Saturday, March 06, 2010

Athithi : Tum Kab Jaoge

Rating : 4/10
Release Date : 5th Mar, 2010
Time : 150 minutes
Director & Writer : Ashwn Dheer; Music : Pritam
Starring : Ajay Devgn, Konkona Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal

This is a one joke movie and like any joke, the laughs start to wear thin after a while and when the joke is repeated too often. There are some nice moments, some genuinely funny stuff, but too little and too far apart.

Ajay Devgn and Konkona have never had guests of the staying variety at their home. Their son doesn’t even know what guest means. Into their life walks in Paresh Rawal. The relationship between him and Ajay is distant at best, but he walks in and turns their life upside down. Koko and Ajay have to move out of their room so that he can have the AC, he wakes them up by gargling loudly early morning, he insists on full meals, cooked by her (and only after she has a bath), he farts copiously, causes problems in Ajay’s work, ruins the relationship between Koko’s boss and her. In short he’s their worst nightmare. What will happen next ?

The film never really builds momentum of any sort, going sentimental at times and comic at others. The same jokes are repeated ad nauseum. It just never really rises above mediocrity.

What I did like was the small part about culture, the relationship shown between Paresh and the kid, where Paresh imparts to him some knowledge about our scriptures, deities, heritage, rituals etc. In todays nuclear family age, our culture is probably the biggest casualty and kids don’t get enough of their grandparents and vice versa. I wish there was more of this in the film.

There are some funny moments – Paresh’s aarti is set to a v familiar non-devotional tune, his way of tipping people, the conversation between the police officer and Ajay / Koko about guests were all enjoyable but not enough to sustain a two and a half hour film.

They were trying to sell the film as being Hrishikesh Mukherjee-esque. Nice try but no cigar….

1 comment:


Hi Apurv,

Of late, so many good movies have released. Specifically LSD (Love Sex Dhoka). But you have gone missing. I rely on your reviews my Movie Mentor.