Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?
Film: Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?
Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Konkona Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Satish Kaushik, Akhilendra Mishra, Sanjay Mishra
Screenplay: Robin Bhatt, Ashwini Dhir, Tushar Hiranandani
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
Editor: Dharmendra Sharma
Choreography: Raju Khan
Cinematography: Aseem Bajaj
Direction: Ashwini Dhir
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures India
Duration: 1 hour 58 minutes
A more of a leer and simpler kind of drama by Ashwini Dhir, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge is quite different from all the frenzied laugh acts that have been trying to make its audiences laugh recently in Bollywood. The movie does not even try to convince you that life is full of smiles and laughter, where as it just goes on creating condition where in you feel the warmth and smile off with a known eccentricity of the decipherable situations.
Inspired by the comedy entries of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee’s cinemas in 1980’s, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge is a light hearted entertainer resting on three main characters, Munmun, Puneet and Chachaji. Munmun (Konkona Sen Sharma) and Puneet (Ajay Devgan), a married couple, who are living happily in Mumbai till a distant relative, Chachaji (Paresh Rawal) drops off, from a far off village, into their house without informing. The visitor overstays his welcome and hence, the couple starts getting incensed and begins to plan out different ways to speed up his departure.
Though the movie may not be completely fulfilling, but it has got a sure shot old-world charm that one certainly misses out in the cinemas of today. The surprising part is that the devotional factor has smartly been infused inside the screenplay and the audiences, especially the traditional Indian ones, will love the way the different sanskaars, Chachaji inculcates into Puneet and Munmun’s son. But somewhere the writing moves off into unwanted areas that could have been avoided easily, especially, the raid at the hotel then the cop scene, and later the hiring of the services of a Bhai to get rid of Chachaji from their home. Also, the repeat telecast of Chachaji breaking the wind looks funny but then due to the repetition becomes an overdose.
Regarding the performances, all were good. Ajay Devgan has performed his part most persuasively, Konkona Sen Sharma is completely natural and spontaneous throughout the movie and Paresh Rawal is truly superb in his act as Atithi and has stolen out every scene from the other actors. Sanjay Mishra, Akhilendra Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari and Viju Khote were also good in their role, and Satish Kaushik shines out, especially in the part where he apologizes to Ajay. No doubt the dialogues by Ashwani Dhir are excellent and the cinematography by Aseem Bajaj is truly first class.
Truly cunning, smart and softly funny, the movie is a worth watch. Bring its DVD home to have more fun.