Review - Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge: Welcome for a few days

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
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The light tone keeps you engaged for most of the film, especially the parodied songs. There are a few "aawwww" moments too. But, it is a tiny lecture on the changing value system and gets a little sarcastic. Cute in a very domestic sort-of a way.

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The title by itself has the power to touch any urban, nuclear family. And I wouldn't be surprised if joint families and not-so-few households in the smaller towns would be similarly affected by the title. (Now whether they acknowledge it or not is a different issue altogether.) O unannounced guest - most likely an Indian phenomenon - will thou depart in this lifetime? The humor in the title is sustained in the film. It's not laugh out loud comedy, it's not very subtle either. It keeps that smile more because your day-to-day life is echoing on screen.

The writer tries real hard to balance between two generations; between a village simpleton and the smartened, outwardly-hardened suburbanite. One has its value system intact, the other needs a little bit of dusting to reach the embedded 'good guy'. As one can imagine, all the stereotypes are in place. But they manage to get through without stepping on too many toes, too hard. You can't point at any one event or sub-plot and say, "hey, no one does that!"

And yet, it steps into slapstick-villa or preach-zone every once in a while. It makes you go cringe-cringe. And then there are times at which Ajay Devgn and Konkona Sen Sharma go over-the-top. And that makes you go cringe-cringe too.

Sure, between those cringes are the smiles and the laughs. At the silliness, at the good jokes and at the repetitions that work. There are also songs which are parodies of old, popular songs. Much fun and entertainment they are.

And then there is Paresh Rawal - the perfect annoying, intrusive, meddling house-guest! It is just fun watching him a clean, nice comedy.

Yet there is so much missing! Atithi is also another attempt at a Hrishikesh Mukherjee/Basu Chatterjee type of a film. There is even a tribute to Hamari Bahu Alka. But Atithi gets nowhere close to that charm or the warmth that those films exude.

But the sarcasm is hard to miss. And sarcasm ain't all fun. I mean parents today sure can't teach their kids Sanskrit shlokas just like the older generation can't teach polished English or higher level Mathematics. Anyway, shouldn't all that be done by the people who are trained to do that - the teachers?! Then, what's the point of that whole sub-plot. Why use it to belittle that the parents are doing? I could literally go on and on about this issue. These are stereotypes we learn to live with. We flare at them when we see them in films, and move on.

SO. Yeah, Atithi is serious about what it wants to say, very serious. But tries its best to keep it light. Keep the laughs going. And it does do a decent job of it, too.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None
  • Language: mostly clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A not-so-great hotel/lodge cleared of prostitutes. Its implied, nothing explicit
  • Concept: That of remembering our culture and tradition of being hospitable and respectful towards the older generation.
  • General Look and Feel: Light and peppy.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 2.5
  • Story: 2.5
  • Lead Actors: 3
  • Character Artists: 2
  • Dialogues: 3
  • Screenplay: 2.5
  • Music Director: 3
  • Lyrics: 4

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mahesh:

Nice review. Is it 'O announced guest' or 'unannounced guest' ?

meetu:

@mahesh oopsie-doopsie-poopsie...thanks for pointing it out. Rectified.

Hindi Radio:

wow nice movie. still cant stop laughing remembering the "Kalia" episode in movie. Must watch movie if not in cinema hall atleast on DVD!

Fan:

Nice film. Paras Rawal steals the show - as he always does in a comic role. Ajay Devgan and Konkona Sen Sharma are quite good too but completely shadowed by Paras Rawal. Miss his films now that he has other professional matters to cater to.

Fan:

** Paresh ** and not Paras. Sorry for the typo.

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