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By Taran Adarsh, October 8, 2010 – 08:29 IST
The highpoint of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s movies was the simplicity with which he narrated the story of ordinary people. Soaked in humour with an undercurrent of emotions, the films made by Hrishi-da are fresh to this date, inspiring the present-day film-makers as well. DO DOONI CHAAR, directed by debutant Habib Faisal, could easily pass off as a Hrishikesh Mukherjee film. A simple plot involving simpletons and straight out of life situations makes this one an extremely watchable experience. The casting of Rishi and Neetu Kapoor in pivotal parts is, without doubt, the icing on the cake.
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Come to think of it, DO DOONI CHAAR is a complete contrast to what’s being made these days. It’s far from glossy, the setting is a middle class house in a tiny colony of Delhi, the characters are far from classy, the problems are very, very real and yes, there’s a message towards the final moments of the film. But it’s these factors that make DO DOONI CHAAR a notch above the commonplace. Most importantly, this film has soul, which most films lack these days.
Final word? The life of the ordinary is presented most extra-ordinarily here. DO DOONI CHAAR is a little gem that should not be missed!
Life can be tough for a man who teaches at a school for a living, lives in a tiny flat in Delhi and is coping with the double digit inflation rates and single digit increments in his salary. Add to that, a teenage daughter, a fast-track son and a wife who loves the good life. The life of the Duggals is passing by in simply taking care of the basics. Until one day, they decide to dream.
Their ticket to dreaming comes in the form of a wedding invitation. What follows is a journey of chaos, realizations, calculations, confrontations and bonding. This crazy Duggals will fight it out at home [and the neighborhood] for what they think is a ‘good buy’ for the family: a four-wheeler.
DO DOONI CHAAR works for a number of reasons, the prime reason being its tight and interesting script which abounds in real-life situations that have been presented with utmost conviction. Desperately wanting to possess a four-wheeler, the story unfolds beautifully and the characters, each of them, only enhance the impact. Even the individual stories of the two kids are wonderfully presented.
Any hiccups? No really, but the pre-climax tends to get unbelievable when the free for all takes place in a fast food joint and the chase that ensues. However, the conclusion carries a strong message, which registers a strong impact.
Habib Faisal is a director to watch. His writing is the highpoint and his handling of the subject is top notch. He has executed the light moments as well as subtle emotions amazingly well. The songs are smartly placed in the narrative, with the title track topping the list.
Rishi Kapoor is the lifeline of the film, he delivers a sparkling performance. The veteran has delivered incredible performances in the past and his work in DO DOONI CHAAR is at par with those terrific portrayals. Neetu Kapoor is admirable. A complete natural, she adds so much to a scene, which otherwise would’ve fallen flat had a lesser actor been cast in that role. More than anything else, it’s an experience watching this real-life jodi together after a hiatus. The two kids – Archit and Aditi – are excellent in their respective roles. Akhilendra Mishra is first-rate. Supriya Shukla is fantastic.
On the whole, DO DOONI CHAAR is a delight to watch. Just don’t miss this one!
By Taran Adarsh, August 27, 2010 – 08:18 IST
Jog your memory and recall films highlighting the nuisance called dowry. Images of a number of movies would instantly conjure up in front of your eyes. Now think of groom kidnapping. Have you heard of it or ‘Pakrauah Shaadi’ [that's how it is referred to in North India]? I had vaguely heard of it once, but was clueless about the reasons that prompt people to kidnap eligible bachelors. ANTARDWAND not only spells out the reasons, but also tackles the issue with rare understanding.
Cinema lovers are thirsting for novel and untold stories and ANTARDWAND is a applaud-worthy film that fills the void. Real, disturbing and shocking, ANTARDWAND, reportedly based on a true story, is a power-packed film. If you crave for new stories and often complain that Hindi films have started stagnating, ANTARDWAND should be your pick this weekend.
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Final word? The year 2010 has seen a number of ‘small’ or low cost films having a lot to offer in the dark confines of an auditorium. Now add ANTARDWAND to that list!
Raghuveer [Raj Singh Chaudhary], who has just appeared for his Civil Services exams, is admonished by his father [Vinay Pathak] against marrying his pregnant girlfriend in Delhi. Distraught and defenseless, Raghu terminates his visit home in the interiors of Bihar and leaves for Delhi. But before he could get out of the village, he is abducted by another headstrong and ambitious father [Akhilendra Mishra] of a girl [Swati Sen] wanting to have a potential IAS officer as his son-in-law.
The boy is forcibly married off at gun point, much against his and the girl’s own wishes. Once married, they are locked up in a room for several days till they consummate their marriage and accept each other completely. But do they accept each other in the face of inevitability?
Director Sushil Rajpal needs to be lauded for choosing a novel story and narrating it with flourish. Filmed at actual locations, the debutant director not only captures the atmosphere well, but also keeps the realism alive all through those two hours. In fact, one of the strengths of the film is its unconventional story/screenplay [Amitabh Varma] and even though the viewer becomes a participant after a while, you just can’t guess what will happen next or how the film will culminate eventually. In fact, the open ending sets you thinking and most importantly, also seems appropriate.
The first-time director has handled a number of sequences with elan. The entire episode of the groom being kidnapped, tortured physically and mentally and his subsequent marriage gives you gooseflesh. Even the finale, when the daughter reacts sharply, is brilliant.
Sushil Rajpal makes a solid impact as a storyteller. However, the story stagnates in the second hour, but gathers momentum quickly thereafter when the guy consummates the marriage in an inebriated state. The twist and turns in the final reels also keep you thoroughly engrossed.
ANTARDWAND has fine performances by one and all. Raj Singh Chaudhary is natural. Swati Sen is first-rate. Akhilendra Mishra is dynamic. Vinay Pathak is calm and restrained. Himanshi [as Sia] is okay. Jaya Bhattacharya stands out. The actress enacting the role of Swati Sen’s mother is good.
On the whole, ANTARDWAND has a hitherto untold story to tell, which it tells most convincingly. Of course, a film like ANTARDWAND caters to a niche audience, who, I am sure, should praise the effort.
Guests are of two types-those who visit just for a couple of hours and those who visit for a couple of (or maybe even more) days. I and my family have mostly faced only first category guests. But I dread the day when far-fetched relatives will come to our house and stay for quite a few days. After all, our daily routine and personal life will go for a toss. Thus where Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge scores is its huge relatable factor. You can identify with the situations the couple faces when an unexpected unwanted guest lands into their house and even sympathize with them. However, there is a lot more in the film that touches the viewers and that’s its biggest strength.
The story of the movie: Puneet (Ajay Devgn) is a film writer staying in an upmarket residential society in Mumbai with his wife Munmun (Konkona Sen Sharma) and their son. One fine day, Puneet’s chacha and very distant relative Lambodhar (Paresh Rawal) lands up at Puneet’s house unannounced. At first, the couple welcomes Chachaji with open arms but soon, they get tired of him because of his mannerisms, habits and huge huge appetite! Puneet and Munmun come up with various ideas to hasten Chachaji’s departure but they fail each time. To make matters worse, the guest refuses to announce when he would depart!
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge begins wonderfully with some interesting sketches and a monologue by Jaaved Jaffery. It sets the mood but the later scenes where the couple and the child are waiting for a guest to arrive seemed too unreal. But things improve when the guest actually arrives and this happens in the first 10 minutes itself. The way Puneet and Munmun get irritated thanks to Chachaji was nicely presented. Hilarious scenes in the first hour are Chachaji telling the maid to sweep well and Puneet preferring to go to prison so that he can complete his script in peace than staying at home with his atithi! And how can I forget…Viju Khote getting irritated full-on thanks to Chachachi and how it leads to a disaster. The intermission point was excellent and the dramatic scene works very well.
As you can note, there’s not much story in the film and hence for some viewers, things might turn monotonous after a point of time especially in the 2nd half. Nevertheless, the sequences here work well especially Akhiledra Mishra sequence. However, the pre-climax and climax (involving Ganesh Chaturthi and Visarjan) was excellent and surprisingly, it wasn’t forced and gelled very well the plot. Also, the jokes and sequences throughout the film are sweet, funny and unadulterated. Hence this is a complete family film without a shred of doubt!
Ajay Devgn awes with a complete natural performance. You forget that he is a big star and view him as a common man suffering at the hands of an unwanted atithi. And shockingly, ever since he removed the ‘A’ from his surname, his films are doing a great job-first All The Best and now Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge! Hopefully, his next films (Raajneeti, Aakrosh, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, Golmaal 3) would work and that too on its merits!
Konkona Sen Sharma as usual gives a confident performance and is extremely likeable. The way she everytime gets completely into her character and comes out with flying colours is really worth appreciating! Keep rocking Koko!
Paresh Rawal is what makes the film a winner. You hate when him when he makes life miserable for couple and you love him whole heartedly when he shows his humane side. A brilliant performance indeed! Sanjay Mishra was funny esp in his first scene. Satish Kaushik gives a fabulous performance. Watch out for him during his enty, intermission point and pre-climax! Akhilendra Mishra was hilarious. So was Viju Khote. Mukesh Tiwari tickles the funny bone when he tells how he bhagaoed a guest from his home! The actors who played Ajay’s neighbours and his kid were good too.
Amit Mishra composed the title track which suits the film’s theme. Other songs by Pritam were preety alright but Jyoti Jalaile (a devotional remake of Beedi song) was quite creative. Sanjay Chowdhury’s background score was exhilarating. Aseem Bajaj’s cinematography was flawless like everytime.
Amita Pathak, the young lady who’s the producer of the film deserves a bow for completing this film in just 4 months. Also the film has rich production values which make the film look fresh! Great work and waiting for your second production!
Robin Bhatt, Ashwni Dhir and Tushar Hiranandani’s screenplay was brilliant, balancing the funny and devotional sequences well. There were some unimportant scenes in the 2nd half but nevertheless, it was funny.
Ashwni has written the story, dialogues and has directed the film too. He is in a much better form than he was during his first directorial venture, One Two Three. He chose a nice story of a nuclear family facing an irritating guest in their house and later learning valuable lessons from him. Hoping to see him coming up with more such sweet-n-simple films!
Some of the best scenes of the film:
1. Puneet explaining a scene to Kaushik
2. Chachaji’s confrontation with the watchman
3. Chachaji’s scenes with the maid (hilarious)
4. Puneet in prison
5. Chachaji gets into a ‘kicking mode’
6. The intermission point
7. Puneet and Munmun in the police station
8. The entire pre-climax and climax
On the whole, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge is a sweet and simple film that will surely leave a smile on your face! The film today entered its 5th week and is still running successfully. Go for it and that too with your entire family!
My rating-*** ½ out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, March 4, 2010 – 15:58 IST
One of my childhood memories is that of several relatives visiting us in Mumbai [presumably for a few days], but overstaying their welcome. Those days, the atithis were never looked upon as ‘intruders’.
Times have changed! If you live in a metropolis, if your spouse and you work round-the-clock and have commitments to honour, any extra person – other than those living with us or is part of our day-to-day schedule – is strictly unwelcome. His/her arrival may cause hindrance and rob you of your privacy.
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ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? mirrors a reality, but the story has scope for not just humour and emotions, the staple diet of most Hindi movies, but there’s a generous dose of devotional quotient that is well integrated in the storyline.
Do you miss movies of yore, helmed by masters like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee? ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? may not be a CHUPKE CHUPKE, GOLMAAL, CHITCHOR or KHATTA MEETHA, but it has a certain old-world charm that one misses in cinema of today.
Final word? Bring this atithi home!
It tells the story of Puneet [Ajay Devgn] and Munmun [Konkona], a married couple living in Mumbai. Their lives take an interesting turn when a distant relative, Chachaji [Paresh Rawal], turns up unannounced at their doorstep from a far-off village. The guest overstays his welcome, so much so that the exasperated couple come up with various ploys to hasten his departure.
ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? is a light-hearted entertainer that tickles your funny bone at several points. The best part is, you not only laugh at the funny one-liners, but also at situations, which are so life-like and which makes you connect with them instantly.
ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? rests on three characters primarily – Ajay, Konkona and Paresh – and director Ashwni Dhir and his team of writers [Robin Bhatt, Tushar Hiranandani] have ensured that there are ample [enjoyable] scenes that you carry home. What really takes you by surprise is the devotional factor that has been smartly injected in the screenplay. The traditional Indian audiences would love the Mata ki aarti, the Ganesh Chaturthi festival and the sanskaar that the atithi instils in Ajay and Konkona’s child.
But the writing wanders into unwanted areas, which could’ve been avoided in the first place. The raid at the hotel, where Ajay, Konkona and their son move into, seems unnecessary. Ditto for the subsequent scene at the cop station. Immediately thereafter, Ajay hires the services of a Bhai to get rid of Paresh, which looks far-fetched. These three incidents, which come back to back, only add to the length of the film. Also, Paresh breaking wind [gas/flatulence] looks funny in a scene or two, but why make it a recurring occurrence? An overdose is embarrassing!
However, the climax, which starts with the sthapna of Lord Ganesh’s idol in Ajay’s home, till the culmination of the story, makes the goings-on immensely watchable. Director Ashwni Dhir, best known for penning comic shows, proves that he’s at ease handling dramatic [interval point] and emotional [climax] scenes with gusto. Pritam’s music is ordinary, but the songs fit well in the narrative, especially the two devotional tracks. The title track [Amit Mishra] is quite catchy. Aseem Bajaj’s camerawork is first-rate. Dialogues [Ashwni Dhir] are excellent.
Come to think of it, it requires a lot of courage to play a role that’s devoid of star mannerisms and Ajay enacts this part most convincingly. Konkona is spontaneous and a complete natural. Paresh is superb as the atithi. He’s definitely the scene-stealer! Satish Kaushik shines, especially in the sequence when he apologises to Ajay. Akhilendra Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari and Viju Khote are alright. Sanjay Mishra is first-rate.
On the whole, ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? is a hilarious movie, but unlike any slapstick comedy. It’s a light-hearted film with sensibility, humour and a strong undercurrent of emotion. This atithi is sure to find a place in your heart!