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By Joginder Tuteja, November 10, 2010 – 12:21 IST
Golmaal 3 is a hit at the minimum and could well be chartering a superhit route for itself. This also means that the combination of Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty has done well at the box office all over again. It is a known fact that Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty bond the best due to their long professional and personal association from the past. Zameen, Golmaal, Golmaal Returns, Sunday and All The Best, Ajay and Rohit have collaborated on each of the six films.
Now with Golmaal 3, the ‘jodi’ has come together yet again and though Rohit is expected to have led from the front in the making of this multistarrer, one wonders whether Ajay also made any special contribution to the film since he is a buddy.
Says Tusshar Kapoor, Ajay’s co-actor in the film, who has been another regular fixture of Golmaal series and also did a special song and dance appearance in Sunday, “There isn’t any particular contribution by Ajay during the making of Golmaal 3. Ajay allows the director to do his job and since Rohit himself comes with a good experience behind him now, there wasn’t any need for that either.”
However, it does happen in the making of a film that due to a great personal and professional rapport shared by the key team members, there is bound to be some exchange of ideas. Also, since Ajay has directed U Me Aur Hum before, has 20 years of acting experience behind him and would be picking up his second directorial venture soon, it is but obvious that he would share his point of view when a film is being made.
“Of course Ajay was giving suggestions; he did share his inputs just like any other actor. However, he wasn’t extending anything beyond that”, Tusshar responds quickly, “He was being laidback and chilling out, as were most of us. Yes, Ajay has been a director himself and also quite close to Rohit. If he would have wanted, he would have had his say. But then that wasn’t required at all since Rohit was anyways so sure about what he was making and working with clockwork precision.”
That should settle all doubts and speculations for good.
By Subhash K. Jha, November 5, 2010 – 11:43 IST
After Priyanka Chopra in Saat Khoon Maaf, it is now Tusshar Kapoor’s turn to scream and rant so hard for a dramatic sequence that his voice is all but lost. Playing mute in Golmaal is no more a laughing matter for Tusshar Kapoor. In the third part of the Golmaal series, Tusshar has been given a 6-minute long dramatic sequence where he has to express rage, indignance, bitterness angst and pathos all within the same given space.
Tusshar Kapoor’s reference for the sequence was, ahem ahem, Shabana Azmi’s celebrated outburst sequence in Ankur where her mute character hurled stones at the zamindar’s house in protest for all the injustice and humiliation heaped on her. This was the sequence in Ankur about which the mighty Satyajit Ray had said, it established Shabana as the finest dramatic actress of our times. As a mute character, Tusshar’s ready reference-point was Shabana’s mute character in Ankur.
Barely able to talk the actor says, “Shabana is an actor I great admire. And of course a complete institute of acting. In fact, coincidentally, I am doing film entitled Hum Tum Aur Shabana. Doing the dramatic sequence for Golmaal was very tough because the mood is comic. I had to suddenly swerve into the serious mode. When my director Rohit Shetty told me about it I chickened out.”
Repeated viewing of Shabana’s mute indignance gave Tusshar the confidence to carry it off. “It took me three days to do the scene and Rohit had to break it up into two parts before shooting it. But I managed it. I am very proud of that sequence. Even though I have almost lost my voice in trying to convey my mute character’s anguish through primeval sounds. But it’s okay there’s a sense of fulfillment I’ve never felt before.”
Tusshar is slowly inching towards a more meaningful kind of cinema. His sister Ekta Kapoor’s production Shor stars Tusshar in one of three offbeat stories that comprise the film.
Says Tusshar, “I wouldn’t call it experimental. But yes, Shor is a very different kind of film. I star in one of the three stories. We’re taking the film to the Pusan and New York film festivals before releasing it commercially.”
That Tusshar is inching towards a different kind of cinema is proven by the fact that he has just said no Priyadarshan’s thriller Tezz.
Protests Tusshar, “I had no choice. I didn’t have the dates. I am shooting for the Rajshri’s film Love U…Mr. Kalaakar with Amrita Rao. It’s not the typical Sooraj Barjatya film about the joint family. It’s a very contemporary yet traditional film. I couldn’t let this film down for Priyan’s film. My father successfully juggled dates all his career. I must learn how to do this.”
By now we are all well-versed with Rohit Shetty cinema. All his films bear the stamp of total madness, total fun and lots of entertainment. No wonder his films are seen ideal for Diwali release, when the mood is upbeat. Golmaal 3 too arrives today, on a Diwali, with hugest expectations. This is India’s officially first trilogy (if one doesn’t count My Friend Ganesha series) and the need was a product which would meet all the expectations attached to it. Fortunately, Golmaal 3 fulfills all those expectations! The film is entertaining and funny from the word ‘Go’. Unfortunately, there are some glitches but the pros compensate for these minor flaws and overall the film just rocks!
The story of the movie: Gopal (Ajay Devgn) lives with his brother Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), friend Daboo (Kareena Kapoor) and mother Guddi (Ratna Pathak Shah). On the other hand, Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty), a bus driver, stays with his sons-Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and Laxman (Kunal Khemu). Sons of both Pritam and Guddi can’t stand each other and there’s intense hatred between them. However, what no one knows is Pritam and Guddi were lovers once upon a time who couldn’t marry due to existing circumstances. When they meet after many years, they decide to rekindle their relationship. With Daboo’s persuasion, they get married without Guddi’s sons knowing that Pritam’s sons are the ones they hate and also the other way round. To find out what happens when they find out the bitter truth, watch the film!
It’s evident that Golmaal 3 wasn’t an easy film to make. There were as many as 8 important characters and numerous side characters. Forget the sidekicks, giving adequate screen space to each of the principal characters is a daunting task. However, the writers and makers succeed in doing so. Each character is unique and gets proper time to display their histrionics! Secondly, the director (Rohit Shetty) was helming the part 3 of a successful series. Although Golmaal 1 was successful, Golmaal 2 was thrashed by some for its not-so-interesting humour. Shetty and his team have learnt from their mistakes and appropriate care is taken to come up with a script which inspite of being illogical, is entertaining and tickles the funny bone!
Like all Rohit Shetty films, Golmaal 3 too begins with the title track. There are many scenes that truly stand out. Ajay and team screwing up Arshad team’s business twice and unintentionally destroying their own was too good. The entire flashback of Mithun-Ratna was brilliant and it was told in typical 70s-80s style with retro sets and background score. The best part of the 1st half was when the sons of Mithun and Ratna find the truth and the madness that follows. Just amazing!
Post-interval too the fun doesn’t subside. One of the finest sequences here was both the sibling teams threatening one another without mouthing a single word. It was truly very witty and of course totally hilarious! The emotional drama that erupts was fortunately very well treated. The climax was where the film could have hit a sixer. It was a bit thanda compared to the madness that it succeeded. But nevertheless, it entertains and you come out with a smile!
In Golmaal Returns, it was Shreyas who took away the cake. Here’s its none other than Ajay who’s undoubtedly the best performer of the film! His looks are killer and he carries out the role of hot-headed weirdo with elan. A versatile actor is one who is able to come up with a unique performance in each of the film of the same genre. Ajay succeeds very well in doing that! Hats off!
Kareena Kapoor has never attempted something like this before and she too comes out with flying colours. Even as a tomboy, she looks so hot and this is a considerable feat! Tusshar outperforms everyone in many of the scenes. Also in the only emotional sequence of the film, it’s him who rocks! Great work! Arshad Warsi who was very badly sidelined in Golmaal Returns gets a meaty role in Golmaal 3 and like everytime, gives a fabulous performance. Shreyas Talpade’s stammering act was funny but only at some places. Kunal Khemu brings the house down with his class dialogues!
Mithun Chakraborty gives an honest performance. He’s at his best in flashback scenes and when he makes a signature move in Apna Har Din song! Ratna Pathak Shah too comes up with a fine performance. Johny Lever was just brilliant and will surely be loved for his antics! Watch out for him! Mukesh Tiwari (Vasooli) is funny when he abuses the cop. Murli Sharma (cop) is there in 3 scenes, all of which are very funny. Viju Khote, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra don’t get much scope.
Pritam’s music isn’t topping-the-charts kind but suits well to the mood of the film. The title song, Ale and Apna Har Din are likeable. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background score is terrific especially in action scenes and the aforementioned dialogue-less significant sequence! Dudley’s cinematography gave a fresh and festive look to the film. Jai Singh Nijjar’s action was good although Rohit Shetty should curb the scenes of exploding cars!
Story although bit inspired from old films was well-written. Same for screenplay (Yunus Sajawal) although Yunus could have been a bit imaginative in the climax. Dialogues (Farhad-Sajid, Bunty Rathore) were one of the best things about the film! Especially the ones mouthed by Kunal are simply fantastic!
Finally, Rohit Shetty once again comes up with a winner! The director had gone a bit off-track with Sunday and Golmaal Returns but came back on track with All The Best and now Golmaal 3. As mentioned earlier, the expectations associated with this flick were huge but fortunately, he satisfies all of them. He could have still come up with a better product. But still no complaints as the film entertains like hell. Keep churning out such nice entertaining films RS!
Some of the best scenes:
1. First face-off between the two sibling gangs
2. Pappi (Johny Lever) on the jetski
3. Pritam’s flashback
4. Daboo persuades Pritam and Guddi to marry
5. Daboo persuades the siblings for Pritam-Guddi’s marriage
6. Madness just before the intermission (excellent!)
7. Pritam as the ghost
8. Facebook the dog bites Pritam’s bum
9. High-voltage emotional drama between the siblings
10. The climax
On the whole, Golmaal 3 is a great entertainer which has released during the right time of festival and celebration! It is loaded with tons of masti and madness. Just like every other Rohit Shetty film, don’t look for sense and logic and you’ll definitely enjoy the ride! Enjoy!
AND WISHING ALL THE READERS A HAPPY DIWALI AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
My rating-**** out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, November 4, 2010 – 12:28 IST
Brand GOLMAAL is back again. Its equity continues to soar upwards. Naturally, every film of this franchise carries the burden of humungous expectations. Touted as India’s first-ever trilogy, GOLMAAL 3 [G-3], the third installment of GOLMAAL and GOLMAAL RETURNS, promises to mesmerize, tickle your funny bone and entertain moviegoers of all ages. G-3 promises to be bigger, better, funnier and far more entertaining and amusing than the first two parts.
There’s a flipside of having a thriving brand. No matter how hard you try, comparisons with the earlier parts are inevitable. The question everyone’s keen to ask is, does it supersede the forerunners in terms of entertainment? The best thing about G-3 is that it lives up to its undertaking of amusing you from the word go, till the very culmination. From inception to conclusion, save for a few lax moments, G-3 is high on fun and entertainment quotient.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
By now one is well versed with Rohit Shetty’s funda: Come, have a blast at the movies. Frankly, there’s no word called ‘logic’ in Shetty’s cinematic dictionary and the moviegoer too has attuned himself/herself to Shetty’s high-on-entertainment laughathons. I’ve often said that comedy is serious business and a director attempting one has to walk a tightrope. But Shetty has mastered the art by now and G-3 proves that when it comes to entertainers, he’s amongst the best in the business.
Final word? G-3 rocks! It may not go down in history as the best side-splitting entertainer ever made, but it should go down in history as the first trilogy that would pass the audience test with flying colors. G-3 raises the bar for G-4, what say Mr. Shetty?
G-3 highlights the story of hatred between two bunch of siblings. Ajay Devgn [Gopal] lives with his brother Shreyas Talpade [Laxman], mother Ratna Pathak Shah [Geeta aka Guddi] and best friend Kareena Kapoor [Daboo]. Their world collides with another trio, Arshad Warsi [Madhav], Tusshar Kapoor [Lucky] and Kunal Khemu [Laxman].
Arshad, Tusshar and Kunal’s father Mithun Chakraborty [Pritam] and Ajay and Shreyas’ mother Ratna Pathak Shah decide to rekindle their relationship and with Kareena’s persuasion even get married. But there’s a problem: The kids detest each other. To complicate matters further, there’s a thief Johnny Lever [Puppy] and his henchmen [Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra] and a necklace that’s hidden somewhere.
Two things. One, before watching G-3, I had felt that focusing on eight main characters would lead to chaos only as there would be no scope for character development. But I was proven completely wrong because each character is well etched out and by the time the movie concludes, you don’t feel that the show belongs to ‘x’, while ‘y’ was sidelined. The movie belongs to everyone!
Two, it’s said that G-3 is inspired by Basu Chatterjee’s KHATTA MEETHA [1978; starring Ashok Kumar and Pearl Padamsee], Umesh Mehra’s HAMARE TUMHARE [1979; starring Sanjeev Kumar and Raakhee] and the Hollywood film YOURS, MINE AND OURS , wherein an elderly couple, having their own kids, decide to live under one roof. Rohit Shetty and his team of writers [screenplay: Yunus Sajawal; script consultant: Robin Bhatt] may be inspired by these films, but they have given G-3 a completely different flavor and dimension altogether. The writing, I wish to forewarn, defies logic, sense and reason, therefore one has to go with the flow. It has a skeletal plot, but is packed with jokes, jibes, pranks and of course, stunts/action [Rohit Shetty's movies are incomplete without cars being blown to smithereens].
The casting of Johnny Lever as the absentminded and scatterbrained thief is a master stroke. The writing, execution and portrayal of this part must’ve been an arduous task, but what comes across on screen is remarkable. In fact, this track would work wonders with the audience, especially those who swear by the Johnny Lever brand of humour. Johnny’s sequence on the water scooter, to cite an instance, is sure to bring the house down. Besides the sequences involving Johnny Lever, I’d like to single out yet another sequence that shows the siblings threatening each other. It’s a sequence without words but a super background score [Sanjoy Chowdhury], with the siblings trying to threaten one another with every possible thing in the house – be it a cactus plant or a rose, be it a tomato or a pumpkin, while their parents [Mithun and Ratna] watch HUM SAATH-SAATH HAIN on TV. Also, Kareena’s pet dog called Facebook trying to get the bone out of Mithun’s pocket is bizarre, but will be loved by the hoi polloi. Prepare to laugh your guts out in the above-mentioned scenes.
Any hiccups? The climax could have been a little more imaginative. It follows the trademark Priyadarshan style of getting together the entire cast, including supporting actors to villain sidekicks, for the finale. No issues with that, but a more innovative and ingenious finale would have only proven the icing on the cake.
Relying more on treatment than content, G-3 has the by-now-famous stamp of Rohit Shetty all over it. The director gets ample help from writer Yunus Sajawal and dialogue writers Farhad-Sajid and Bunty Rathore [additional dialogues]. The screenplay doesn’t give you time to think, while the dialogues are truly funny at most times. As the third installment in the GOLMAAL series, G-3 has a lot to live up to and so does the soundtrack [Pritam]. ‘Golmaal’ is fun, while ‘Ale’ moves at a feverish pace. Cinematography [Dudley] is perfect, while the action scenes [Jai Singh Nijjar] are exciting.
Like I pointed out earlier, every actor in the film contributes his/her bit in making this fun ride enjoyable. Yet, I’d like to single out Ajay, who goes for a grungy makeover. The rugged style, diamond ear studs, tattoos and cropped hair suits the hyper character that he portrays. He’s excellent. Another well-written character is of Kareena, who fits in so well with the boys. She looks every bit the tomboy she is expected to be. She’s matchless. Tusshar gives a brand new dimension to the character he has learnt so well to portray. He is sure to have the audience in splits with his class act. I’d also like to single out the emotional sequence, which Tusshar performs with gusto. Arshad oozes sufficient confidence to carry off the role, while Shreyas and Kunal are wonderful as well.
Mithun Chakraborty and Ratna Pathak Shah are genuinely lovable, while Johnny Lever is simply fantastic. Ditto for his henchmen, enacted by Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra. Mukesh Tiwari, Murli Sharma, Vijay Patkar, Viju Khote and Ashwini Kalsekar lend very good support. Prem Chopra is superb in a cameo.
On the whole, GOLMAAL 3 is an ideal fun ride with thrice the enjoyment and gratification, thrice the magic and thrice the hilarity. Go on, have a blast and make this Diwali thrice more entertaining for you. An out-and-out entertainer, it’s sure to light up the celebratory festive mood.
By Joginder Tuteja, October 9, 2010 – 11:30 IST
Excited? In fact I was really-really excited when I got a thought of doing a feature on the 40 years journey of Amitabh Bachchan as he turns 68 on 11th October. ‘Wow’, I said to myself, ‘For anyone, it is a lifetime opportunity to be doing something truly substantial on the professional life of an actor who doesn’t have any parallel in the industry for last 40 years’.
And just as it would happened to those dozens of actors who would have jumped with joy when given an opportunity to share centre stage with Amitabh Bachchan, I too found myself pretty much frozen. Pen down the film journey? That too of someone like Amitabh Bachchan? THE Amitabh Bachchan?
Nervous? Puzzled? Confused? Worried? – No, I thought for long but I wasn’t feeling any one of these emotions. Also, it wasn’t even the sum of all of these. And now I know why actors just go ahead and make a sweet and simple statement when asked to comment on their working with Amitabh Bachchan – ‘Oh, I was so excited yet nervous about working with Mr. Bachchan. But then he assured me enough so that I could deliver my best.’
Wish he was there with me as well to assure me when I started penning down this feature. After all the fact remains that books have been written on the life and the times of Amitabh Bachchan. He has been a subject for many a thesis writer. And now it was my turn to do something substantial for audience to know about how the living legend has grown with every passing decade and reaffirmed his place in the industry.
Of course there are dozens of anecdotes to be shared. But then hasn’t everything, just about everything about him, already been well documented, preserved and savoured? If we have been reading the dozen odd major books that have been written on him, we know about majority of these anecdotes. ‘So what’s new’, I said to myself. When you have a subject like Amitabh Bachchan, one is bound to end up wearing a fan’s hat as well and end up going on a few tangents as well.
This is where Google came in handy. I thought, let me browse through the wide world of web and figure out something that I was myself perhaps unaware of. And this is how I came across a startling fact. A fact that in addition to dozen odd guest/special appearances that he has done for known films like Kunwara Baap, Choti Si Baat, Guddi, Chala Murari Hero Banane, Golmaal, Chashme Baddoor, Professar Ki Padosan, Soorma Bhopali, Agni Vasrha, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and many more, there are quite a few more that have went totally unnoticed.
In fact some of the guest appearances belong to the kind that even went un-credited. Unfortunately, DVDs of most of the films are not available on stands that could have aided in cross checking the validity of the information I gathered. Perhaps the man himself would be able to shed light on whether the snippets below belonging to ‘Did you know’ category really existed and then lost in the pages of history? Is this all true or perhaps just folk fare?
Let’s browse through them and await more inputs from film historians or the man on the Big Seat – Big B!
- Before Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, it was Amitabh Bachchan who had acted in Garam Masala. No, not under the baton of Priyadarshan but a director called Aspi Irani. The film was released in 1972 and Amitabh Bachchan had played the role of Robert Taylor in it. To think about it, this was a film where he was un-credited.
- He had also done a guest appearance in a film called Jaban (1972) which was a zero star cast affair. This time around there was some relief for Bachchan though since he also had Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha for company, all of whom were billed as special appearance.
- To add to the trivia, there was also a film titled Bada Kabootar (1973) which was directed by Deven Verma and had featured the actor in a guest appearance.
- Many years down the line, he made a special appearance as a ‘Qawalli’ singer in Charandas (1977).
- It wasn’t as if he went un-credited or made minor appearances only during his initial struggle period in Bollywood. Even when he had managed superstar status for himself, he was ever so willing to help out friends in need. This is why he was willing to go un-credited for his role of a Punjabi truck driver in Amjad Khan starrer Commander (1981).
- In the same year (1981), he also made a special appearance for Mehar Mittal starrer Walayati Babu.
- A few years down the line, he also played a minor role in Sujit Kumar’s Paan Khaye Saiyan Hamaar (1984), a film which is hardly remembered by any today.
- Last but certainly not the least, there was a film called Bombay Talkie (1970) where he played the role of a mourner in a funeral? Well, if this is not a bad news by itself, here is some more. His scene from the film was deleted and hence he remained un-credited. Shocked? Well, I too was!
For Golmaal 3, the actor was perched on two cars without cables. The director, Rohit Shetty, is impressed
Devgn is trying to make a name for himself with stunts. With the Golmaal series, he has taken that leap of faith. While in the first part of Golmaal, we saw Ajay Devgn make an entry on a sports bike (a bit of a throwback to his debut Phool aur Kaante).
In Golmaal Returns, we saw him making an entrance balancing on two hummers, but this time with Golmaal 3, Devgn is pulling a stunt which is bigger and better than the last two.
Our source said, “Ajay Devgn will be seen balancing himself on two Dodge cars, one bright pink, the other yellow. But here is the catch. The cars were driven on only two wheels. Balancing on two inclined cars becomes a task, but not for Ajay Devgn. He performed this stunt with ease without a harness or a cable.”
When contacted, Rohit Shetty, director of Golmaal 3, said, “Yes, it is true and the most interesting part was that he used no harness or cable. It took us three days to figure out how it can be pulled off and took us one day to shoot it.”
Wednesday 17th March 2010 09.00 IST
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Its looking set to be a battle between comedies this Diwali. Although a lot can change in the next few months but as of now Golmaal 3 and No Problem are heading for a clash on 5th November (Diwali).
Golmaal 3 is the third instalment of the Golmaal series after Golmaal and Golmaal Returns directed by Rohit Shetty. Golmaal released in 2006 did well at places while Golmaal Returns released on Diwali 2008 was a major hit. Golmaal 3 will star Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Sheryas Talpade.
No Problem stars Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu and Paresh Rawal and is directed by blockbuster director Anees Bazmee who has a hat trick of mega hits behind him in No Entry, Welcome and Singh Is Kinng.
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The grass is always greener on the other side. One would think Ajay Devgn would be out there celebrating his latest success, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?
Instead, the actor is frowning at titles like ‘King of Comedy’ and ‘Best Comic Actor’. “I’m happy that Atithi… that carried good word of mouth publicity is steady at the ticket windows. However, I’m not happy with being labelled just a good comic actor,” he said. Let’s grant it to Ajay. It’s a known fact that he is indeed one of the few versatile actors in showbiz. In his 20-year career, he has tackled everything from action to drama, emotion to comedy with equal ease. But it was through his comic roles in the Golmaal series, All the Best and the latest Atithi Tum Jab Jaoge? that he met super success. So naturally, that is the image currently dominating the minds of the janta and the trade. The actor begs to differ. Assessing his latest career moves, Ajay said, “I’m going to do Golmaal-3 next. It’s a laugh-a-riot like its prequels. However, the point I’m making is that unlike other actors who have made one genre their forte, I have always mixed and matched my cinema. And I have thoroughly enjoyed whatever work I have taken on.” He doesn’t wish to go into the history of his histrionics but in 2010 alone, Ajay will be seen in cross genre cinema. He has just wrapped up Priyadarshan’s Garam Hawa that is a social thriller based on a very gritty subject. “My next release could be Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbai that is in the Company genre. Then there is Toonpur Ka Superhero that will perhaps have more appeal for children. And in Diwali, Golmaal-3 should release,” he revealed. Ajay has also purchased the rights for a South Indian action film that will be directed by his best friend Rohit Shetty. The two are also in talks with a couple of popular filmmakers for their next films. “My line up for 2011 is also a mixed bag,” said the actor. “Hence I feel I shouldn’t be buttonholed.” The trade gurus agree that here is one actor who is constantly striving to push the envelope even in mainstream cinema. “He should be given marks for trying his hand at various things,” said trade analyst Taran Adarsh. “After all, whether it is comedy, action or serious emotions, Ajay has always given commendable performances.”
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.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
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!