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By Taran Adarsh, June 19, 2009 – 14:32 IST

Never judge a book by its cover. But we do! We tend to get carried away by eye-catching promos that a film-maker unleashes prior to a film’s release. We act in haste, rush to a nearby cineplex and soon realise that the best parts were actually highlighted in the promos itself.

That’s exactly what you feel when you watch PAYING GUESTS, helmed by first-timer Paritosh Painter.

Comedy is serious business and Paritosh Painter ought to know this by now, since he has successfully directed a number of plays in the past. Sadly, PAYING GUESTS stands on a waferthin plot, although Paritosh tries hard to add meat to the skeletal body. The film doesn’t have the power to hold your attention for the next 2 hours, although it does [intermittently] make you smile or break into a guffaw.

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Earlier too, we’ve had our macho men getting disguised as girls [Rishi Kapoor and Paintal in RAFOO CHAKKAR were hilarious], but PAYING GUESTS tries so hard to tickle your funny bone, but falls flat.

Final word? This comedy is more of a tragedy… for its viewers!

What happens when four fun-loving boys [Shreyas Talpade, Jaaved Jaffrey, Ashish Chowdhry and Vatsal Sheth] begin a crazy house hunt? In the search for a new accommodation, these crazy friends manage to convince their crazier landlord Ballu [Johny Lever] to keep them as paying guests, but Ballu has one condition, i.e. he wants only couples.

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However, the problem is they are all bachelors. Who will play their wives?

PAYING GUESTS may be a remake of a play, but it also bears a striking resemblance to Sachin’s super-successful Marathi film ASHI HI BANWA BANWI. PAYING GUESTS starts off very well, but runs out of fuel in its initial 30 minutes itself.

You do laugh aloud initially and expect to wear a smile on your face all through the film, but the smile turns into a smirk gradually. Actually, the on-screen characters laugh all the while, not the audience.

PAYING GUESTS fails to deliver thanks to a poor screenplay. Barring the four heroes and the landlords [Johny Lever and Delnaaz Paul], the remaining characters in the film just don’t work. The four leading ladies have nothing worthwhile to do and even the negative forces here [Chunkey Pandey and Inder Kumar] are wasted.

The climax – in a theatre, with every character doing a spoof – is a straight lift from JAANE BHI DO YAARO.

Paritosh Painter had an interesting idea on hand, but the writing plays the villain here. Sajid-Wajid’s music is a ear-sore. Barring ‘Jack & Jill’, the remaining songs lack energy. Visually, the film looks good, with the locales of Bangkok and Pattaya adding freshness to the enterprise.

Of the cast, Shreyas is the best, followed by Javed, then Ashish and then Vatsal – in that order. The leading ladies don’t have much to do, but Celina and Neha are most noticeable. Riya and Sayali Bhagat don’t get any scope. Johny Lever is in form and so is Delnaaz Paul. Chunkey Pandey is alright, while Inder Kumar is wasted. Asrani stands out, while Viju Khote and Paintal are okay.

On the whole, this paying guest is just not welcome!

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Also releasing on:

JULY 10-SANKAT CITY; MORNING WALK; DEKH BHAI DEKH

JULY 17-KISSAN; BAHCELOR PARTY

NOTE:

SANKAT CITY INITALLY SCHEDULED TO RELEASE ON JUNE 26 BUT NOW RELEASING ON JULY 10

AGYAAT INITALLY TO RELEASE ON JULY 24 BUT NOW IT WILL HIT THE SCREENS ON AUGUST 7

KAMINEY RELEASING ON AUGUST 14

May 30, 2009 5:04:09 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network

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PAYING GUESTS

So often we see a good film going kaput due to a terrible climax. Whether it is a suspense flick or a full on comedy affair, there have been numerous instances when a film has fallen flat because the writer and director couldn’t deliver that final punch during the concluding moments. However, if the makers of PAYING GUESTS are to believed, that won’t be the case with this laughaton which is a multi starrer in it’s own right, what with as many as five on-screen couples arriving on screen.

Confirms a course attached to the film, ”The climax is the highlight of PAYING GUESTS. The movie had come out brilliantly and if the written material was a rage, then what you would see on screen has surpassed even that. Actors like Shreyas Talpade and Javed Jaffrey have been known for their comic timing and they have got it on full display in PAYING GUESTS.”

Though she is not willing to reveal much about how the film’s climax unfolds, she hints that it would be a riot of sorts, what with PAYING GUESTS boasting of such an enormous star cast.

”In spite of such a huge number of actors who would be seen on a common frame, there is a definite space for anyone and everyone”, adds the source, ”Haven’t we seen that in DHAMAAL earlier, which was written by Paritossh Painter himself, who is now making his directorial debut with PAYING GUESTS? We are just waiting for the strike to be off and once that happens, we would become really aggressive with the promotion of the film. It has come out really well and is a complete laugh affair, especially during the climax.”

A film that features Shreyas and Javed playing women for most duration, PAYING GUESTS also features Aashish Chaudhary, Vatsal Sheth, Neha Dhupia, Celina Jaitley, Riya Sen and Sayali Bhagat along with Johney Lever and Delnaz Paul. A Subhash Ghai production, the film has music by Sajid-Wajid.

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