Movie Review: Paying Guests (2009)

June 19th, 2009 - 6:04 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire  

Paying Guests (2009) Paying Guests: Enter at your own risk

Rating: 1.5 out of 5*

Starring: Shreyas Talpade, Javed Jaffrey, Neha Dhupia, Celina Jaitley, Riya Sen, Sayali Bhagat, Ashish Choudhary, Vatsal Seth, Johnny Lever and Chunky Pandey

Director: Paritosh Painter

Shreyas Talpade, Javed Jaffrey and Ashish Choudhary are three best friends staying together as paying guests in Kiska Miglani’s (Asrani) house in Bangkok. But when Ashish’s cousin Vatsal Seth arrives from India to stay with them they end up messing things one drunken night and are kicked off by Kiska. Now jobless and homeless the foursome, desperately try rent accommodation hunting which can suit their budget. They end up getting one owned by Shreyas’s ex-employer Ballu (Johnny Lever and his wife played by Delnaaz Paul) but with a condition that they should be married. So Ashish and Vatsal end up turning Shreyas and Javed as their respective wives. Ballu is forever troubled by his younger brother Rocky (Chunky) who wants to get their father’s hotel in his name. What confusion it all leads to when the four leading ladies – Neha Dhupia, Celina, Riya and Sayali get involved in some way or the other forms the rest of the film.

It may have been claimed that the film is the cinematic version of debutante director Paritosh Painter’s hit play by the same name, the entire film actually appears ripped off from actor Sachin directed Marathi super duper hit film that ran for almost 75 weeks called Ashi Hi Banva Banvi (1988). While AHBB was truly entertaining film that can be enjoyed again and again the same cannot be said about Paying Guests. Stale jokes, unimaginative writing and stereo typical characters rather caricatures make it a pain to sit through even its two hours running time. The music is functional while dialogues are full of double innuendo. The climax is a direct lift of cult classic comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. Also while watching the film one can easily make out the almost the entire film seems to have been shot in and around Subhash Ghai owned Whistling Woods International in Mumbai’s Film City passing it off as Bangkok.

Acting wise Shreyas Talpade impresses as always. Javed Jaffrey is hilarious too and gets the best lines. Ashish Choudhary continues with his limited expressions and fails yet again. Vatsal is earnest but barely gets any scope. Neha Dhupia looks hot and is good amongst the actresses but her role is very short. Celina shows good comic timing. Sayali is hardly there and though the entire cast is present in the climax she is not there. But she is good in her small part. Riya Sen is cast in yet another dumb girl role which she seems to have excelled in doing. Johnny Lever is in top form after a long time. He is good even that one serious scene he gets. Delnaaz Paul is sweet. Chunky gets irritating after a point. Inder Kumar is totally wasted in a two scene role. Asrani and Paintal irritate.

Paying Guests is low in content aiming for cheap laughs. But if that’s your idea of entertainment then enter at your own risk. -Sampurn Media
Paying Guests (2009)

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