Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Athithi tum kab joagey - movie review (0/5) (posted Mar 06, 2010 11:50 AM)

The story

The promos have given it away...literally! It is about a guest who comes, stays, messes up (or so it seems) the lives of a couple urbane and how they cope with him. Yes, there you have it. In less than 2 lines, the plot of this movie which is 2 hrs 20 mins long but feels like a never-ending soap opera!

The actors

elightfully though, almost everyone in the cast was above average. Paresh rawal as the guest was O.K but I couldn’t help feel he was totally mechanical. The director should have done a bit more to extract a pound of performance from this immensely talented actor. Ajay Devgn shines yet again in a somewhat comic role along with Konkana sen who plays the nagging wife with consummate ease. All the others (including Mr. Mishra from All the best!! and Kaliya from Sholay) do their bit but never succeed in making any sort of impact on you.

The music

Almost like a third grade musical album is full with horrible singers and an equally horrible chorus is a torture on the ears. The title song does make a splash but fails to create an impressive one at that!

The direction, editing, screenplay and all the other technicalities which I don’t understand but feel I am wise enough to comment upon

film comes across half baked with poorly drawn side characters who could have given the film some ’pace’. Sadly, it comes across as a movie which could have been so much more. The direction is kiddish and even silly at times, editing strictly average and screenplay is test of your patience. Too many silly events find their way to the screen which are superficial and don’t bond with the viewers at all.(back-aches/ganpati pooja/loan EMI default...the list is endless!). The auditorium was 80% occupied and all I could hear was - Boooooooooooooo!

To conclude

n the modern day lives of a power couple (who are busy making money and have no time for relatives), there has to come someone who will take them back to their roots. This is what the film conveys in its painful journey of 2 hrs 20 mins. I was fooled by the promos and have to admit that if the makers of the film could have put same smartness in the making of the film, that they have put in the making of the promos, It could have been a tad better.

Watch it only if you have nothing else to do on your weekend.

Going with 0 out of 5...and still wondering about the levels to which hindi comedies have stooped...they are just not funny anymore!

Peace and equanimity

first 20 minutes at the most, Ajay, Konkana, Paresh rawal
The next 2 hrs of the movie!