June 19, 2009 8:23:23 pm
Cast: Shreyas Talpade,Jaaved Jafferi,Ashish Chowdhary,Vatsal Seth,Neha Dhupia,Ria Sen,Celina Jaitley,Sayali Bhagat,Jhonny Lever,Chunkey Pandey,Asrani
Director: Paritosh Painter
The last time a couple of dashing Bollywood heroes couldnt find a house to rent,they turned into a gay couple: Abhishek and John hung out with pretty Priyanka in a fancy apartment in Miami,and their dostana was all very cosy.
The quartet in Paying GuestsShreyas,Jaaved,Ashish and Vatsaldont have matinee idol looks,nor are their digs destined to be quite so posh,so they have to make do with the humbler,cheaper Pattaya beach,and a determinedly low brow plot. Actually,its not really any kind of plot,just a series of scenes being played broadly,very broadly,for laughs.
Jaaved and Shreyas stuff oranges down their vests,paint their lips,and become the wives (the other two are the husbands),because thats the only way landlord Jhonny Lever will let out rooms. Each of the guys has a girl,naturally,and some of those girls have pesky dads,and bad attitudes.
A couple of other comics,namely Chunkey as a lisping bad guy,and Asrani,as a greedy Sindhi house-owner,join the party now and then; the girls are adequate window dressing,with Neha topping the list.
And the whole thing ends up quite funny,for the most part,as long as you dont cringe at such outré dialogue as foreplay sahi samay shuru nahin kiya toh climax mein maza nahin aata (the director wrote the similar-flavoured Dhamaal).
Jaaved has had long practice with leaping into drag,and he keeps the laughs coming. Its Shreyas,whos also done the sari and the pointy blouse and the squeaky voice bit before too,who steals the show,though: his timing is perfect.
Not for those who like their humour classy and understated.
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