Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? is a comedy in Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee style and not the usual slapstick comedies you see in theaters these days. It's a clean comedy to be enjoyed with your family with a sprinkling of family values and peppered with a little bit of emotion, just enough to get you engrossed in the proceedings.
Puneet (Ajay Devgn) and Munmun (Konkona Sen Sharma) and their 6yr old son, Ayush (Master Ayush Joshi) form a nuclear family in Mumbai. Puneet writes Bollywood scripts, while Munmun is an interior designer. While Puneet is working on a script of a movie titled 50 (Pachaas) based on a don's (Suleiman Bhai) life directed by Taneja (Satish Kaushik) with all crazy characters like the blind mom, who can see, the deaf sister, who can hear, the dumb brother who can talk...and so on to provide for some guffaws. Munmun works with a difficult client and a boss, whose wife is always unwell. Their son scores very low on Hindi and etiquette at schools.
When Lambodar Bajpai (Paresh Rawal) arrives unannounced, claiming to be Puneet's Chacha, their life changes. From adjusting to his non-stop farting, occupying their space, remote, bathroom and testing Munmum's skills in the cooking department, he takes over their lives. And he doesn't show any signs of leaving either. At the same time, he manages to befriend people in the society including Sanjay Mishra (security guard). He also manages to instil some Indian culture and values in little Ayush and teach him Hindi. However, he also drives Puneet and Munmun to the tethers as their work gets effected and they try every trick in the book and outside the book to uproot him from their lives.
How, Lambodar Chacha makes a place for himself in their hearts and they come to realize the value of the Atithi in their lives is a story best seen on the screen. But, this journey is not without some funny moments involving lies, a funny mahurat scene gone wrong, some lessons for the heartless director, the don with a golden heart, false funerals and farewells and so on...
Paresh Rawal is at his comic best, in Hera Pheri mode. Ajay is subtle and Konkona as the hassled wife, who breaks into Bengali, when she is angry and always blaming her husband for irresponsibile behavior is a treat to watch. All the supporting characters play their role well including Akhilendra Mishra as the Don Suleiman.
One good thing about the movie is...there is no preaching and there are no forced over the top, funny situations. Music is OK. There are a couple of parodies of popular Hindi songs. The one for Beedi Jalaile is nice. And, don't miss the opening credits. It's nice.
It's a good watch with the family and maybe, all of us could identify with some Lambodar Bajpai we have experienced in our own lives. I'd definitely like to see more movies of this kind in the theaters!