True kinship is not born of blood but of warmth. This may be the long and the short of the movie "Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?
Puneet(Ajay Devgan)is a struggling film writer, labouring with his latest write-up over the life of some under-ground don. His wife Moonmoon ( Kankona Sen Sharma) is an interior designer tormented in the office by the authority. The couple is blessed with their six-year old son, who cuts sorry figure in Hindi at school. The nuclear family, however, enjoys a smooth sail . The prelude to the climax comes as a hint, when the Hindi-teacher of the kid's school admonishes the child who does not even know the meaning of the traditional Sanskrit maxim " Atithi Dava Bhabah". The curious child questions his parents, what does the word "atithi" stand for. Impressed with the meaning, the kid is unimpressed over their tiny family unvisited by any "atithi". Milkman, postman,newspaper-vendor etc are the frequenters but can hardly be termed "atithis" in true sense of the term. At a time when the parents are treasuring fancy for some "atithi", some Lambodhar from Gorakhpur makes his advent in the family, and the real drama sets forth. Expressing his own identity as an uncle of remote relation of Puneet, he appears to cement his stability in the house by and by. Now, this unwelcomed guest becomes a bone of contention between the husband and the wife who found this man sticking to their throat. Lambodhar with his rustic behaviours is really a bull in the china shop. He creates series of hassles including Puneet's being dispensed with the assignment as the story writer. This man with his outlandish conducts does not display any disposition to bid good-bye and thus multiplies the magnitude of annoyance of the couple who cherish wishes of his cracking dooms. Vexed with this man, the husband and wife put up in a hotel, whence they are apprehended in the charge with illicit traffic.
But as the days pass, Lambodar wins the hearts of many. He proves to be a boon instead of bane, a friend and not a fiend. He makes the child better at Hindi.The don who is assigned to tit Lambodar, is artfully saved by him. It is by virtue of his fellow-feeling he becomes the apple of everybody's eye.The weakness of Puneet and Moonmoon for Lambodar comes to light when he gets lost in the mammoth assebly gathered at the immersion of the Lord Ganesh. News of casualties in the stamped drive Puneet and Moonmoon, and other members of the society into inexplicable anxities and apprehensions. They realise, the 'Atithi" for whom their unspoken cry was so long, "tum kab jaoge?" converts into "tum kab aoge?" It is in the last scene, the much awaited "Atithi" lands up with the ticket to leave for his native place the following morning. But, there is a twist. Lambodar proves to have been housed in the wrong family that has, virtually, no relation of kinship with. But, a relation, that surmounts so called kinship, has come to pass.
Paresh Rawel as the "Atithi" goes beyond criticism. His emergence from the grass-root with a heart of gold, with a soul of pity, piety and sagacity--all have been manifested with his brilliant performances. Unlike in " Hera Pheri" he is not a simpletone, but a combination of simplicity, wit and sanctity.
The film starts with cartoon-craft which is in consort with the essence of the film. The blatant way of passing wind by the main character in repeated sequences and the wife's spraying of room-freshner could have peen projected marginally.
In this age of modern hurry when we call accountability in question, when a nuclear family brushes humour aside, this film would certainly bring forth a message. Now, we the city-bred chase after the rainbow called "More" for which we remain as busy as bees, and shrink our heads into the celler, called apartment at night.Hence, multiplication of a member is botheration, and often his acceptibility is questioned. Literally, "atithi" means one who does not stay longer than "tithi" or lunar-day. As soon as one comes, we ardently look for this lunar day. On the contrary, we try, by our ill-disposition, to quicken this lunar-day. We cannot give an eternal lease to the "tithi". How do we know, who is landing up in what disguise? It may by Lord Ganesh in guise of some Lambodar.