Paritosh Painter wanted to "paint" the edifice of Ghai's Mukta Arts with the panorama of fun, fads, follies and foibles in order to bring forth comedy to sweep the members of audience. The effort, if not fully prolific, is not bleak either. Inspired by Jack Lemon's "Some Like It Hot", "Paying Guests" involves round four young men ( Shreyas Talpade, Javed Jaffrey, Ashish Choudhary and Vasal Seth), three of whom fired employments, are pestered by the house-owner(Asrani) to vacate the house.
In course of their quest for a new shelter, they happen to come by an abode, owned by Johny Lever and Delnaz Paul who are too staunch to let to bachelors. So it becomes a foregone conclusion that the chemistry among the poor chaps will be the married couples. Javed and Shreyas are translated into wives. Now the film projects a series humourous scenes brought about by disguised identities.
The female actors have little room, no matter if they are Riya Sen, Celina Jatley and Neha Dhupia. The disguised girls are more girlish than the real ones. Chunky Pandey seems to have come upon the brink of his film-career. Johny Lever as Sardar adds fun. His Gujrati wife Dehnaz's dialogues have been well-written. The music by Sajid-Wajid is nothing underlining except "Jack and Jill".
As a comedy movie "Paying Guests" has not broken a new ground, but a tram-car plying along the selfsame tracks and finally get disposed of like scrap-iron.
In case, any member of the audience happens to discover anything shocking is of course, massive wastage of talents, especially of Javed Jaffrey and Shreyas Talpade. A better script could have extracted a Rishi Kapoor in "Rafoo Chakkar" from either of these two talents.