Banner: Panorama Studios
Producers: Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak
Director: Ashwni Dhir
Cast: Paresh Rawal, Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Kharbanda, Tanvi Azmi, Sanjay Mishra, Naveen Kaushik, Ajay Devgn (s.a)
Writers: Ashwni Dhir (story & screenplay), Robin Bhatt (story & screenplay)
Music: Raghav Sachar, Amit Mishra
Guest Iin London follows the same formula that its director Ashwni Dhir followed back in 2010 with Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? Back then, Dhir along with his producers made a spell-binding film but, this time around, the film is neither a remake nor a sequel.
The title Guest Iin London hints at what’s in store for the audience. With a handful of genuinely funny moments and plenty of emotional scenes, the film is a good entertainer. The film is a comedy that starts with a fizzle and then impresses with a bang but ends in a whimper.
Even though it doesn’t exactly grab your attention in the beginning, the comedy connects with the audience. So, as long as you’re not looking for anything even faintly cerebral, you’re in for an entertaining couple of hours.
Aryan (Kartik Aaryan) works in London and, after four years of living in the big city, his work visa is about to expire. In order to secure permanent residence, Aryan decides to marry Anaya (Kriti Kharbanda), a British-born Indian. The duo plans a fake wedding and is all set to go ahead with their arrangement.
However, 10 days before the wedding, Aryan’s distant uncle’s neighbour’s tenant (Phew!) Gagga Chacha (Paresh Rawal) and his wife Guddi Chachi (Tanvi Azmi) land up in Aryan’s office. A reluctant Aryan has to take them home. Soon, Chacha-Chachi take over the household and interfere in everything. However, Aryan and Anaya need this elderly couple as witnesses for their fake wedding as their only relatives in London.
Soon Aryan and Anaya fall in love for real and decide to stay married. The two also find out that Chacha and Chachi are hiding something regarding the 9/11 tragedy from them and the purpose of their London visit. How Aryan and Anaya have a change of heart and what the old couple is hiding takes the story forward.
Directorially, Ashwni Dhir impresses in bits and pieces. Although the film is an entertainer, there are many bumps on the storyboard in its second half.
Dhir fails to weave together a consistent story with a smooth flow, post-interval. He strikes the right emotional chords for today’s youth, thanks to his writer Jaideep Sahini, and holds the momentum of his screenplay during the first half and climax of the film. There are many scenes that impress. For instance, the ones that show the camaraderie between Chacha and the Pakistani neighbor (Sanjay Mishra); when Chachi decides to give a neighbour’s baby a massage; Aryan’s boss’ office party and many more.
The film has an entertaining first half with plenty of humor in the screenplay. But the second half has many dull and extended situations which take the pace down a notch. Also, the drama and emotional quotient of the film eclipse its comic essence, which is disappointing.
Musically, Guest Iin London has many peppy numbers which suit the segue of the film. Cinematography by Sudhir K Chaudhary is sharp and brings out the sets beautifully in each frame. However, the VFX and special effects are a letdown. Editing by Manan Sagar is firm against a runtime of 132 minutes.
Performance-wise, Paresh Rawal is in form, and his impeccable comic timing makes his character impressive. Kartik Aaryan is in his element and brings out his character exceptionally on the big screen. Kriti Kharbanda looks stunning and does justice to her character. Tanvi Azmi does a fabulous job and impresses. Sanjay Mishra prefers to let his body language and expressions do the talking. He is brilliant. Naveen Kaushik is good. Ajay Devgn in a special appearance is one of the highlights of the film. Others lend adequate support.
Verdict: Worth a dekho!