Sacrificing food has never turned out well for me. The moment I skipped my lunch for the ‘Guest Iin London’ press show, I knew it would ditch my expectations. Just after the National Anthem, suddenly a running Kartik Aaryan with semi-running eyes, pleading his Boss not to fire him, flashes on the screen. Wait, where did this come from? Okay, the theatre guys started playing the second half. They foresaw how boredom was in offering! xD
If you’ve watched ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge’, I can tell you nothing new about the story. If you haven’t watched it, then there’s nothing that you need to know. But never mind! Aryan (Kartik Aaryan) is a young, qualified chap; a software engineer based out of London who works in an organisation called ‘Soft Dog’. Soft Dog? Really? Never mind. He desperately wants a citizenship of the UK and easiest way to attain that would be to get married to one. Thus comes Anaya (Kriti Kharbanda). Abandoned by parents, Kriti drives a cab. In exchange of quite a lot of money (seven thousand pounds to be precise), she has agreed to marry Aryan and help him with a citizenship.
I am having a ‘Kites’ deja vu and telling myself, “these guys are definitely going to fall in love”, while Paresh Rawal ( everyone’s chacha ji) and Tanvi Azmi (everyone’s chachi ji’) arrive in London. After a short hassle which I might as well ignore writing, they settle down at Aryan’s house and all the predictable troubles follow. Leave everything, chacha ji farts all the time and boasts, “buzurgo ke paad toh baccho ke liye ashirbad jaisa hota hai”. Aryan is irritated. Anaya is irritated. So are we, but no one gives a damn! With bated breath, I am waiting for Aryan to bid alvida to his chacha ji. By the time that’s about to happen, I am already thinking of cocoa bite cupcakes.
Wait, chacha ji is a terrorist? Did they say Al-Qaeda? I find myself gasping. Aryan is so excited with the possibility of chacha ji leaving, that he calls the police and tells them not about his probable connection with terrorists, but about his expired Visa! *facepalm*
Chacha ji hasn’t left yet, and this time Aryan is desperate. I definitely won’t tell you what happens after that.
I won’t lie; ‘Guest Iin London’ is packed with amazing performances. Whether or not the script allows him to do much, Paresh Rawal never fails to deliver the best of him every time; and he is perfectly accompanied by Tanvi Azmi. I was smart enough to skip ‘Raaz Reboot’, hence this is Kriti’s first film that I am watching, She is spontaneous and prompt. I even liked Kartik. Now I am not sure if that’s because he was nice, or because I didn’t have anything else to like. But what was Ashwni Dhir thinking when he made up his mind on this khichdi of flat humour, sleazy jokes on Pakistan (so not cool, by the way), lot of suppressed desh bhakti and one full song on fart?
What fails ‘Guest Iin London’ is that it runs short of any interesting turn. The humour is really not humorous and is a test to your patience.
*Shrugs*! Ajay Devgn has got an extremely special cameo in the film. He appears with his million, no wait, billion-dollar smile on the backdrop of a very colourful sky which kind of resembles a sunny-side-up egg and a few wind fans. The best Chroma work you have seen in a long time, promise!
Raghav Sachar has given decent music though. The film is as well neatly shot. I love films that are shot in foreign. They make me feel rich for no reason!
Takeaway from the film: Kaka means son in Punjabi!