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Village life puts the skids under married couple.

Byline: Manish Gajjar

Aithi Tum Kab Jaoge (PG) Verdict: DIRECTOR: Ashwani Dhir STARRING: Ajay Devgn, Konkona Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Satish Kaushik THE PLOT: Married upper middle class couple Puneet (Ajay) and Munmun (Konkona) live in Mumbai.

Their career-minded lives are rudely interrupted when distant relative Chachaji (Paresh) turns up unannounced at their doorstep.

Eccentric, head-strong and opinionated by nature, Chachaji is appalled with the ways of modern city folk.

So he decides to create his own village life in the couple's apartment, making himself at home.

This puts considerable pressure on Munmun, who is forced to play hostess to his neighbourhood friends.

When life becomes unbearable, Munmun puts her foot down asking Puneet to get rid of him.

But a placid Puneet becomes a pig in the middle as the battle begins to find ways to hasten Chachaji's departure.

THE VERDICT: Director Dhir comes up with a quirky comedy based on real-life situations.

Unlike recent Bollywood slap and tickle laugh riots, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge takes a gentle ride into the characters' lives, making you smile.

The film's beauty lies in its witty one-liners reminding you of your own uninvited guests taking your hospitality for granted in your own home.

Scenes where Chachaji's character instils Indian traditions and cultural values into the lives of the modernday couple will be appreciated by audiences.

Once again, the writers fall prey to unwanted, far-fetched sub-plots and repetitive gags extending the length of the film.

But the engrossing climax makes up for this flaw.

Paresh Rawal is superb as the irritating but lovable Chachaji and Konkona Sen Sharma is natural as the modern career woman turning into a frustrated hostess.

A refreshing twist at the end comes as a pleasant surprise.

Cinema-goers will warm to the characters and superb performances in Aithi Tum Kab Jaoge!

Manish Gajjar is the Bollywood consultant for VUE Cinemas at Star City - the No.1 choice for Hindi movies in the West Midlands. For tickets or more info call 08712 240 240 or visit www.myvue.com
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Date:Mar 12, 2010
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