Paying Guests is the story of 4 jobless, homeless, moneyless guys who have loads of free time and are put in supposedly funny situations which are meant to make us laugh. They plot and scam to get a job, home and women- not necessarily in that order. You will find yourself asking “Wait, haven’t I watched this movie before?” on more than one occasion.
We have Jaaved Jaffery, Shreyas Talpade, Aashish Chowdhary and Vatsal Seth, fired from their current jobs, thrown out of their houses and have nowhere to go in Pataya (Bangkok). They need to find a place quickly and a landlord who won’t charge a deposit. After a thorough search, they finally find Johnny Lever and Delnaz Paul who have such a house to rent, but only to married couples. What happens next will probably be predicted by a 4-year old too (which I suspect was the age of the script writer). Two of the four dress up as wives and they start living in Lever’s Home Sweet Home.
Though Shreyas and Jaaved make good looking women, Riteish Deshmukh has already set a benchmark in a previous movie as a beautiful lady, by which these ‘ladies’ do not match up. And the movie tries, and tries real hard, to garner laughs from the audience. It has it all – a man with a South Indian accent (Paintal), a goon with a lisp (Chunkey Pandey), men in women’s garb and a huge property which everyone is after. Unfortunately, none of this manages to even bring a smile to your face.
Shreyas Talpade proves again that he is very good with comedy and manages to make you laugh. Apart from him none of the others did anything that they have not done before. Aashish is the same, Johnny Lever is the same and so is Jaaved Jaffery. The women (real ones) are as good as non-existential, hence non-consequential to the movie. They appear only when there is a song, speaking of which the less said the better. Music is as bad as bad can get, almost cringe-inducing. Even the climax is a rip-off from that of the extremely awesome ‘Jaane Bhi do Yaaron’.
To sum it up, the movie doesn’t offer anything that has not been seen by the Indian audience before. If you’re plagued by too many power cuts and need an AC badly or are restricted in your entertainment options go for Paying Guests, else take your guests for this movie, if you hate them that is.