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Slaying Guests
Paying Guests could well be titled Slaying Guests for the 110 minutes torture it puts its guests on, reads audiences, too! The film has nothing going for anyone and it is a disaster from the word go!
I WAS always told by a very prominent film-maker, who I interviewed a couple of times that films are either made to entertain or to tell a story. What can be said about a film that neither entertains nor tells a story?
 
Slaying Guests, oops Paying Guests is supposedly filmed from a very famous play by the director, Paritosh Painter. Naturally, the director missed out on the fact that theatre and cinema are two different mediums. The film tells the story of three friends – Shreyas Talpade, Javed Jaffri, Ashish Chaudhry – living as PG’s in Bangkok. The owner is a snooty person called Kiska Miglani (Asrani).The film opens with the three fired from their respective jobs. That the entire process of being fired out of job is an exercise in absurdity is another matter!As fate would have it, Ashish’s cousin from India, Vatsal comes to Bangkok for a job.

They celebrate Vatsal’s arrival and get drunk. In their drunken stupor they bad-mouth Kiska Miglani, who had supposedly left for India; but owing to the cancellation of flight is back in home.It is natural the four are booted out.The house-hunting like in Mumbai isn’t a cake-walk though and to take a PG with a couple – Johny Lever and Delnaz Paul – the four pose as couples. Ashish with Shreyas and Vatsal with Javed; before you cry a ‘gay’ story, Shreyas and Javed impersonate as women.

There are very many sub-plots; but it would have been wiser if the writers had stuck to one basic plot and worked on it.Where does the story leave the female fraternity – Celina, Neha, Sayali and Ria?Well, they are beautiful properties and the film just gives them as much scope!The music is bad – though the song Jack and Jill… has caught up in the Indian hinterland. The cinematography in spite of a picturesque location like Pattaya is flat. The dialogues lack punch.

What rocks the movie:

Well, not actually rock, but if by mistake you do get into the movie – there are a few comic moments by Shreyas Talpade and Javed Jaffri.

What chucks the movie:

Everything.

Verdict:

In the climax there is a scene where a theatre director is praying that his debut play is a hit; but everything goes hotch-potch; same is the case with debut director Paritosh Painter’s film – make a new film Slaying Guests

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