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Director: Ashwni Dheer; Starring: Paresh Rawal, Kartik Aryan, Kriti Kharbanda, Tanve Azmi
The multi-talented Paresh Rawal has been in the news recently more for his comments on politics rather than his movies, but he is back with a bang! Returning to the comedy genre, Rawal steals the show in the movie 'Guest Inn London' which tells the tale of a middle-aged couple who burst into the lives of a young couple with commitment issues as they become the young couple's house guests.
Rawal and Tanve Azmi play the roles of an over-friendly Punjabi couple who come to live with the younger couple played by Kartik Aryan and Kriti Kharbanda, who have no option but to bear with the intrusive presence of their unwanted guests.
The script blends in comedy and backchat showing the unwanted guests as sometimes boisterous and sometimes subdued who outstay their welcome.
Adding to the story is their oldest neighbour who passes away in London but his sons have no time for his funeral, Pakistani neighbours, jibes on skin colour, a mistaken case of infant abuse, India-Pakistan relations, and Chinese dominion. Indirectly, the show makes well-intended potshots at contemporary relationships which get weighed down by the stress of appearances.
Rawal holds both the script and scenes together, succeeding in the difficult task of generating laughter and humour. To his credit, writer-director Ashwni Dheer manages to circumvent offending any individual or community and still generate comedy.
The concept of the movie bears semblance to the 2010 hit 'Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?' which again showed Paresh Rawal as a guest wearing out his welcome, however, Guest Inn London has a more modern take and features hosts that themselves have commitment issues.