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Paying Guests (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 19 June 2009 (India)
Four friends' attempts to find employment and accommodation pits them against landlords and gangsters in Bangkok.


Paritosh Painter


Wajid Ali (lyrics), Lawrence John (additional dialogue & screenplay) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shreyas Talpade ... Bhavesh Verma / Karishma
Javed Jaffrey ... Parag / Kareena
Aashish Chaudhary ... Parikshit 'Pari
Vatsal Sheth ... Jayesh Thakur (as Vatsal Seth)
Johnny Lever ... Ballu Singh
Delnaaz Irani ... Sweety Kaur (as Delnaaz Paul)
Sayali Bhagat ... Seema
Neha Dhupia ... Aarti
Celina Jaitly ... Kalpana (as Celina Jaitley)
Riya Sen ... Arpita
Asrani ... Kiska Meglani
Paintal ... Seema's dad
Viju Khote ... Jayesh's boss
Chunky Pandey ... Ronnie
Inder Kumar ... Murli


After Bhavesh, Parag, Parikshat, and Jayesh ridicule their Bangkok-based landlord, Kiska Meglani, he evicts them. Broke and with nowhere to go, the hapless foursome decide to pose as couples, with Bhavesh and Parag assuming the guise of voluptuous females, Karishma and Kareena respectively. They find a sympathetic landlord, Ballu Singh, who lets them move in. Subsequently, Jayesh finds employment in an architectural firm and assures his friends that their problems may well be resolved. But before that could happen, Ballu's wife, Sweety, comes to know that Kareena is pregnant, and the involvement of gangsters who want a signed deed from Ballu at any and all costs. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

19 June 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Char Yaar See more »


Box Office


INR100,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Mukta Arts See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


The names of the characters of the four friends are the names of the director Paritosh Painter's best friends and their respective wives. See more »


Namkeen Hoon Yaar, Chak Le
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan
Composed by Sajid Ali, Wajid Ali
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This is a very bad movie
19 December 2009 | by sumanbarthakursmailboxSee all my reviews

Paying Guests directed by Paritosh Painter is a comedy that's based on a premise so weak, you'll just about muster up a few chuckles; don't expect this film to make you laugh.Javed Jaffrey, Shreyas Talpade and Ashish Chaudhary play three Indian friends in Pattaya who lose their jobs at the same time and soon after find themselves kicked out of the apartment they share, by their cranky landlord played by Asrani. Now they have no roof over their heads, no money for rent, and to add to it, a fourth friend (played by Vatsal Sheth) has landed up to bunk with them. Obviously our heroes never consider selling off their trendy clothes and fancy watches and using that money for rent - no, if they did that, this stupid film would end right there.What happens instead - rather conveniently - is that they come across an Indian couple - played by Johnny Lever and Delnaz Paul - who are happy to rent out a room against zero deposit, but only to married couples. Borrowing the oldest trick in the Bollywood Book of Clichés, Shreyas Talpade and Javed Jaffrey go drag and pretend to be the wives of the other two. The landlords are fooled and the room is obtained. But the hiccups start when their girlfriends begin to show up one by one.Everything about this film feels recycled - the juvenile plot, the tired jokes, even the performances by the leads. You've seen this kind of film many times before and there's virtually nothing novel being offered here. Writer-director Paritosh Painter resorts to every overused gag to draw the laughs - Gujarati characters mispronouncing words, your staple gay jokes, double-meaning dialogue, slapstick set-ups, and the standard trick involving tennis balls-for-breasts. None of it is very funny. The girls in the film - Celina Jaitley, Neha Dhupia, Riya Sen and Sayali Bhagat - not exactly Bollywood's answer to the Streeps and Sarandons, have precious little to do but flaunt their curves. Of the men, it's only Shreyas Talpade who shows any spark for comic timing; and Johnny Lever can always be counted on to deliver a few genuinely funny moments.That aside, Paying Guests is a rather painful picture that completely fails to even engage you. You couldn't care less what happens to the characters in the end. Sadly, they all go home smiling. You wish you could too.This film is strictly for those who enjoy inflicting pain on themselves.

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