Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? Movie Review

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There is an ancient proverb that visitor's footfalls are like medicine that heals but they smell like fish in three days. Ashwini Dhir's realistic-cum-hilarious drama ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? works on these reasonable facts with a peppery spice of funky humor. Like many successful comedies, there is musical expertise of Pritam coming all the way with upcoming Amit Mishra and experienced Vishal Bharadwaj adding flavors with their set of soundtracks.

Chartering the path of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's school of realistic comedies, this one promises to be funny in its funky tones, sounds and rhythms. Can we expect a favorable 'Atithi' (meaning 'guest') arriving at the musical stands near us? Does this 'Atithi' have the potential of staying long or vanishing with the buzz of its promotional hype? Let's welcome this 'Atithi' with open arms by plugging out 'play' button…

Amit Mishra's melodic slog with nonsensical phraseology about 'Atithi' (guest) creates caricatured spooky outline for flick's humorous subject in frolicsome sounding title track 'Atithi tum kab jaoge'. It kick-starts with 60's nostalgic touches and later flares up with spunky wordings with comical sounds and noises colliding well to evoke out humor.

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Mishra's composition and vocals are rustic 'n' folksy with hook-line that is likely to benchmark the presence of the flick in the promos and teasers. No big promises in store for this tickly title track with lyrics by Amit Mishra, but surely an asset for being substantial add-on as credits rolling, promotional features and effective background scores. The track is also repeated at the end of the album.

In Northern India (preferably in Delhi-UP), there is decades old trend of composing 'mata ki bhetein' (devotional songs sung in praise of Lord Durga) on popular Bollywood hit tracks. The next one follows this trend religiously with Vishal Bharadwaj's 'Beedi Jalaile' (OMKARA) being recreated by Amit Mishra with substituted devotional verses and words (by Amit himself) in the amusing sounding 'Jyoti Jalaile'.

Sukhwinder Singh's playful voice in devout tones energized the mood with loud chants, funky orchestral modes and chirpy words that add wittiness to the devotional feel. In present context, an experimentation in Bollywood music but an overtly used formula in local musical events that have so far fetched commercially viable results. Its visual depiction will be of great interest and should be striking chords with the flick's hilarity tinge.

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The mood then changes and Pritam does a hilarious take-off on the Mohammed Rafi classic 'Suhani raat dhal chuki, Na jaane tum kab aaoge' (DULARI -). In fact singer Anupam Amod modulates his voice in such a way that that Irshaad Kamil's lyrics turn to black humour in the track 'Naa jaane tum kab jaoge?' . The same has been brilliantly used in the promotions featuring Ajay and Paresh. The track also been remixed quite well by DJ Nawed and Nikhil Chinapa, with the necessary musical condiments thrown in!

The chart topping track from OMKARA, Beedi jalai le is converted into a bhajan, sung by Rawal, which has the society members in a trance.

And though the couple want to see the back of their guest who has overstayed his time, when the time comes for him to leave, they actually want him to stay!

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That's Indian hospitality.

Rating – 3/5

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