Guest iin London Review by Bollywood Hungama
GUEST IN LONDON is a film which, organically belongs to Paresh Rawal, right from the word go. Hence, it’s really a shame that a superlative actor of Paresh Rawal’s stature chose to feature in such a poorly set-up film. All that Paresh Rawal’s character does in the film is to fart and ham at every given occasion. It’s really sad to see a seasoned performer like Paresh Rawal agreeing to be a part of a senseless film like GUEST IN LONDON. Kartik Aaryan does an average job and looks confused throughout the film. His character in the film is as lost in the film as he must have been about the film’s script. It’s about time for this man shows some variety if he is planning for a long inning in Bollywood. Tanvi Azmi does a decent job in the film within the space that she is offered. On the other hand, after having done the horror film RAAZ: REBOOT, Kriti Kharbanda lands up doing an average job within the available screen time in GUEST IIN LONDON. Sanjay Mishra has his share of comical moments and is strictly restricted to the film’s first half only. Other supporting cast does an average job.
Guest iin London Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
I can totally empathise with Kartik Aaryan. Poor guy looks good, dances well, does his gags well, but eventually ends up playing the second fiddle to Rawal. Kartik has a likeable vibe, but that gets drowned in Rawal’s perennial farting. The only genuine laughable scene in this 138-minute film comes when Kirti Kharbanda says, “Ye thodi zyada acting hai, ye overacting hai.” We second you Kirti. Don’t let this guest come anywhere near your house. Stay alert, stay safe.
Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India
Every line, every scene gives you an impression that it was written by an ill-informed man-child who primarily believes in three things: farting is funny, women belong in the kitchen and all Pakistanis are thieves. 90 per cent of the jokes from the movie can be classified under one of those three categories. The funniest thing about this comedy is just how angry it can make you. Guest iin London, like its titular protagonist, is a burden no one should have to bear.
Review by Arnab Banerjee on Deccan Chronicle
The avuncular character, whom everybody starts calling “Chachaji”, is in many ways as offensively funny as he is insufferable with sexist jokes, objectionable witticism and consistent poor acting, and makes you blush, and wonder if you are watching the award-winning Rawal in this film. And that’s only one of the many reasons why the film is such a colossal comedic misfire that it makes the deplorably dreadful look like masterworks by comparison. It seems the business of competently executing a joke seems utterly beyond the grasp of good actors like Aaryan, Rawal and Azmi, who rely on gags so hoary and broad, they’d make you cringe.
Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
Bollywood has a serious dearth of good comedies, and unfortunately, Guest Iin London does little to help the cause. If you loved Athithi Tum Kab Jaoge, you better skip this one, for this is nothing but a poor, low-quality reboot of the 2010 movie. Watch it at your own risk.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Guest Iin London is supposed to be a comedy, but laden with offensive jokes, Paresh Rawal’s farts and poorly scripted characters, the film is painful to watch.
Review by Prasanna D Zore on Rediff
Post interval, you don’t get even a whiff of the boss; instead the filmmaker contrives another twist that makes Guest Iin London a teary-eyed family saga instead of a comedy. Yet another twist is Ajay Devgn’s entry, but find out more about that when you watch the film, if you dare to. If only Ashwini Dhir had more Paresh Rawal-Sanjay Mishra scenes it would have been much more of a comedy that the filmmaker wanted to make.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Do you find an unending series of fart jokes, accompanied by loud sound and smell, and descriptions thereof, funny? Do cheap racist shots (blackface, mehendi-orange-beard and green-for-Muslim, slant-eyed-for-Chinese) make you laugh out loud? Do you think crude jokes should be strewn liberally in your weekly flick fix? Should a gag, abysmally executed in the first place, be stretched out like a rubber band to keep you rolling in the aisles? These are elements that ‘Guest Iin London’, a follow-up to ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge’, has in abundance. It also has a couple of vacuous younger leads saddled with a middle-aged couple which refuses to leave : Paresh Rawal being the proud possessor of a noisome rear end, and Tanvi Azmi, the only one I feel for, trying to make the best of a terrible job.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Sadly, Guest Iin London is the kind of film that demands that you leave not only your brains, but also your hearts, home. It appears to have been made by people high on the Patiala pegs that receive a mention on several occasions during the mayhem. Guest Iin London rests on the Punjabi stereotypes of robust, hard-drinking, glib-talking men who love to live it up until matters turn truly serious.
Review by Letty Mariam Abraham on Mid-Day India
With few comic elements to boast of, the film struggles to keep the audience hooked. Its use of toilet humour – a scene has Rawal describing the sorry state of affairs in India by correlating it to his farts — may leave you puzzled rather than in splits. The chemistry between Aaryan and Kharbanda is non-existent. Rawal and Azmi, though, are endearing as the older couple. The plot is predictable and the comedy, forced. Revisiting the old film may be a better alternative.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Kartik Aaryan is as determined in playing victim as he was as a lovesick lad in Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Kriti Kharbanda largely relies on puppy faces to deliver her role, even while she’s come a long way from Raaz: Reboot. Once a character actor who could elevate a film, Paresh Rawal still has what it takes to knock up a chuckle. But terrible lines and worse characterisation render him as a loud and laboured caricature of his iconic screen avatars. Tanvi Azmi, as the amiable Guddi Chachi, has little to do here — her character largely smiles through the proceedings and offers reasons for her husband’s explosive farts.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Ashwni Dhir makes his weakest film over here. An accomplished actor like Paresh Rawal didn’t get much scope to do anything new and he keeps on farting which becomes a bit too much in the end. Kartik Aaryan is strictly okay, Tanvi Azmi is fine. Kriti Kharbanda is plain average. Sanjay Mishra shines in that moment when he says ‘Kashmir’. Technicalities are fine, camerawork by Sudhir K. Chaudhary is pleasing and production values are fantastic. However editing by Manan Sagar leaves lot to be desired, the movie is long by at least 25 minutes. Music by Raghav Sachar and Amit Mishra is just plain with nothing to hum about.
Guest iin London Review by Indiaglitz
The movie starts with a couple of enjoyable scenes such as Paresh Rawal’s airplane journey, Paresh manipulates others by the usage of his sweet language. Sanjay Mishra being trashed by Paresh Rawal followed by a mild twist in the finale. These are the only funny scenes in the film, which is termed as an out and out comedy. Sanjay Mishra’s cameo is welcomed. Tanvi Azmi lends good support.
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
What stays with us beyond the bustle of humorous confederation is the message that we need to respect personal space, but not at the cost of family ties. And when Kartik dumps his overbearing uncle and aunt at a deserted café we are dealt blow that goes far beyond the film’s comic aspirations.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Rawal farts in almost every scene and this is supposed to be funny for some reason. The makers loved the idea of humour about flatulence that they included a scene in which Paresh’s character sings an entire ‘ghazal’ about farts, which is really a bit too much. Of course, the second half has to include an emotional angle about the guests to make the hosts feel bad about their feelings towards the guests, but even this is not done effectively enough. The songs are not worth remembering and to top it all, the makers also included some ‘sanskaari’ sexism (In a scene, Tanvi states that doing household work is a woman’s job and in another scene, Paresh scolds the female lead for wearing a short dress and insists that she appears ‘fully clothed’ in their presence).
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