Paying Guest Movie Review

Before we get down to discussing whether Paying Guest, a comic caper directed by Paritosh Painter, is worth a watch this weekend in theatre or not, let’s take a look at the story.

Paying Guest revolves around four young, carefree and perky guys (Shreyas Talpade, Javed Jaffrey, Ashish Chowdhary and Vatsal Sheth). The four go through a series of ultra comical hurdles in attempts to find a shelter that can tolerate their combined problems. The owner Ballu (Johnny Lever) puts across a crazy condition, he would rent the place only to couples. With no other option left, these guys give in to the condition laid by the owner. The rest of the story revolves around how they manage to get their wives and tackle issues that follow.

Paying Guest Review

For a director who has directed a number of theatre plays, one would think handling a comical shouldn’t be much of a problem. But on debut, Paritosh Painter seems to have got it all wrong. If you expect Paying Guest to be a fun filled ride with rib tickling sequences; you will be highly disappointed. The poor writing lets the movie down and makes it a pain to sit through after the initial sequences.

Paying Guests begins well, the first few reels are funny but just when your expectations, on actually enjoying a movie at a big screen after a real long time, rise; the movie dips to an all time low. The comedy looks forced as the director and actor struggle to make you laugh. The dialogues are lame and so is the music score by Sajid-Wajid.

When it comes to performances, the leading ladies are just pure eye candies and have nothing much to do. However Celina Jaitley and Neha Dhupia have more screen time. Amongst the rest, Shreyas Talpade stands out with his perfect comic timing. Javed Jaffery is equally competent and manages to make you laugh. Ashish Chowdhary and Vastal Seth are good. Chunkey Pandey and Inder Kumar are wasted.

Overall, Paying Guest charges you for boredom. Yet another movie this year, that deserves a skip. All hopes on Yashraj Films’ New York now, the movie releases next week!



  • the review above is wrong… movie is GOOD, good comedy… except that gujrati as sweety is not done well enough…..climax could have been better BUT STILL it is good enough…. some poorly chosen wording should have been avoided for pure comedy movie.

  • This movie sucks! Total waste of time, money and energy. I only liked few punch lines in the movie. Apart from that it had totally predictable un-funny sequences. Do not watch it in theater (by the time you read this comment, I am sure the movie is gone not only from theaters, but also from the DVDs’ list of bottom 10.)

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