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The 'Atithi' returns

Guest Iin London, a sequel to Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge revolves around the chaos created by ‘Chacha Ji,’ played by Paresh Rawal and ‘Chachi Ji’ on the streets of London, while a young couple Aryan and Anaaya, struggle to deal with these unwelcomed guests.

Guest Iin London, an upcoming Paresh Rawal starrer made it to the screens on the 7th of this month. The movie borrows the character of Chacha Ji (Paresh Rawal) from the 2010 flick Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge, and runs on the same comic line. We see a love plot shaping up between a young couple behind the façade of a fake marriage, while some unrelated 'relatives' enter and send their lives into a tizzy. The movie has the basic elements of light humour, managing to gather a few laughs from the audience.
In a candid conversation with Millennium Post, actors Kartik, Kriti and Paresh Rawal share their experience of working together…
How is Atithi tum kab jaoge different from this film?
Paresh: Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and Guest Iin London are very different films. If you compare two love stories, you will find some similarities between them, maybe because they have a same theme but the composition of the film always varies. This is exactly the case with Guest Iin London, here, the story, characters and situations are also very different. In fact, there is a different country. And I think the plot of this film is better than the previous one.
Kartik: When you see the film you'll get to know that both the films are not similar at all. The only similarity is the story of an unwanted guest. But the growth in chemistry between all the characters is entirely different. However, despite being an uninvited and annoying guest, the character of Paresh Rawal in the movie is very positive.
What was it like working together? Has it ever happened that you had to get out of your comfort zone?
Paresh: I must say that there is a lot to learn from this young generation. First of all, it is their clarity, passion and focus. They are career-oriented and they always come up with new ideas. They never take things for granted. Their energy puts me in an amusing situation and I have learnt a lot from them.
Kartik: We've developed a wonderful bond in such less time. I've always been a huge fan of Hera-Pheri and 'Babu Rao' since childhood. It was a great opportunity for me to work with Babu Bhaiya. He is a very funny man in real life; also he likes to talk a lot. He behaves like my younger brother. It's like a bond between two young and hard people. I felt very comfortable working with Kriti, whether on-screen or off-screen.
Kriti: Kartik is very cooperative and I'm very comfortable with him both on screen and off screen. And we have lot of things in common, like we're both Scorpions, and we have discussed a lot of things together. Paresh sir is a really good and talented man, and I've learnt so much from him.
Kartik and Kriti, how difficult was it for you both to enter the industry being complete outsiders?
Kartik: Ever since my childhood I have always wondered how stars lived, ate and did all day. Since I've come from Gwalior; my family also had the basic expectations from me to pursue engineering and build a career. I had never told my parents about my dreams. But I was always finding a way to come to Mumbai. So, somehow I entered an engineering college in Bombay and my struggle began where I used to travel five hours a day in a Mumbai local between Belapur and Andheri.
Kriti: Obviously we have to face many difficulties being outsiders. As an outsider it's not easy to survive here, and we have to be really careful before taking our first tentative steps. But it's not impossible. I never had the thought of being an actor. My basic idea was to get married and settle like a normal girl. But I always wanted to run away from Bangalore. I have never said this out loud but the fact is that I wanted to run away from my ex-boyfriend. And I have always been a drama queen. In fact, everyone expected that one day I would definitely become an actress.
Kriti, your last movie RAAZ was a horror and entirely different from this movie. How did you manage to cope up with things for this movie and also how is Emraan different from Kartik?
Kriti: Horror movies are horror to the viewers. I always used to laugh out while playing my role. I guess that's what has brought me here in a comedy film. And Emraan is like a senior to me and our talks were very limited, whereas Kartik and I are more comfortable with each other. So, any comparison is unfair.
Paresh, how did u deal with the controversy over your dialogue from the film based on Pakistan?
Paresh: I don't understand where this question came from. This is an Indian media and I don't think there must be any argument here regarding this. (Laughs) Just kidding! Now, if neighbours don't have fun with each other, then who will? We are neighbours and these are really trivial things to fight over. In fact, the actor essaying the neighbour's role is a Pakistani himself and he never had any problem regarding it.
Kartik, would you wish to attempt a genre other than comedy next?
Kartik: No, I don't think of it that way. However comedy is a difficult zone and I always go with what the story and script demand. But I like emotional roles as well.
Kartik, Ranbir Kapoor recently tweeted about Pyar ka Punchnama 2. Did he give you any advice?
Kartik: That was really sweet of him and I recently had a word with him as well. He praised 'Punchnama' in one of his interviews also. We play football together and share a very good bond. He always praises me for my role whenever he watches that movie. He liked the movie a lot and he thinks it's a commercial movie. He also loved the monologue.
Directed by Ashwni Dhir, Guest Iin London can be called a comeback movie of comedy king Paresh Rawal. The movie cast includes, Kartik Aaryan, Tanvi Azmi, Kriti Kharbanda, Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Mishra and Shafaq Naaz.
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