Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?

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Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?
Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ashwni Dhir
Produced by Amita Pathak
Screenplay by Tushar Hiranandani
Robin Bhatt
Story by Ashwni Dhir
Starring Ajay Devgn
Paresh Rawal
Konkona Sen Sharma
Music by Songs:
Background Score:
Sanjoy Chowdhury
Cinematography Aseem Bajaj
Edited by Dharmendra Sharma
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Wide Frame Pictures
Release date
  • 5 March 2010 (2010-03-05)
Running time
115 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 150 million (US$2.2 million)
Box office 390 million (US$5.8 million)[1]

Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge (Dear Guest, When Will You Leave) is a 2010 Indian Hindi comedy film directed by Ashwni Dhir, and it was produced by Amita Pathak. The film stars Ajay Devgan, Paresh Rawal and Konkona Sen Sharma in the lead roles. It was released on 5 March 2010.The film was an Super Hit grosser and made nearly double of its budget (150 million) at the box office. It received numeorous nominations at award ceremonies.[2]


The story starts with Puneet , a man who earns a living by writing films for the Bollywood industry presents his next story called "Pachaas" He presents it infront of his director Taneja and Suleiman , soon after listening to the story Taneja says before the film releases he needs to take his parents for operation and has other important work to do and if guests are to arrive home there would be another problem. Puneet finalises the deal. Mun Mun is an architect who is having issues with her client who believes in Feng Shui and keeps changing the template of her house. She is Puneet's wife and she informs him that teachers have called him to school because of their son's inability to pass a test of 100 marks in hindi. The teacher tells him he doesnot know the meaning of "Atithi devo Bhava, " which means guests are like god. When Puneet explains to his son Aayush the meaning he promptly says that nobody ever visits their home. Soon an elderly man Lambodar from Gorakpur village comes to stay with his distant relative "Pappu." After he slaps the watchman's ear hard that it bleeds , the residents of the apartment ,one of them assumes that the uncel is related to Puneet as he calls him "Pappu." Puneet was surprised as well as confused , convinced that their guest is a distant uncle of his , he takes him home. Mun Mun says it is the height of irresponsibility to not know ones relatives. Puneet introduces Lambodar to Mun Mun and calls her a very cultured girl and says he is just like his wife Sarla. They later meet Aayush who doesnot touch their guest's feet in respect. Puneet and Mun Mun are disturbed that their guest has used their private shower items but do not say a word to their guest. After Mun Mun prepares a meal Lambodar hands her some money and he believes that it is wrong to keep a woman's hand empty as he has eaten a meal from her hands for the first time. The uncle has a very close equation with children and they enjoy each other's company. Puneet and Mun Mun give up their room which has air conditioning to their guest and they sleep in the living room without the A.C. In the middle of the night Puneet and Mun Mun hear a strange frightening voice at night. In fear Aayush cries and his mother consoles him. Puneet takes a cricket bat has his weapon and hears that the sound is coming from the bathroom where the uncle is gargling. Puneet tells Mun Mun that the lifestyle of village folks is such that they wake up early and eat breakfast early. At work Mun Mun talks to her colleague and tells her about their guest expecting her to bathe in the morning before entering the kitchen. Mun Mun's manager's wife suffers from chronic back problem and oftens rushes to hospitals so they women crack a joke about him amongst themselves. Back at home the guest is behind the maid who sweeps in the house. Lambodar supervises her cleaning techniques and is behind her back. He asks her to wash the clothes for a second time and she is shocked by his request. He sees Puneet working on his next film and asks him about his profession. The due date for him to present the script is drawing near and his uncle talks endlessly about actors and actresses during his era. When he goes for offering prayers to the goddess he is upset that they are using mordern technology to play hyms. He offers to sing and everyone else joins in. After the uncle has come the lifestyle of Puneet and Mun Mun changes. When Puneet comes to offer prayers he carries his son and gets a catch on his back. His so called Uncle offers to kick him saying it was an old technoque that isf a person was born the other way round , a kick will help cure the catch. It surprsingly worked very well. Mun Mun is shocked by this turn of events and her colleage is in disbeleif. She even recommeds that the manager's wife to come and get kicked. Soon after which the wife loses her two front teeth. The manager is disappointed that Mun Mun could not successfully give her client what she needed . She even complains to her colleague about the issues she is having both at work and at home. The uncle is at it again on another day supervising the maid in the most annoying manner , she could not tolerate his exasperating nature and intends to leave the house after she complains to Mun Mun. She leaves in a fit of anger and complains to Puneet about the situation. She even decided to stop cooking for him. That night they eat out at the street a popular snack called pav bhaji , the uncle asks her to still prepare a light meal. The next day the uncle complains of gas because they used cheap oil instead of butter in the snack. Puneet insists his to take a tablet. The uncle says he is a vegetarian and assumes that animal fats are present in the tablet , he instead asks for cow's urine. Puneet and Mun Mun are disgusted by this. Puneet needs to hand the scrpit to Taneja and knows he would not be able to do anything due to his interfering uncle , he makes him board a bus to see the city. While Puneet is working he gets pestering calls from his uncle and decides to go to a garden so he can get some peace and fresh air. Mun Mun is upset that the uncle has brought some friends of his home and they expect her to prepare snacks for them. She calls Puneet and makes him hear their menu and says she wont prepare anything. She then says she wants to commit suicide and so does Puneet. Two police inspectors over hear what Puneet says and ends up getting arrested , lucky for him he was able to finish his work and was back home the very next day. At the release of the film Puneet takes along his uncle. The uncle meets an old film actor from a favourite movie of his and pesters him to recite his famous dialogue. In this attempt the uncle ends up destroying a set worth 50 Lakh Rupees. Taneja throws curses and insults at the uncle and Puneet disaprroves of his director's behaviour. He ends up getting fired at that instant. Puneet takes his uncle and leaves home. The next day the uncle feels very guilty for his actions and Mun Mun tells Puneet that their guest must leave. After Lambodar gives a heartfelt apology Puneet fails to tell him to leave. Puneet, Mun Mun and Aayush comes to see the shooting of his friend and he finds out about what had happened to him. Puneet and Mun Mun tell him they are tired of him so their friend offers to help. Gives a prank call home telling the Uncle that his wife has died. He is in a state of shock. The Uncle calls Puneet and Mun Mun to the police station telling what had happened. They tell him to leave to the village, but he tells him that his wife died 5 years ago and got the prankster arrested. They feel sorry for their friend but are unable to save him so uncle wouldnot know the truth. The inspector recognises Puneet who he thought was trying to commit suicide. Mun Mun could not handle this anymore and tells Puneet she is leaving the house. Uncle interferes in their matter ans tries to settle things among each other. Mun Mun takes a steel item and aims it at Puneet but it hits Lambodar on the forehead. She makes up a story that she has a friend in Delhi who is getting married but because Uncle is at home they cannot do anything. The uncle then plans to leave for some days to his village and they tell him he can come back after the wedding. At the station Mun Mun pretends to cry as the uncle is leavin for home. Puneet and Mun Mun are happy that he left. On the way home the hear someone farting but assume it is just their imagination, they actually see the uncle and he tells them that he saw Mun Mun crying upon his departure and was upset , so he went off the train and their neighbour opened the door for them. They leave to stay at a hotel in their city. Puneet is upset about the expenditure he needs to make because of her lie. A few days later they are informed that the police have raided the hotel in which they are saying and get Puneet , Mun Mun and Aayush arrested. This comes live on television and the uncle calls Puneet to check on him. Puneet lies to him and says he is in the wedding. The inspector from before recognises him. Mun Mun and Puneet fight quarrel and the inspector wishes to hear how this had happened , they ask him if he ever had a guest who was not willing to leave , he says yes and got rid of him from help. The following day Puneet asks his old colleage Suleiman to threaten his uncle who is busy buying fruits. A gang of men notice Suleiman who was an accomplice in a certain incident but Uncle ends up saving his life. Suleiman tells Puneet to take care of him as he saved his life. Puneet and Mun Mun decide to finally return home and uncle told them that since the Ganapati festival was arriving , he bought a statue of Lord Ganesha. With the approach of the festival many guests are invited to their home and children become friendly with uncle. Taneja too comes for the prayers at their home and apologises to Puneet for his behaviour , he also asks him to resume work in the industry. Puneet later on has issues with the bank who have taken his car. He is able to regain it only because the manager is a friend of uncle who came home that day. On the day of the festival Uncle and the family place the statue in the holy water and go out to celebrate the festival. Unfortunately during the festival there was a bomb attack and uncle goes missing. Puneet and Mun Mun are afraid uncle may have died in the attack and his body was not found. The very next day after they reach home they find uncle fit and fine. They asked him where he had been and told them how everyone was worried sick for him. He asked for forgivness and said he lost the diary in which Puneet's number was written. Uncle had purchased a train ticket and planned to leave the next day. Puneet could not handle the situation anymore and told him to leave immediately. Puneet reveals to uncle about how much he and Mun Mun suffered because of him , this brought Puneet to tears and Uncle is forgiven. At the apartment a tenant who was on a holiday reached his apartment and recognised his uncle. Uncle , Mun Mun and Puneet were shocked. Both families lived in different wings but shared the same door number. The uncle was shocked that he barged into the wrong house. Mun Mun tells Pappu that uncle must stay at his house as well now that he is here . The movie ends in a freeze frame.



The film was shot at Yashraj Studios, Filmistan, Film City and other locations in Mumbai.[3]


The film received average to good ratings from the critics. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama rated it 3.5 out of 5, and claimed that the film was "fun" and "frolic" for all. Komal Nahta gave it 3/5 and explained how it should be acclaimed for its family love, and the great message at the end.

Box office[edit]

Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge had an "average" opening at the box office, and took about a 35% opening, which is a typical trend for films in the family comedy/drama genre. The collections picked up through good word of mouth and sustained well at the box office for eight weeks despite competition from other films and IPL cricket tournament held during the same time. The film worked well with family audiences but did not find a large youth audience. The film did a domestic gross of 390 million.[4] It was declared an average grosser by Box Office India.


Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge
Soundtrack album by Amit Mishra & Pritam Chakraborty
Released 20 February 2010 (2010-02-20)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 39:22
Label Junglee Music
Producer Amita Pathak

The songs featured in the movie are composed by Amit Mishra and Pritam Chakraborty while the lyrics are by Irshad Kamil. The film score was composed by Sanjoy Chowdhury. The soundtrack was released on 20 February 2010.[3][5] "Aaja Aaja" and its remix are composed by Pritam while the rest were by Amit Mishra

Track Singer(s) Composer
"Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge" Amit Mishra Amit Mishra
"Jyoti Jalaile" Sukhwinder Singh Amit Mishra
"Aaja Aaja" Raghuvir Yadav, Ajay Jhingran & Rajneesh Pritam Chakraborty
"Dohe" Amit Mishra Amit Mishra
"Sukhakarta" Amit Mishra Amit Mishra
"Aaja Aaja (remix)" Raghuvir Yadav, Ajay Jhingran & Rajneesh Pritam Chakraborty


The film is based on short story 'Tum kab jaoge,Athithi?' by Sharad Joshi, famous satirist of Hindi, whose stories are being aired on SAB TV's Lapataganj, series directed by Ashwini Dhir, The Director of the film. The film is a hilarious version of Agantuk (Written and Directed by Satyajit Ray).

Recently the famous author and cartoonist of India, Abid Surti has sued makers of Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge claiming that story is directly lifted from his Gujarati novel Bauter Varas No Babo published in 1976, which was later translated in Hindi as Bahatar Saal Ka Baccha. He has filed a case with The Film Writers Association (FWA) and has demanded Rs 11.5 million as compensation, the case is still pending judgment.[6][7][8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Won: Apsara Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role – Paresh Rawal
  • Nominated: Best Comedian – Paresh Rawal[9]


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