Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? boasts of a single line plot which is about a visitor (Paresh Rawal) who extends his stay beyond the comfort limits of the hosts (Ajay Devgn, Konkona Sen). For a film with such a subject, one wonders if it is indeed difficult to maintain a certain graph of humour all through the length of the film. Doesn’t it risk turning monotonous after a point in time?
“This isn’t really the case only in Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? You pick up any plot driven film and getting the treatment perfect for the entire duration would always be a difficult task”, defends Konkona who is seeing quite some appreciation coming her way ever since the release of the film, “See, what we have in Atithi… is a situation and if the writer and director are good in their job then they can make it work. Now it is for all to see that Ashwani (Dhir) indeed has really done a good job here.”
While Atithi…. is a situational comedy, extension of a story with various sub plots seems relatively easier in a conventional film, say for example a love story.
“But then there also you would have to keep the mood of continuous romance going right through its duration! Now how do you do that?” questions Konkona, “Any story needs to have a beginning, middle and end and Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? is no different. There are a lot of funny moments that could be incorporated in the script since the film is very identifiable.”
Extending her logic behind the ‘identification’ factor that Atithi… comes with, Konkona states, “A large part of Mumbai population is migrant, and there are millions out there who come and make this place as their own. I wouldn’t have done the film if I hadn’t identified with it. But then aren’t we all associated with so many people who have left their own native places behind to make Mumbai their home?”
One can pretty much sense in a conversation with Konkona that she is pretty much on the same lines as the screen image that she is carrying i.e. being an epitome of a thinking woman. This is the reason why it is futile to hunt for any quotable quotes just for an effect or an anecdote which is shared just for the print. She keeps it all plain and simple, just as one would have always expected from her, and maintains her ‘let’s-stick-to-the-business’ stance.
This is why one moves on to a the subject of the film, an unwanted guest, and questions Konkona if she has ever faced an unfriendly encounter with an unwanted guest like ‘chachaji’ (Paresh Rawal) coming in. “On the contrary I am very happy when there are people at my place. Since I live alone in Mumbai, any number of guests is most welcome”, says Konkona in a tone which indeed sounds pretty genuine.
Meanwhile, she has a lot going for her as this week will see the release of her long delayed Right Yaaa Wrong. What are her expectations from the film, given the fact that its promos have been coming on and off while the dated look is also prevalent in every frame?
“Well, such things happen in movies. I have seen the promos but not the entire film. I just hope that the film sees a good release”, is all that Konkona is willing to comment on the subject.
This is not all for Konkona as she is all set to be quite active on the Bollywood front in weeks to come. “That’s true. After Atithi… and Right Yaaa Wrong, there are Vinay Shukla’s Mirch and Rituparno Ghosh Sunglass coming up. Then I have also done a film called Iti Mrinalini with my mother (Aparna Sen). There is a lot happening on the career front and it is nice to be busy”, signs off Konkona.