Never judge a book by its cover. But we do! We tend to get carried away by eye-catching promos that a film-maker unleashes prior to a film's release. We act in haste, rush to a nearby cineplex and soon realise that the best parts were actually highlighted in the promos itself.
That's exactly what you feel when you watch Paying Guests, helmed by first-timer Paritosh Painter. Comedy is serious business and Paritosh Painter ought to know this by now, since he has successfully directed a number of plays in the past. Sadly, Paying Guests stands on a waferthin plot, although Paritosh tries hard to add meat to the skeletal body. The film doesn't have the power to hold your attention for the next 2 hours, although it does [intermittently] make you smile or break into a guffaw.
Earlier too, we've had our macho men getting disguised as girls [Rishi Kapoor and Paintal in Rafoo Chakkar were hilarious], but Paying Guests tries so hard to tickle your funny bone, but falls flat. Final word? This comedy is more of a tragedy... for its viewers!