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Paying Guest (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama
An incompetent lawyer gets evicted, dons the guise of an old man to gain accommodation, falls for the owner's daughter, then faces numerous life-changing challenges.

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Based in Hazratganj, Advocate Ramesh Kumar gets evicted for not paying his rent, finds accommodation with a Nawab, but is subsequently evicted from there also after forcing a tenant of 20-years, Digambernath, to move out. Ramesh then falls for the latter's daughter, Shanti, dons a guise of an old man, calls himself Mirza, and becomes their paying guest. He is able to win her heart, convinces her dad to let him live there, as well as finds employment next door with Public Prosecutor Dayal. He will soon face challenges when Shanti's sister, Uma, and her alcoholic husband, Prakash, move in; he will not only take to alcohol but also frequent the company of Dayal's attractive wife, Chanchal, and estrange himself from Shanti - but nothing will prepare him for the chain of events that will follow after two sudden deaths and an apparent homicide - shattering and changing everyone's lives forever. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Chhod Do Aanchal Zamaana Kya Kahega
Sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle
Music by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri
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Has Its Moments But It's Too Inconsistent
9 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Subodh Mukherji's 'Paying Guest' starts off as a romantic comedy then it shifts to drama and finally to a thriller. If the shift was more consistent, 'Paying Guest' would have been a far more entertaining experience. Somewhere in the middle, the film deviates from Ramesh and Shanti by focusing more on Shobha Khote's character and the thriller angle could have been more well built. The courtroom sequence is a major disappointment as the tactics seem both clichéd and unconvincing.

The strength of the film lies in the first hour, the romantic comedy angle of the film. Nutan and Dev Anand form quite the sweet romantic couple. There are both sweet moments and funny moments. This is indeed the best part and perhaps director Mukherji should have stuck to this angle.

While both Dev Anand and Nutan act very well, they are somewhat relegated to the background as the second hour focuses more on Shobha Khote. Khote herself isn't bad and thankfully not loud. Sajjan is also impressive as Ramesh's friend (he's completely different from his 'Kabuliwala' persona).

Another strength is that Burman's score is sweetly melodious with some lovely songs by Lata Mangeshkar and the legendary Kishore Kumar.

'Paying Guest' doesn't entirely stay true to it's title and it could have been a far better film. Being a fan of Nutan and having heard so much about it, I'm disappointed. Yet, it's not entirely bad as it does have its good moments.


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