I've always believed that Shammi Kapoor was the master of disguises. He just thumped his way into the screen and extracted all the gags with his goofy disguises. Be it as an old nawab, a bungling pandit or a clever magician, Kapoor always looked the part and played it too with his fine voice modulations and quirky facial contortions. But lo!! Dev Anand here dons the garb of Mirza Sahib and dupes everyone so well that you feel why didn't do this in his films more often. He actually is hilarious, weird and bold. He not only wins Nutan's heart, but he also sheds light on the other side of his persona-- the experimentalist and flamboyant one.
I love the love story in Paying Guest. It's utterly delicious, believable and romantic. Here are two souls who are struggling to make ends meet but that has not done away with the goodness in their hearts. They understand each other's constraints and are ready to adjust and compromise. Misunderstands take place but they are sorted out because true love triumphs here. And when dangers come calling, the two stand by each other. Their love and bonding is rock solid.
2011 was a bad year in terms of cinema. Not that I can say anything about the films made this year, for, I've hardly seen much of them.