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Ram G. Sharma
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Malti Shankar
Agha ...
Girdharilal Sharma
Raja Paranjpe ...
Gauri Shankar (as Raja Paranjape)
Ranjita Thakur ...
Shobha Shiri Sharma (as Ranjeeta Thakur)
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Baburao Kulkarni (as Kesto Mukherjee)
Mukri ...
Kanhaiya
Sulochana Chatterjee ...
Mrs. Girdharilal Sharma
Sunder ...
Irate Passenger
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Arun
Samar Chatterjee
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Shiri G. Sharma
C.S. Dubey ...
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Sarita Devi
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Malti Shankar lives in a fairly large house in a small town in India with her mom and dad, while her paternal uncle, Gauri Shankar, who has literally brought Malti up, lives in the house next door. Malti's marriage is being arranged with a young man named Ram G. Sharma, who lives in Bombay with his dad, Girdharilal; mom; elder brother, Shiri and his wife, Shobha; and a cricket-crazy school-going brother, Hari. The Pandit, arranging the marriage, describes the Sharma family, who originate from the nearby Bayana town, as a good family, living near the seashore, in a big building called "Bharat Mahal". The wedding party arrives, the bride and groom approve of each other, get married, and Malti re-locates to Ram's house. She is shocked and surprised to find that it is nowhere near the seashore, is a shanty room, divided two ways, and a kitchen - that is now her bedroom. Malti always had lots of space to live and grow up in, will this obscure, noisy, overcrowded, with virtually no privacy ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Light-hearted, feel-good movie about the plight of a newly married couple staying in a joint family
29 June 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Piya ka Ghar is a Hindi comedy set (mainly) in Mumbai in the 1970s. It is supposedly a remake of Raja Thakur's Marathi film "Mumbaicha Javai." It portrays the difficulties of life in India's biggest city in the form of a comic family drama.

This is one of my favourite old Hindi movies and though almost forty years have passed since this movie was made, watching it is still a pleasant way of spending a few hours…I can still relate to the movie, though it was made a good six years before I was even born… After having watched it quite a few times on the television over the years, I decided to download the film and add it to my collection…I have a few other gems in my collection such as Choti si Baat, Chupke Chupke, Golmal, Naram Garam, Bawarchi and this movie is cut from the same cloth…

The film is quite breezy and simplistic, containing no antagonists, scheming relatives or friends, no subplots and moves forward in a straight forward manner… It focuses on a north Indian, immigrant middle class family living in a crowded, noisy apartment building (commonly known as a Chawl) in Bombay…the family consists of the male patriarch, his wife, their three sons and the wife of the eldest son…they are in general a happy-go-lucky family, leaving peacefully in the midst of their chaotic surroundings…they are also in search of a bride for their second son Ram (Anil Dhawan), who is the male lead…

They forge an alliance for Ram with Malti (Jaya Bhaduri), who lives in a village…the manner in which the match-maker exonerates the virtues of the prospective bride-groom and his family to Malti's parents is one of the most hilarious scenes in the movie…He paints a very rosy picture of the family staying in dream city Bombay in a palatial building, near the sea-shore, thereby pushing hard for an alliance…

Malti's Tauji (Uncle), who is extremely fond of her opposes the alliance as he does not have a good opinion of Bombay & its inhabitants…his first meeting with the members of the groom's family (when they arrive for the wedding) does not help matters and he regards them as boorish and ill-mannered…however the wedding does take place…

Once Ram brings his bride to Bombay, she quickly adjusts to her new life with the help of her supportive in-laws…but the newly-weds do not get the privacy they desire and attempts by the rest of the family to help them also back-fires…these somewhat funny and poignant efforts at romance forms the main plot line of the movie… Though, both are frustrated, Malti especially is disheartened, though she is otherwise quite happy & well-adjusted…

When her Tau visits Bombay to meet her, he finds her in tears and is convinced that the whole marriage has been a terrible mistake…he decides to take her back to the village and even though the whole family pleads with him, he is adamant…

At this point, not only Ram's family members, but also his neighbours decide to sacrifice substantially for Malti's happiness…this act of utter selflessness by others touches her deeply and she tells her Tau that though she loves him a lot, she is quite content & happy in marriage…this opens his eyes and leads him to realize that he has misunderstood the situation, because of his deep love for Malti…

The film explores many aspects of life in a crowded city such as the struggle for privacy and romance, the selflessness and noble-hearted behavior of people who seem unsophisticated and ill-mannered, stark contrast between life in a village and a city etc…it has some beautiful songs which are quite relevant to the situations in the movie…

An additional bonus is that you get to see Bombay as it was in the early seventies…comic relief in the movie is provided by veterans such as Agha, Keshto Mukherjee, Mukri and Paintal…Anil Dhawan is quite handsome and fits the role of the romantically inclined, newly wed city boy while Jaya Bhaduri breathes life in her role of the coy and introvert Village belle…I especially liked the character of Anil Dhawan's bhabhi (played by Ranjita Thakur), which is quite saucy and naughty, even slightly flirtatious…she enjoys teasing the newly weds…

I would recommend this movie for everybody…watching it will definitely brighten up your day and lift your spirits…it is a film which asks for repeated viewings…

It is a pity that nobody makes such simple hearted movies which entertain and also carry a social message…


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