I’ve decided to inaugurate this blog with one of my absolutely favorite movies, Tere Ghar Ke Samne, a delightfully refreshing romantic comedy starring Dev Anand and Nutan. In my opinion, it’s absolutely fabulous, hilarious, stunning, spectacular, you get the idea. I’m not going to do the whole plot summary with screenshots, because other bollywood blogs have already done that (a’la Bombay Noir :)), instead I’ll give you my take on the movie.
I watched Paying Guest after this, and comparing it too this movie shows how Dev Anand had matured enough at this point to truly come into his own as an actor. He was more comfortable on screen, his voice variations making him a heartthrob. His Rakesh took himself just seriously enough, was sophisticated in his admiration of Nutan. The way he flirts with her by calling her a queen gets me every time.
And Nutan! I have to admit, I thought, probably wrongly, that after a woman had her first child she lost her figure. But Nutan has proved me wrong. If possible, she looked even more beautiful in this movie than in any other one I had seen her in so far. Her chemistry with Dev is just…perfect. That’s all I can say. And so GENUINE. Like, take the scene when they are sitting in the garage in her fathers house.
“There are two ways to resolve a conflict. One Chinese and One Indian.”
“I’ll burst into a house with a gun and go BAM BAM BAM! And forcibly take you from your parents and marry you” (Indo-China war, guys! I have nothing against Chinese people!)
“And the Hindustani way?”
“The way of fives. 1) Your parents love you a lot, 2) My parents love me a lot 3) I love you a lot 4) YOU love me a lot and 5) On the inside, my parents love you and your parents love me. And in the end, love will win and we’ll be married.”
See? Just the perfect mix of funniness and deep truth. Truly one of my favorite movies.
Om Prakash as Lalaji is absolutely hilarious with classic Om Prakash style, and yet, he conveys Lalaji as a complex character, with such deep love for his son that he is willing to give up his pride for him. No one is strictly “good” in this movie, there are no hard core villains, which makes it all the more realistic and beautiful. Likewise with the actor who plays Nutan’s father- I don’t know his name.
Rajendra Nath as Ronny is absolutely hilarious as well.
“I love you! Let me give you a kiss!”- Drunk Ronny
“You love me?” Dev says in his sleepy, dealing with drunk people voice, and leans forward.
Ah, I love that dealing-with-drunk-people voice so much. And Dev’s other voices! They make what could have been a boring script come alive with wit and humor! My rendering of the conversations really don’t do them justice. Which is why you MUST watch this movie. A lot of times, I feel like movies I’m really excited for turn out to let me down. Tere Ghar Ke Samne was one of the unexpected gems I found after lots of let down movies. It’s guaranteed to cheer you up. The ending didn’t annoy me as much as it annoyed other people- I mean, the message was clear to us, but it obviously wasn’t clear to Lalaji and Seth Karam Chand, and it would have looked strange if they suddenly made up after so much enmity.
AND THE SONGS. OH THE SONGS.
Can Dil Ka Bhawar be my favorite song for all eternity? Probably not- but it is probably song of the month or year. The shots of Qutub Minar from the outside are spectacular, and the dialogue between Nutan and Dev as they go up and down is adorable. And the face Nutan makes during the song! Gah, and Dev is being his most romantic self.
I legitimately started rocking out in front of my computer to Tu Kahan, Is nasheeli raat mein? My reaction was stunning to behold, because I’d heard this song a long time before but never knew where it came from.
And Where would I be if I didn’t mention the title song? Absolutely brilliant, especially the Ulfaat me taaj chute, yeh bee tumhe yaad hoga. Ulfaat me taaj baane, yeh bee tumhe yaad hoga. I’m sorry, I’m really bad at spelling Hindi.
I have no idea how else to convince you to watch this movie- it has the songs, the actors, the plot, the cinematography. Should I start juggling to get you to? I will, I tell you, and it will not be pretty (or safe).
What were your favorite scenes? Share in the comments!