Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh…


Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar (2001)
Cast: Sunil Shetty, Mahima Chaudhary, Paresh Rawal
Director: Priyadarshan
Music Director: Anand Milind
Nutshell: An attempt at subtle screwball comedy doesn’t quite gel


Review text.YTGYMG comes with great expectations, certainly on my part. Priyadarshan’s “Hera Pheri” was for me a classic film. The script, the interplay between the characters, the timing, it was almost perfect and showed a director who was in command of his medium and had pieced together an intelligent and hilarious comedy. With that in mind, YTGYMG is a bitter disappointment. Not simply because of “Hera Pheri” but as a film on its own, it really does not measure up at all.

Resembling an old Basu Chatterji film, it has neither the charm nor the sophistication that went into those old 70s comedies like “Chhoti si baat” or Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s “Gol maal”. The plot had great potential but it is squandered away by a weak script and sluggish direction.

Daya Shankar (Sunil Shetty) arrives in Mumbai to sell the house that was willed to him by his father so that he can pay off debts incurred by the family. To his consternation, he finds Saraswati (Mahima) and family living in the house which they refuse to vacate. He then takes the matter to the police through his good friend, also a cop (Paresh Rawal) who in turn falls for the charms of Saraswati. So, Daya Shankar weedles his way into one room of the house, intent to drive the family from the house. What follows is a spate of encounters when one is trying to get the upper hand on the other. Sounds like a plot which has opportunities galore to make it a laugh riot. In fact , the potential is there to make a wonderful romantic comedy but unfortunately, its like a stale bottle of coke…without any fizz or any sparkle.

Sunil Shetty is adept in his role and its not his fault that he is not able to shine like he did in Hera Pheri. Here the situations appear forced and actually not very funny. The same goes for Mahima, who clad in cotton sarees, looks the role of a middle class girl trying to make a living in Mumbai but there is little in her role to make it at all interesting. The “looney” bit tagged onto her “past” simply has no place in this film and that is when you realise that this is indeed a remake of a south film. Paresh Rawal is wasted completely in a role which is hideously underwritten and his character is not developed at all. He is an actor who can in fact be very funny but apart from a few silly lines, he has little to do.

Priyadarshan slips with this effort. It really is a most ordinary film, which never really takes off. The spark or inventiveness is missing, possibly because this is a remake. The romance between the lead, or lack of it makes the ending forced and the potential Musically, sarawati yeh tera ghar is an excellent song after quite a while from the Anand Milind camp but most of the other numbers simply pass muster. Naghma’s number is a bore and could very easily be deleted.