Ghar Jamai (1935)

177 min
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A big slapstick hit. Mafatlal is an unemployed adventurer thrown out of his home and told not to return until he has made some money. He responds to an ad for a ‘resident son-in-law for wealthy heiress’, tries to earn commission from a lawyer by instigating lawsuits, impersonates a station-master to dodge the fare, gets chased by cops and a fisherwoman, and gets robbed. Eventually, he is chosen by the original advertiser, Heeralaxmi, a woman with ‘advanced views’ on everything. Other characters include a phalanx of women standing for election on outlandish platforms. The socially conservative comedy betrayed the anxieties of sexually insecure men when faced with the possibility of the emancipation of women.

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