I said to myself, "So there goes the dream of darling hubby of ever living in this city. How can I give up a comfortable life in the Capital for a matchbox existence in the city he loves so much? Yes, I love films alright, but it's absolutely okay to watch them on television. I don't have to live with the stars in this city! Rs 40,000 for 750 sq ft!!! Are they kidding me?"
Basu Chatterjee's Piya ka Ghar gives us a glimpse of that life while also highlighting the problem of space and accommodation in Mumbai (then called Bombay so I will do that too). Girdharilal Sharma is a middle class man who is lucky enough to own a home in Bombay. But is that home big enough for his family? It is a one-room apartment in a chawl and his house is forever busy with guests and neighbours. So even though his newlywed son and daughter-in-law crave some privacy, they struggle to find some. It's a funny yet sensitive take on a situation that still cripples many in the maximum city.
Every evening she dresses up and waits for her husband. Sometimes the family members are away for some reason or the other, but as luck would have it, Ram either comes late or even when Ram comes early and the lovebirds think this is it, some silly friend drops in with his wife. Shobha is sensitive enough to understand Malti and Ram's plight and plans movie and theatre outings for her mother-in-law, but still the newlyweds cannot make maximum of the situation. As days go by, Malti is seen whiling away her days in the kitchen while hoping against hope that she and her husband get close by a stroke of sheer luck. My question is why doesn't Malti coax Ram to take a separate accommodation for sometime? Perhaps, being a nice girl who cannot imagine separating her husband from his family, she silently bears everything. But come to think of it, no woman, who has been married recently, deserves to live the way she does. She tries to keep a happy and stoic face despite several odds.
Malhar beckons with his toothless smile and cooing. It's Mommie time again...
But yes, it's feels really good to be back!