WAHAHAHAHAHA! :DI KNEW YOU'D LIKE IT. :DDDDDDSee. You need more films of Dev's to see the full picture. (I wasn't too fond of the end of Kala Bazaar - I much prefer the love triangle-ish thingy, but this is coming from someone who loves Dev blindly. (I'm telling you, everyone is saying that he was wrong in Guide! But you don't like Guide so I won't talk about it here)) ;) Let me see... have you seen Solva Saal? Stay away from Love Marriage, though. The ending made me recoil a little bit, and perhaps for you, a LOT. Munimji too is good... Baazi and Bombai Ka Babu are nice bets...Or maybe I'll let you revel in the love of this film for a while. :D
Thanks so much for stopping by, Bombaynoir! I'm sorry, but I'm an old man and set in my ways with the inflexibility of the aged, so it's extremely unlikely that I will ever share your enthusiasm for Dev. ;^D I still have 46 movies to get through this year, those 46 are all either with me now or in my shopping cart at Induna.com, and the only other Dev film in the mix is Nau Do Gyarah. I do want to rewatch CID at some point for my Waheeda, and might one day consider Paying Guest, but that's it. I have too many films I want to see, and 47 more books to read this year, to give Dev more of my time. This film, though, I will watch many times, I'm quite sure of that. :)
I have to remember to keep an eye on this blog too, Stuart - I generally only look at Likhaavat.That said, what a good review. I like Tere Ghar ke Saamne a lot too, and that is certainly because it all adds up perfectly - the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. And this down-to-earth Dev Anand is the reason I like films like CID and Nau Do Gyarah too - he's not the deified megastar that he is in Guide or Jewel Thief. P.S. Have you noticed the fact that the picturisation of Dil ka bhanwar kare pukaar reflects the lyrics in places? For example, when he sings "Chaahe tum mitaana, par na tum giraana...", it's just after she's shoved him down a flight of stairs. :-)
How could he not trip? :OOnce my time machine is done I'm going to ask him that. Especially in the Qutub Minar. Shove you down one flight of steps, roll down the rest of the tower. Not very pretty. For the love of Dev's movies, I wouldn't like to try. No, not even if he did it himself.Or maybe I will. But I don't think he's too fond of getting himself hurt too.
I hadn't notice that meshing of lyrics with picturisation before, thanks dustedoff! That's a perfect example of why songs should be seen in context I guess! Also, that's a very impressive set they built for it, too, thanks for sharing that tidbit. Likhaavat is still my primary blog, and I actually meant to post this there. This blog is to record my progress through the fifty books, fifty movies challenge, and a lot of the entries will be not much more than title and a link to the movie or book in question. The things that want to really waffle about will normally go up there, as this one was supposed to, and as my reaction to A Suitable Boy will.
@ Stuart (My computer isn't co-operating so I can't reply to your latest comment) - Nooo! Don't go for Paying Guest. It can't make up its mind which genre it is! Even though the songs are lovely. If you have to, check out Solva Saal! Waheeda's there too. ;)If you ever want to check out any of Dev's good films, ask me. :D But whatever you do, do not check out his 70's films. They're hideous. Even by my standards.
Too late! I've already seen Johny Mera Naam and Haré Raama Haré Krishna. Well not all of the latter, I gave up barely halfway through. :)
I think Johny Mera Naam was okay. (It was the first film that introduced me to him, and I liked him there without any inkling of his 50's and 60's work!)What are your favorite scenes from the movie? I especially liked it when Rakesh was with Sulekha and then Lalaji comes in and he has to juggle them both, and she suddenly becomes the granddaughter of the Queen of Ayodhya. And when Rashid Khan comes in with the Coke and then Om Prakash says, "No, I'll only drink lassi."I also like it when Rakesh said, "If he's better than me, then he's his father's son. If I'm better than him, then I'm not my father's son." He really was referring but no one could understand!Actually, I like all of the movie! All of it! Alllll of it! :DExcept for Hare Rama Hare Krishna. That... made me cringe and cringe and the song he sings after Dum Maro Dum, well, I had to get up and sit somewhere else, not facing my laptop because I couldn't stand to see him making a fool out of himself.Yes, I like him so much that I can't stand to see him making a fool of himself. :P
I think one of my favourite scenes was the one where he is running back and forth between both families, speaking loudly then quietly to make each side think he is running the other down.
LOL. I love that scene too! And when he bangs his hand on the table, then they ask, "What's wrong?" And then he says, "I got angry." I love that! Well, I tried to do it once. All I got was a sore hand (wouldn't his hurt too?) and weird looks.As Dustedoff said, about time I realized that I'm not a Hindi film hero.
I am very glad you enjoyed Tere Ghare Ke Saamne Stuart! On my list of all time favourite movies because of the very reason you describe - it's sweet and lovely through and through, a charmer for the ages. I enjoyed both Dev and Nutan's characters a lot and their romance, like the romance in Nau Do Gyarah, just clicked so well. Perhaps it is that chemistry you spoke about. Also the dialogues were genuinely witty - be they between the lead couple or Rakesh with one of the two fathers.When Rakesh is flirting with Sulekha, I could genuinely sense that the romance isn't just some flimsy thing that is happening because they are the hero and heroine - they genuinely had fun back and forths and enjoyed each other's company."aapne Qutab Minar to kafi baar dekha hoga - ek baar humare saath bhi dekhiye, shaayad zyaada ooncha lage"(you must have seen Qutab Minar many times - do see it with me one time, maybe it will seem taller)"agar woh apne baap ka beta hai to mujhse accha hai aur agar main usse accha hoon to main apne baap ka beta nahin"(if he is his father's son then he is better than me, and if I am better than him then I am not my father's son)etc.I just found the dialogues so delightfully drollThe songs are each and every one of them a gem as well. I too could watch this one over and over!
Thanks, nakhrewali! ""aapne Qutab Minar to kafi baar dekha hoga - ek baar humare saath bhi dekhiye, shaayad zyaada ooncha lage" was a favourite of mine, one I caught properly, with my ears rather than my eyes. The next time I watch it, I'll turn the subs off to make sure I give the witty banter the attention it deserves.
Hi Stuart again,Reading your review, forgive me, I was thinking all the time - WHAT, he's not EVEN mentioning Nutan!!! Until finally you did, whew, sigh! Come on, OK for poor Dev, but she's the star of TGKS!! I mean SHE's the queen of Ayodhya, not Dev!Stuart, you clearly need a strong dose of Nutan to cure you. I would first order you to absorb Manzil, there's some Dev in that too, but it'll be good for you. And then you'll need through it, yes, no complaints - watch Paying guest twice: such is Nutan's potency, she'll make you love Dev for ever, 100% guarantee!
Thanks for stopping by with such an excellent suggestion Yves. More Nutan is definitely something I'm going to try, with or without my personal filmi Nemesis.