Ripples Picture Entertainment's YEH TERAA GHAR YEH MERAA GHAR, directed by Priyadarsan, is a light entertainer.
Dayashankar Pande (Sunil Shetty), from North India, inherits a house from his father. The house is located in a crowded locality of Mumbai and has a long-time occupant, who pays a meagre rent of Rs. 80 per month.
Saraswati (Mahima Chaudhary) is the tenant who lives with her brother, sister and mother since years in the said premises. Dayashankar wants the room vacated and he seeks the help of O.P. Yadav (Paresh Rawal), a cop, who happens to be his childhood friend.
Yadav is determined to help his friend, but his intentions change when he sees Saraswati. Yadav intends remaining a 'brahmachari' all his life, but Saraswati's beauty makes him change his mind.
His problem now is that he can neither say 'no' to Dayashankar, nor does he want Saraswati and her family on the roads. He starts double-crossing to keep both the parties happy.
In the final tally, does Sunil get his house? What happens to Mahima? And what about Paresh's plans?
YEH TERAA GHAR YEH MERAA GHAR is akin to a vegetarian 'thali', without spice. The subject instantaneously reminds you of the films attempted by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee in the 1970s. But, alas, the viewer of today has no patience or excitement for such films anymore.
YEH TERAA GHAR YEH MERAA GHAR also falls flat because it has been treated like a television serial. Actually, a subject like this is best suited for the small screen.
What adds to the woes is the lethargic pace the narrative moves. The wit and humour depicted is very city-centric and for the common man or for those looking for hardcore 'masala', the film has precious little to offer.
The story barely moves in the first half. Though the issue is serious, there is absolutely no seriousness in the goings-on. The second half does precious little to elevate the goings-on.
Director Priyadarsan is not in form this time. He seems to have concentrated on making the frame (form) look lovely, neglecting the painting (content) in the process. Anand-Milind's music is equally uninspiring. The songs are mediocre and even their placement is erratic.
Cinematography (Jeeva) is eye-catching. The 'basti' set (Sabu Cyril) is realistic. Dialogues are witty and the tongue-in-cheek humour will be appreciated by a select few in the big cities.
Sunil Shetty tries hard to fit into a comic role, but is far from convincing. Mahima Chaudhary does well in a couple of sequences, mainly the one when she is throwing Sunil out of the house. Like always, Paresh Rawal is first-rate.
On the whole, YEH TERAA GHAR YEH MERAA GHAR has something for the classes, but not much for the masses. Its business in Mumbai will be the best, but at other places, it will have a rough ride.