Nostalgia: Light at the End of the Tunnel!

Rangmunch.TV has always been fascinated by all that happens on the other side of the Camera. A couple of days ago, I was browsing through the various Channels, when I noticed a show being aired on StarOne. Since it had many familiar faces, I was curious to know what the show was all about. I sat on to watch the entire episode and realized it had an interesting storyline.

Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar, that airs at 9:00 PM on StarOne, Monday to Friday, was actually a show that was made for Star Plus, but never aired as the Channel, at that time, felt a story of that kind might not work with the audience.

Yeh Tera Ghar… tells the story of an old man who lives alone in his hometown and yearns to meet his three sons, who have moved away from home. Having settled with their own lives and families now, they do not plan to return to their hometown or their father, until they hear of his death and the will he has left behind. The brothers are miffed when they learn that their father has left everything in the custody of a young girl named Gauri. She lets them know that their late father had laid down certain terms and conditions in the will that would require them to stay together with their families under one roof for a year in order to bequeath the Twenty Crores each that their father has left them with. Forced by circumstances and their need to acquire what they think is their right, the brothers stay back reluctantly. How this very condition binds and brings the family together forms the crux of the story.

Shot over forty-five episodes, this gripping family drama, has a variety of emotions to offer. We spoke to Director Ravi Bhushan, who still fondly remembers the show as one of his best works.  Ravi to his credit has hit shows like Miley Jab Hum Tum and currently airing StarPlus show Navya.

A Page from a Director’s Diary: Ravi Bhushan on “Yeh Tera Ghar..”

- “I was mostly doing episodic series before ‘Yeh tera ghar, yeh Mera Ghar’ came to me. I had done a kids show called ‘Hero’ for Disney, ‘CIA-Cambala Investigation Agency’ for Pogo and ‘Sssh Koi Hai’ for Star Plus. I did not want to do a daily soap at that time. But when I heard the story from Seema and Sudhir (Makers of Miley Jab Hum Tum) it instantly caught my interest and I took it up. That is why we were very disappointed when it did not air. Now it feels good to finally see it on air.

Told over 45 episodes, this story was written by Vinita Khoelo, who is fondly known as VC in our industry. She happens to be among the most sensible writers we have today. There would be times when, I would read certain scenes, and get very emotional. Strong scripts move me greatly. This was one such show. I have somehow never experienced such emotions ever again while working on any other show. The show had two dialogue writers Mahendra and Vibhanshu, who I would call every day and ask them how someone could write so well. This one story, where there are so many emotions involved under one roof and all of them have been portrayed really well. The kind of a person I am, I am moved very fast. This is something that hasn’t changed even to date.

On having asked him, if working with a familiar bunch of actors makes a director’s life easy Ravi is quick to respond, “Whether they are familiar or not, I expect my actors to be good at work and committed to their jobs. Other than what we ask them to do, they need to put in their share of efforts as well. All I need is their involvement in their characters, irrespective of whether I know them or not.”

There was a show called ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki’ that aired a couple of years ago on TV that had nothing to do with what happens in every house in India. There were vamps and scheming people all over the place. Here is an attempt to show you a clean story. You will find people relating to the father, daughter, and the small girl Tia or even Bua Dadi.” 

As humans we always strive to learn as we go on in life and this is one such story that teaches you life’s lessons and gives you messages in a simple, sugar-coated manner laced with humour. It opens your eyes to things around you, your wife, your mother, and your surroundings and gives you an insight into relations and emotions. This show for sure is a welcome change from the many others we get to watch today, that are nothing but half an hour of distraction.

Today we watch so many shows on TV, sometimes, we lose track of what is playing where. Amidst all this, have you ever wondered, what happens to all those shows that are shot for a period of time, are supposed to air somewhere, and then they never see the light of the day? What then happens to the time, the resources, the efforts poured into that particular project? Well, that’s a horror story, told in itself, but we are glad ‘Yeh Tera Ghar-Yeh Mera Ghar’ is finally airing on TV and by the looks of it, people are enjoying watching this show in between their current favourites on the Channel.

We at Rangmunch.TV recommend this show and request you to watch it and give the show the due it deserves!

Niharika Vidya Sagar


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