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Across the Indian subcontinent, the term Gharjamai refers to a resident son-in-law. The term literally means househusband in Indian languages such as Hindi and Gujarati. The term is used across the sub-continent with different pronunciations and synonyms. In Urdu the word Ghardamad is used where Damad is the Urdu word for son-in-law. The pronunciation Gharjawai is also used.
The everyday meaning pertains to any man that gets married and then lives with his wife's family or depends on the wife's family for support. The term carries a social stigma in Indian society, as husband is traditionally considered responsible for running the household and depending on the wife's family for support is held in a negative view. In the West, a Gharjamai is also referred to as a "Chut". In more modern usage, the overall financial position of the son-in-law is considered and taken into account when using this label; if, for example, the son-in-law possesses land or other property, he is not considered a Gharjamai. Varying definitions exist, however.
As Indians emigrate to Occidental countries, the term Gharjamai has in turn been Westernised, and abbreviated to 'GJ' and is used as a light-hearted insult whenever a married man acts as a subordinate to his wife or her parents.
Films and TV serials both with a serious and light hearted view have been made about this phenomenon.
In Popular Culture
|Year||Language||Movie||Actor playing Ghar Jamai||Wife||Father-in-Law||Mother-in-Law|
|1997-98||Hindi||Ghar Jamai||R. Madhavan||Mandira Bedi||Satish Shah||Sadhana Singh|
|1999–2009||Hindi||Yes Boss||Rakesh Bedi||Kavita Kapoor/Sonia Kapoor||Sulbha Arya|
|1995–2006||Hindi||Hum Paanch||Ali Asghar||Vandana Pathak||Ashok Saraf||Sudha Chandran & Shoma Anand|
|2001–04||Hindi||Khichdi||Kamlesh Oza||Ami Trivedi||Anang Desai|
|2005–09||Hindi||Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar||Ashish Kapoor||Aditi Pratap|
|2010–11||Hindi||Baat Hamari Pakki Hai||Vivek Mushran||Mona Ambegaonkar||Sushil Parashar||Himani Shivpuri|
|2012–13||Hindi||Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga||Rakesh Paul||Sonica Handa||Jitendra Trehan||Sudha Chandran/Kamalika Guha Thakurta|
|Praveen Hingoniya||Monaz Mevawala|
|Pankaj Singh Tiwari||Shriya Jha|
|2014–17||Hindi||Jamai Raja||Ravi Dubey||Nia Sharma||K C Shankar||Achint Kaur|
|2015||Hindi||Dil Ki Baatein Dil Hi Jaane||Sailesh Gulabani||Himanshi Choudhary||Pankaj Dheer|