Gharjamai

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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.[1]

In Popular Culture[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Language Movie Actor playing Ghar Jamai Wife Father-in-Law Mother-in-Law
1961 Hindi Sasural Rajendra Kumar Saroja Devi Bipin Gupta Lalita Pawar
1968 Hindi Do Kaliyaan Biswajit Chatterjee Mala Sinha Om Prakash Nigar Sultana
1968 Hindi Neel Kamal Mehmood Shashikala Lalita Pawar
1969 Hindi Paisa Ya Pyaar Biswajit Chatterjee Mala Sinha Ashok Kumar Shashikala
1973 Hindi Phagun Dharmendra Waheeda Rehman Robi Ghosh Raj Rani
1974 Hindi Bidaai Jeetendra Leena Chandavarkar Madan Puri
1976 Hindi Tapasya Asrani Manju Bhatia Om Shivpuri
1982 Hindi Khud-Daar Vinod Mehra Bindiya Goswami Pinchoo Kapoor
1982 Hindi Kaamchor Suresh Oberoi Neeta Mehta Shriram Lagoo
1983 Hindi Rishta Kagaz Ka Sudhir Neeta Mehta Jagdish Raj Urmila Bhatt
1983 Hindi Avtaar Gulshan Grover Rajni Sharma Pinchoo Kapoor
1987 Hindi Pyar Ke Kabil Rishi Kapoor Padmini Kolhapure Utpal Dutt Bindu
1988 Hindi Biwi Ho To Aisi Kader Khan Bindu
1989 Hindi Chandni Anupam Kher Beena Banerjee Manohar Singh Sushma Seth
1990 Hindi Ghar Ho To Aisa Kader Khan Rita Bhaduri Saeed Jaffrey Bindu
1990 Hindi Jamai Raja Anil Kapoor Madhuri Dixit Alok Nath Hema Malini
1992 Hindi Ghar Jamai Mithun Chakraborty Varsha Usgaonkar Vikram Gokhale Rita Bhaduri
1994 Hindi Laadla Anil Kapoor Sridevi Anupam Kher Aruna Irani
1996 Hindi Sautela Bhai Raj Babbar Moon Moon Sen Satyen Kappu
1996 Hindi Namak Preetam Oberoi Sahila Chadha Shammi Kapoor Nirupa Roy
Gulshan Grover Amita Nangia
2000 Hindi Beti No. 1 Prem Chopra Aruna Irani Ram Mohan
2001 Hindi Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love Mohnish Behl Juhi Chawla Amitabh Bachchan Raakhee
2001 Hindi Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Saif Ali Khan Sonali Bendre Dalip Tahil
2001 Hindi Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta Sharad Kapoor Noopur Anupam Kher
2009 Hindi Chal Chala Chal Asrani Amita Nangia Om Puri
Manoj Joshi Upasana Singh
2009 Hindi Ek: The Power of One Jaspal Bhatti Upasana Singh Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Sanjay Mishra Ritu Vij

TV Series[edit]

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 Instant Khichdi
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

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