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Detanee Jethanee (Teevin Rakh Neevin) (1978)

  • Release Date13/04/1979
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatOrwo Colour
  • LanguagePunjabi
  • Run Time118 mins
  • Length3210.38 meters
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-89303- Mumbai
  • Certificate Date03/08/1978
  • Shooting LocationGolden Temple, Amritsar, Tarntaran, New Delhi

This message-bearing film is based on the golden jubilee hit play ‘TeevinRakhNeevin’ and was previously titled as ‘Tera Jawab Nahin’. It is a learning lesson to every erring father-in-law and mother-in-law, while married daughters will heave a sigh of relief in their in-law’s house.  

As a matter of natural rule and obligation, parents of every girl marry their daughter to a boy of similar age, with whom she is supposed to live for the rest of her life. The marriage ceremony brings vast changes and creates relations and homes. In the in-laws’ house, apart from her husband, the bride gets a new brother-in-law and sister-in-law and, above all,a father-in-law and mother-in-law whom she regards as her own father and mother. However, all too often, the parents of the boy start finding fault with the girl’s work and behavior. They point out the same to their son, who in turn abuses and even beats his wife being unaware of the facts. He does so as a matter of respect for his parents and perhaps with the understanding that what his parents say is 100% correct. 

This true story happens in many Punjabi families. The film focuses on a family that is a true follower of Baba Guru Nanak Dev ji and believes in the teachings of Shree Guru Granth Sahib. Rakesh (Dheeraj Kumar) and Sunita (Radha Saluja) are wedded in the traditional Hindu-Sikh way. The marriage ceremony takes place with great pomp and show. After the marriage, friends of Rakesh caution him to keep Sunita under his strict control. The newly wedded couple is fully controlled by Rakesh’s cunning maternal uncle Mama Ji (Om Prakash S.), like his elder brother Girdhar (B. K. Sood) and his wife Lakshmi (Santosh Lata). Mama Ji sees that Rakesh and Sunita are kept apart and makes them quarrel over trivial matters. However, Lakshmi helps Sunita to keep Rakesh under her control. Mama Ji raises the issue of Sunita not bringing enough dowry at the time of marriage. This hurts Sunita and she is always under stress. 

As it happens, Rakesh’s friend and office colleague Kuldeep (Nitesh) is a bachelor and requests Sunita to get him married to her sister Anita (Dimple Vohra). Kuldeep always plays pranks on Sunita and Rakesh to gain favours from them. He is involved in the embezzlement of funds in the office and seeks Rakesh’s help to extricate him from this trouble. However, Rakesh and Sunita frankly tell Kuldeep that they will not be able to help him in his fraudulent activities. Kuldeep gets annoyed and is bent on teaching them a lesson. He instigates Rakesh against Sunita by implanting a false letter detailing infidelity charges. Rakesh comes under the influence of the false propaganda created by Kuldeep. He throws Sunita out of the house by levelling false excuses to keep his uncle happy. Sunita returns to her parents’ house. Rakesh’s elder brother Girdhar is also fed up of the constant interference of Mama Ji. One day he finally ejects his uncle from the house. His uncle realizes his follies and goes on a pilgrimage to different Gurudwaras, seeking penance. Girdhar also leaves the house and starts living in his shop. The entire family is devastated. Meanwhile, Rakesh falls down the stairs and suffers a head injury. Girdhar and his wife Lakshmi nurse Rakesh and they also bring Sunita back home. Girdhar finds his uncle begging outside a Gurudwara and requests him to rejoin the family. Miracles happen and the family is united.