A lowly servant, Bhootnath gets close to the wife of his employer, and narrates her story through his eyes and perspective.

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Chhoti Bahu
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Atulya Chakraborty 'Bhootnath'
Rehman ...
Chhote Sarkar
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Jaba
Nasir Hussain ...
Suvinoy Babu (Jaba's father) (as Nazir Husein)
Dhumal ...
Bansi
D.K. Sapru ...
Chaudhary (Majhle Sarkar) (as Sapru)
Harindranath Chattopadhyay ...
Ghari Babu (as Haren Chatopadhyay)
Pratima Devi ...
Badi Bahu
Ranjit Kumari
S.N. Banerjee ...
Tanga Driver without a turban (as S.N. Bannerji)
Krishan Dhawan ...
Master Babu (as Kishen Dhawan)
Jawahar Kaul
Vikram Kapoor ...
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Mukund Banerjee ...
(as Mukund Bannerji)
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A Zamindar neglects his wife and prefers the company of alcohol and dancing girls. The decadence of the Bangali Zamindar milieu and the raising bourgeoisie in the late 19th century, seen through the eyes of a young upward mobile rustic seeking fortune in Calcutta, and fascinated by the lady of the house... Written by Dirk Muysers <dirk.muysers@cginn.cgs.fr>

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"Piya Aiso Jiya Mein" was sampled and remixed for the internationally released album DeXtrA vs Bollywood by DeXtrA. See more »

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Na Jao Saiyan Chudaake Baiyan
Sung by Geeta Dutt
Music composed by Hemanta Mukherjee
Lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni
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A beautifully made movie with excellent period atmosphere
7 September 2002 | by (Hyderabad, India) – See all my reviews

A beautifully made movie of the travails of an aristocratic woman in late 19th century Calcutta neglected by her husband as seen by a sympathetic lower-class acquaintance. The woman is ever the faithful wife, always trying to win the attention of her drunkard & womaniser husband and failing.

Excellent period atmosphere, and superb acting by Meena Kumari. Waheeda Rehman provides the glamour, but her role is superfluous. Abrar Alvi is credited with the direction, but grapevine has it that it was the great Guru Dutt himself who directed the movie. It certainly has the Guru Dutt stamp.

Satyajit Ray's Charulata has a similar theme & is set in the same period, but unfortunately I haven't seen it so can't compare both.


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