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Abrar Alvi (dialogue)
Bimal Mitra (novel)
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A lowly servant, Bhootnath gets close to the wife of his employer, and narrates her story through his eyes and perspective. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Meena Kumari ... Chhoti Bahu
Guru Dutt ... Atulya Chakraborty 'Bhootnath'
Rehman ... Chhote Sarkar

Waheeda Rehman ... 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 (as Bikram Kapoor)
Mukund Banerjee (as Mukund Bannerji)
Bimla Kumari
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Minoo Mumtaz ... Courtesan

Directed by
Abrar Alvi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Abrar Alvi  dialogue
Bimal Mitra  novel

Produced by
Guru Dutt .... producer
Original Music by
Hemanta Mukherjee  (as Hemant Kumar)
Cinematography by
V.K. Murthy 
Film Editing by
Y.G. Chawhan 
Art Direction by
Biren Nag  (as Biren Naug)
Costume Design by
Bhanu Athaiya  (as Bhanumathi)
Makeup Department
Amin .... wig maker
P. Baburao .... makeup artist (as Baburao)
Jayant .... assistant makeup artist
Dada Paranjpe .... makeup artist
Production Management
H.S. Bhattacharya .... production manager
S. Guruswami .... production in charge (as S. Guruswamy)
A.S. Khan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Samir Chowdhury .... assistant director (as Chaudhuri)
Ghosh .... assistant director
E.G. Shinde .... assistant director
Tabish Sultanpuri .... assistant director (as Tabish)
Sound Department
Abdul Majid .... sound assistant
K.H.K. Rao .... sound assistant
P. Thackersey .... audiographer
Camera and Electrical Department
M.B. Ansari .... assistant head electrician
Balan .... assistant camera
Ishwar Bidri .... assistant camera (as Ishwar)
Harbans Chadha .... additional still photographer
K.G. Prabhakar .... assistant camera (as Prabhakar)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ramlal Maheswari .... costume assistant (as Ramlal)
Editorial Department
S. Chakravarty .... assistant editor (as S. Chakraborty)
E.G. Shinde .... assistant editor
Music Department
Shakeel Badayuni .... lyricist: songs
D.O. Bhansali .... associate song recordist (as D.O. Bansali)
Asha Bhosle .... playback singer (as Asha Bhonsle)
Geeta Dutt .... playback singer
Minoo Katrak .... song recordist
Hemanta Mukherjee .... playback singer (as Hemant Kumar)
Risbert .... assistant music
Other crew
Sudarshan Kumar .... dances
K. Razdan .... publicist
Sohanlal .... dances

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Master, Mistress and Servant" - India (English title) (informal literal title)
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152 min
Aspect Ratio:
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When Guru Dutt's Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam was submitted for the Oscars, the academy wrote a letter to Guru Dutt saying a woman who drinks was not a permissible taboo in their culture.See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The Master, The Mistress & The Servant..., 22 May 2007
Author: Chrysanthepop from Fraggle Rock

Guru Dutt's 'Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam' remains one of the most accomplished pieces of art in Indian cinema. No wonder why it is referred to as Indian cinema at its best. Starting with the technological aspect, I was amazed by the excellent cinematography. The movement of the camera that guides us to the world of the characters, to their minds, to their emotions and to their fate. The way the camera focuses on Choti Bahu's sad eyes or the way it zooms towards Jabba's face while she cheerfully sings, demonstrates the importance of characters' non-verbal language.

Likewise direction is top-notch. Not a moment is wasted on trivial subplots. Everything in the movie seem to fit like a jigsaw puzzle, whether it's the songs, the haunting background score, the sets, the emotions portrayed by the actors, the performances etc.

Performances are first class. We see Guru Dutt as the young (and middle-aged) and naive Bhootnath. He beautifully brings both comedy and intensity to his character communicating mostly with his expressive eyes. His relationship with the tragic Choti Bahu and the simple but headstrong Jabba is superbly portrayed through a wonderful chemistry between the actors. Meena Kumari gives one of her finest performances as the doomed Choti Bahu. Her scenes with Bhootnath and one particular scene with Rehman (just before she drinks alcohol for the first time) is mind blowing. Waheeda Rehman, being one of the finest actresses, brings grace and equally makes her presence felt in a comparably smaller but noteworthy role. Rehman as Chote Babu is brilliant.

'Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam is about love, fear, jealousy, anger, greed, addiction, lust, ignorance, despair, sadness and redemption. Many of the movie is set during the British Raj. We see most of the events through Bhootnath's eyes. He falls for the vivacious and lovely Jabba. However, when he meets Choti Bahu, he's amazed by her beauty and they too develop a loving relationship. We are hinted that he blames himself for Choti Bahu's fate and yet he sees tries to forgive himself.

What was it about alcohol that Choti Bahu got attached to? All she craved for her husband's love but even when he requests her to leave alcohol, she can't. We see her offering herself as a prostitute so that Chote Babu won't leave for the brothel. Did she feel in some way grateful to alcohol that she had her husband back? Was it the alcohol itself? Was it a whole other state of mind that had nothing to do with her surroundings? Whatever it was, it destroyed her.

However, she the one person she always relied on was Bhootnath and whenever he'd appear, she had a smile on her face except that one time when she's about to make that request that would change her life. Bhootnath, the only person she confided in, was the last we see her with.

We also see a jealous Jabba who is afraid that Bhootnath is slipping away. After all, who is this Choti Bahu that seems to intrigue him so much? She hopes that Bhootnath might express his love but fears that the love is for a mysterious Choti Bahu.

In a sentence, I'd say go watch this movie otherwise you would never know what you've missed.

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