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Writers:
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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Cast

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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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Runtime:
152 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Soundtrack:
Saakhiya Aaj Mujhe Neend Nahin AayegiSee more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Bibi Aur Ghulam, 14 August 2010
Author: Peter Young from Earth

For years, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam has been known as an inalienable asset in the history of the Hindi film industry, and not without a reason. The movie fully deserves to be called a timeless classic and its story is relevant and fascinating even today, almost half a century after its release. It is an artistic and intriguing presentation of the nature of passion and desire. Guru Dutt was a master of his craft. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is excellent in story, writing, execution and acting. The music is sublime, the sets are fantastic, and the movie exemplifies what true cinematographic excellence of those times was. It is shot beautifully, with a background score that enlightens the film's melancholic mood. The film is quiet, focused and balanced, and has a very subtle feel to it thanks to all these aspects. Abrar Alvi's direction is superb - he captures the atmosphere of those times with great skill, his script is marvelous, and many of his rich dialogues remain memorable even today and are often cited by lovers of Hindi cinema.

All said and done, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam wouldn't have been what it is if not for the transcendent performance of the divine Meena Kumari. Her mesmerising beauty, grace and screen presence cannot be described in words, but to put it simply, when she was on-screen, no one else existed. Her portrayal of the tormented and deeply frustrated Chhoti Bahu is both heartfelt and artistic. Chhoti Bahu's desire to get her estranged husband's affection and become a mother and her attempts to please him by taking to alcohol only to become a fervent alcoholic herself and remain the same neglected wife, are all aptly displayed. Kumari plays the role with great mastery; her appearances in songs, like "Piya Aiso Jiya Mein" in which she dresses for her husband and particularly the seductive "Na Jao Saiyan..." are astonishing; her big, expressive and often tearful eyes, her brilliant dialogue delivery, her emotional outbursts, her breaks into anguished and sarcasm laden laughs, and ultimately her nostalgic monologue towards the end, are unforgettable.

While Kumari dominates the show utterly, one must not forget the great job done by the rest of the cast members. Guru Dutt, playing the role of the innocent Bhootnath, who later becomes Chooti Bahu's confidant and close friend, acted like only an actor acting in his own film could. Rumour had it that he was actually the one who directed the movie, simply because the movie is identified with his own style of filmmaking. This rumour was disproved by people associated with the film, but Guru Dutt, the actor, still played his role exceedingly well probably due to his involvement with the film as its producer. My most favourite scenes of his are those in which we see Bhootnath as a middle-aged architect. There is a kind of yearning and sadness in his eyes which is real and easy to relate to. Waheeda Rehman played Jaba wonderfully and her character's transformation from an arrogant and careless young lady into a suffering and loving woman was natural and convincing. Rehman, as Chhote Sarkar was restrained and effective.

As mentioned, Hemant Kumar's music for the film is great. Shakeel Badayuni wrote fantastic lyrics for the songs, and so every song has a story of its own and comes at the right places fitting the situations. Every song is very much a part of the narration and contributes to the story. Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhosle were the voices of the ladies, and did a great job. Among my favourite scenes in the movie is the one right after the "Na Jao Saiyan..." number in which Chhoti Bahu bursts out at her husband after he criticises her of becoming mad as a result of her heavy drinking, while she turns on him to reproach him for being the only reason because of which she sacrificed her basic values and all just to please him. A frequent quote in the film, that of Chhoti Bahu asserting that she is not like other landowners' wives, being much more devoted and caring, is very memorable, particularly because it's well delivered by the lady. All in all, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is a gem of Hindi films. It is an all-time great movie, and much of it because it has an all-time great performance by Meena Kumari.

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