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Director:
Writers:
Abrar Alvi (dialogue)
Bimal Mitra (novel)
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Plot:
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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Awards:
4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
India's greatest indeed See more (13 total) »

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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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:
Piya Aiso Jiya Mein Samaaye Gayo ReSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
India's greatest indeed, 3 July 2003
Author: Jiten S. Merchant (jm@vsnl.net) from Bombay (Mumbai) India

I couldnt agree more with those who describe SB&G as the greatest classic in Indian cinema, followed by "Sholay". While the latter is the quintessential Bollywood blockbuster, SB&G is a mainstream film of another kind --- expertly-crafted, aesthetically breathtaking and profoundly disturbing. Its also a film WAY ahead of its time (was a `flop' at the box-office!) and caused much controversy when it was premiered. It is based on a great Bengali novel, one that exposed the hypocrisy and decadence prevalent in the Zamindari (landed gentry). The film ran into terrible problems with our puritanical censors, because of its sometimes unabashed references to alcoholism and sex. Nominally directed by Abrar Alvi (they say Guru Dutt shadow-directed it....and it shows!) and luminously photographed in B/W, the film has immaculate attention to detail in EVERY respect, starting from the trenchant plot-line and script. Of course there are compromises made to accomodate market-needs, such as a couple of superfluous songs; and some farcical comedy. But if ever there was a case for releasing a "director's cut", lovingly restored, its here. God knows what the censor's scissors threw away. Meena Kumari's performance is the finest given by an actress in Indian cinema....and I will go on to say that its the finest performance given by an actress that I have EVER seen (a close second is Meryl Streep in "Sophie's Choice"). Meena Kumari acts with her FEET --- thats the first we see of her, with her dialogue spoken as a voice-over; then a cut to her incredible face, the eyes betraying a glitter of obsessive-compulsion that is the character's core. Its a performance that stirs you like few will, courageous and uninhibited, honest and intense. Its centre-piece is of course the drunken tirade against her husband, accusing him of impotence. In this, as indeed in every scene, she goes beyond acting into a realm that exists only in the gut. Another great Indian film that is not available on DVD, at least not in our own country. When will we learn to honour our best?

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