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Naive, milk-drinker, childlike Chhote Nawab, born on February 29th, lives a wealthy lifestyle in the Bombay-based Nawab family consisting of his widowed dad; sister, Mehnuma and her husband... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ameeta ...
Roshan N. Hussain
Mehmood ...
Chhote Nawab
Johnny Walker ...
Captain Kanchan
Minoo Mumtaz ...
Helen ...
Nasir Hussain ...
Nawab Nazir Hussain
Achala Sachdev ...
Nazir Hussain's wife
Kumar ...
Baij Sharma
S.N. Banerjee ...
Munshi Gyanchand
Anwar Hussain ...
Raj Kishore ...
Fake Doctor
Raj Dutt
A.R. Bengali


Naive, milk-drinker, childlike Chhote Nawab, born on February 29th, lives a wealthy lifestyle in the Bombay-based Nawab family consisting of his widowed dad; sister, Mehnuma and her husband, Safdar. His father has borrowed money from Bhagwanti Lala through Safdar's prompting and is heavily in debt. When Bhagwanti gets a Court Order, the Nawab has a stroke and passes away, leaving Chhote at the hands of a merciless Safdar who beats, abuses, and drives him out. Unable to find work with the mind of a 5-year old, he is taken in by his dad's friend, Nawab Nazir Hussain from Calcutta, who had arranged his marriage with his daughter, Roshan, much to the chagrin of his wife. Upon arrival in Calcutta, Chhote is looked after by Nazir and Roshan, who educate him, and in about a year Chhote matures considerably, behaves according to his age, and romances Roshan. Then things change dramatically when Chhote starts making money through his race-horse, Roshni, substitutes milk with alcohol, starts ... Written by rAjOo (

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Matwali ankhonwaley, oh albeley dilwaley, dil tera ho rahega, gar tu isse apnaley
Sung by Shamshad Begum, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics by Shailendra
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
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The beginning of R.D. Burman's genius!
24 May 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

For me, as for most of Rahul Dev Burman's fans, "Chote Nawab" is notable for the fact that it marked the arrival of RD into the Indian film industry as an independent composer. Prior to this, Pancham (as he is known to fans and friends alike) was an assistant to his illustrious father, S.D. Burman and was responsible for a lot of the sparkling orchestration and tuning that we saw in Dada Burman's movies.

If the brilliant but whimsical Guru Dutt had stuck to his promise, a movie called "Raaz" would have been RD's first movie. Pancham even composed a few songs for this movie, but Dutt shelved the movie. Hearing this, Pancham's good friend, Mehmood approached him with "Chote Nawab".

The movie maybe nothing much to write about – a man falling in love with a courtesan – but what a brilliant debut by R.D. Burman! Each song is a sparkler, right from the first song he recorded for this movie – the haunting and soulful, "Ghar aaja ghir aaye", to the peppy "Matwali aankhon waale", or the full of life "Aaj hua mera dil matwala", it is RD's movie all the way, and my vote for the movie is only for his super music.

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