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Radha lives with her widowed dad and is of marriageable age. Accordingly her details her provided to a marriage-broker, Avtar, who also doubles as a Ved (Village Doctor). He brings the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharmila Tagore ...
Nirupa Roy ...
Mehmood Jr. ...
Niku (as Jr. Mehmood)
Shashikala ...
Master Suraj
I.S. Johar ...
Premnath (Niku's dad)
Tarun Bose ...
Shivraj ...
Radha's Father
P. Jairaj ...
Rajaram Ramprasad Bahadur (as Jairaj)
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Vedji Avtar (as Sathyan Kumar)
Radhika Rani ...
(as Radhikarani)
Irshad Panjatan
Chandrima Bhaduri ...
Master Ratan ...
(as Master Rattan)


Radha lives with her widowed dad and is of marriageable age. Accordingly her details her provided to a marriage-broker, Avtar, who also doubles as a Ved (Village Doctor). He brings the proposal before Shriram and his wife, Sita. They approve of Radha and show her photograph to Shriram's brother, Dr. Madhu, who agrees to marry her. The marriage is celebrated with great pomp and ceremony in the entire village. It is then that the Shriram, Sita, and Madhu find out that Radha has a serious illness - a fact that was known to Avtar - but not communicated to them. This illness prevents her from being intimate with Madhu, and the only cure is when she has a child of her own. Will this marriage be annulled? Written by rAjOo (

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Drama | Family





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22 May 1971 (India)  »

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Ghar Ko Mat Gudam Banada
Music by Kalyanji Veerji Shah & Anandji Veerji Shah
Lyrics by Indivar, Kaifi Azmi, 'Uddhav Kumar'
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Mischief in a joint family - are there any happy outcomes?
5 May 2014 | by (New Zealand / India) – See all my reviews

Madhu and his sister Paro are orphaned young and brought up by his elder half-brother (Amrit) and sister-in-law (Seeta). Madhu becomes a doctor and establishes practice in the village where he grew up. Continuing to discharge their responsibility as surrogate parent, Amrit and Seeta arrange for his wedding with Radha, heir of wealthy parents.

After the wedding they discover that Radha has epilepsy, which fact was hidden during the marriage. This causes a rift, which is soon patched up.

Chhoti Bahu is a story of lies, deceit, envy, beauty, sacrifice and a sense of community within a joint family environment where three couples live under the same roof, in rural India.

The story-line is good, the acting is moderately good, though not award winning. Editing and photography is good and I would certainly recommend this movie on a rainy afternoon if you wish to reconnect with or find out more about a joint family.

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