Bhabhi is a 1957 Hindi film directed by Krishnan–Panju for AVM Productions. It starred Balraj Sahni, Pandari Bai and Nanda in pivotal roles.

Directed byKrishnan–Panju
Written byRajendra Krishan
Produced byA. V. Meiyappan
StarringBalraj Sahni
Pandari Bai
Om Prakash
Durga Khote
CinematographyS. Maruti Rao
Edited byS. Panjabi
Music byChitragupta
Distributed byAVM Productions
Release date
  • 1957 (1957)
Running time
168 minutes
Box officeRs. 1,15,00,000 [1]

The film went on to become the eighth highest grossing Bollywood film of the year.[1] The film was a remake of the 1954 Bengali film Bhanga Gara,[2] which in turn was based on the novel Bijila by Prabhavathi Devi Saraswathi. The Bengali movie was earlier remade in Tamil as Kula Daivam, in Telugu also as Kula Daivam, and later remade in Kannada as Jenu Goodu. Pandari Bai reprised her role in all versions except Bengali.

Summary edit

Although a graduate in Arts, Shanta (Pandari Bai) agrees to marry a less educated widowed businessman Ratanlal (Balraj Sahni), shortly called Ratan, who has a son Mithu (Daisy Irani), from his first marriage and re-locates to live with him, his three brothers; Ramesh (Jawahar Kaul), Rajan (Raja Gosavi) and Baldev (Jagdeep) and his aunty (Durga Khote). Ratanlal permits Shanta to let her child-widowed sister, Lata (Nanda), to also live with them. Shanta soon earns the respect and love of everyone in the family. Ramesh marries Tara (Shyama), the daughter of Advocate Motilal (Bipin Gupta), while Rajan marries Mangala (Nalini Chonkar), the daughter of Munshiram (Shivraj). After these marriages, misunderstandings crop up, generally generated by Mangala, so much so that Tara joins forces with her, forcing the brothers to separate from each other, with Ratanlal dividing the property and business equally amongst them, and re-locating in a small village house, while Ramesh now lives with Tara and her brother, Jeevan (Anwar Hussain) and his wife. Rajan does not get along with Mangala, takes to alcohol in a big way, stops his medical studies and joins the army and Baldev re-locates to Bombay. The question remains: will this troubled family ever be re-united during their respective lifetimes?

Cast edit

Soundtrack edit

Lyrics written by Rajendra Krishan.

Song Singer
"Ja Re Jadugar" Lata Mangeshkar
"Kare Kare Badra Ja Re" Lata Mangeshkar
"Tie Lagake Mana Ban Gaye" Lata Mangeshkar
"Chali Chali Re Patang Meri Chali Re" Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi
"Chhupakar Meri Aankhon Ko Woh Poochhe" Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi
"Hai Bahut Dinon Ki Baat, Tha Ek Majnu Aur Ek Laila" S. Balbir, Manna Dey, Mohammed Rafi
"Chal Ud Ja Re Panchhi" Mohammed Rafi
"Jawan Ho Ya Budhiya" Mohammed Rafi

Awards and nominations edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1958 Nanda Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated

References edit

  1. ^ a b Box Office India. "Top Earners 1957". Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Tamil cinema's bong connection". 23 April 2018.

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