Bhabhi (1957 film)

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This article is about the 1957 Hindi film. For the 1991 Hindi film, see Bhabhi (1991 film).
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Directed by Krishnan-Panju
Produced by A. V. Meiyappan
Written by Prabhavathi Devi Saraswathi
Starring Balraj Sahni
Pandari Bai
Om Prakash
Durga Khote
Music by Chitragupta
Rajendra Krishan (Lyrics)
Release date
Running time
2 hr 48 min
Country India
Language Hindi/Urdu
Box office Rs. 1,15,00,000 [1]

Bhabhi is a 1957 Hindi film directed by Krishnan-Panju for AVM Productions. The namesake of an earlier film directed by Franz Osten in 1938, the film stars Balraj Sahni, South Indian actress Pandari Bai, Nanda in pivotal roles.

The film went on to become the eighth highest grossing Bollywood film of the year [1] The film was a remake of Tamil film Kuladeivam which itself was a remake of Bengali film Banga Kora which in turn was based on the novel of same name by Prabhavathi Devi Saraswathi. Kula Dheivam was later remade in Kannada as Jenu Goodu. Pandari Bai reprised her role in all versions except Bengali.


Although a graduate in Arts, Shanta agrees to get married to a much lesser educated widowed businessman, Ratanlal, who has a son, Mithu, from his first marriage, and re-locates to live with him, his brothers; Ramesh, Rajan, & Baldev, and an aunt. Ratanlal permits her to let her child-widowed sister, Lata, to also live with them. Shanta soon earns the respect and love of everyone in the family. Ramesh gets married to Advocate Motilal's daughter, Tara, while Rajan gets married to Mangala, who is Munshiram's daughter. 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 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 again during their respective lifetimes?



No. Title Lyrics Music Playback Length
1. "Aaj to aanand bhaye krishna aaye paahuna"     Renuka Devi  
2. "Arre bahut dinon ki baat hai" Rajendar Krishan Chitragupta S. Balbir, Manna Dey, Mohammed Rafi  
3. "Ban titali ban titali main" J. S. Kashyap Saraswati Devi    
4. "Chal ud jaa re panchhi" Rajendar Krishan Chitragupta Mohammed Rafi  
5. "Chali chali re meri patang chali re" Rajendar Krishan Chitragupta Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar  
6. "Chhupaakar meri aankhon ko" Rajendar Krishan Chitragupta Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar  
7. "Chhupaakar meri aankhon mein" Rajendar Krishan Chitragupta    
8. "Ghat aaye saajan laut aaye"     Renuka Devi  

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b Box Office India. "Top Earners 1957". Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 

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