Chitralekha (1941 film)

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Directed by Kidar Sharma
Based on Chitralekha
by Bhagwati Charan Verma
Starring Mehtab
A. S. Gyani
Music by Ustad Jhande Khan
Cinematography G. K. Mehta
Release date
Country India
Language Hindi

Chitralekha is a 1941 Indian Bollywood film, directed by Kidar Sharma and based on the 1934 Hindi novel of the same name by Bhagwati Charan Verma. Its music is by noted classical musician Ustad Jhande Khan, giving popular songs like "Sun sun Neelkamal Muskaye," "Saiyyan Saware Bhaye Baware," and "Tum Jao Bde Bhagwan Bane, Insaan Bano."[1]

It was the second-highest grossing Indian film of 1941.[2] Khan used classical Ragas like Bhairavi and Asavari to the score, making it influential for classical based Hindi film songs.[3] This was the debut of actor Bharat Bhushan, who later achieved fame with Bhaiju Bawra (1952).[4] Sharma cast Mehtab as he felt she was "perfect" for the role of Chitralekha. Mehtab achieved both fame and notoriety with the famous bathing scene in the film.[5]

It was remade by Sharma in 1964, also titled Chitralekha, starring Meena Kumari and Ashok Kumar.[6]


  • Miss Mehtab as Chitralekha
  • Nandrekar as Samant Bijgupt
  • A.S. Gyani as Kumargiri
  • Rajendra
  • Monica Desai as Yashodhara
  • Ram Dulari
  • Leela Mishra
  • Ganpatrai Premi as Mrityunjay
  • Bharat Bhushan


  1. ^ Gulzar, p. 282
  2. ^ "Top Earners 1941". Box Office India. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  3. ^ , p. 270
  4. ^ Gulzar, p. 533
  5. ^ Kidar Sharma (2002). The one and lonely Kidar Sharma, (an anecdotal autobiography). Bluejay Books. p. 178. ISBN 978-81-87075-96-7. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Chitralekha on IMDb

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