Saheb Bibi Golam

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Saheb Bibi Golam (King, Queen and Knave)
Author Bimal Mitra
Country India
Language Bengali
Genre Novel
Media type Print (Hardback)

Saheb Bibi Golam is a Bengali novel written by Bimal Mitra (1912–1991) and is set in Calcutta, India during the last years of the nineteenth century.

The novels tells the story of the sumptuous lifestyle and the decay of a feudal family. It is the story of Pateshwari aka Chhoto Bou, a woman who wants to experience romance, to be a real wife, to invent for herself and live a new kind of conjugality. But the book also tells the story of Calcutta, now Kolkata, and of all the people who lived there.


The novel was adapted into Bengali film, Saheb Bibi Golam (Film) (King, Queen, Knave) in 1956, starring Kanu Banerjee, Chhabi Biswas and Uttam Kumar with Sumitra Devi (Actress) playing the wife.[1] A Hindi version, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam released in 1962 starring Meena Kumari, Rehman and Guru Dutt among others, went on to become a huge hit.[2]


The title Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is translated in English as King, Queen and Knave. The literal meaning comes from playing cards.


  1. ^ Saheb Bibi Golam at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam 1962". The Hindu. Aug 30, 2008.