Yahudi Ki Ladki

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Yahudi Ki Ladki[1] (The Jew's Daughter) is a historical Urdu play by Agha Hashar Kashmiri, on the theme of persecution of Jews by the Romans.[2] It was first published in 1913. The play became his best known work, and a classic in Parsi-Urdu theatre.[3][4]

The play was originally inspired by and adapted from W.T. Moncrieff's 19th century play, The Jewess, and uses a mixture of Urdu, khari boli and even braj bhasha at places.[5]


The play was adapted several times, in the silent films , the early talkies era and later, attesting to its popularity.[3] Notably the play was made into a film Yahudi Ki Ladki (1933) by New Theatres Ltd. Calcutta, directed by Premankur Atorthy and starring K. L. Saigal.[6]It was made into a film again in 1957 [7] and in 1958, it was adapted again by noted director, Bimal Roy, as Yahudi starring Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari and Sohrab Modi.[4] A 50th anniversary version was also adapted in 1963.[citation needed]

In 1981, theater director Nadira Babbar, started her theater group Ekjute (Together), with the production of Yahudi Ki Ladki, which revived the Parsi theatre style, and is considered one of its finest.[8]


  1. ^ Agha Hashr Kashmiri. Yahudi Ki Ladki. Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 978-81-267-0252-7. 
  2. ^ Rinki Roy Bhattacharya (2009). Bimal Roy: The Man who spoke in pictures. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 297–. ISBN 978-81-8475-818-4. 
  3. ^ a b Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Taylor & Francis. p. 1994. ISBN 978-1-135-94325-7. 
  4. ^ a b Meghnad Desai (2013). PAKEEZAH. HarperCollins Publishers India. pp. 44–. ISBN 978-93-5116-023-6. 
  5. ^ Anil Zankar (2013). MUGHAL-E-AZAM. HarperCollins Publishers India. pp. 33–. ISBN 978-93-5029-764-3. 
  6. ^ Rajadhyaksha, Willemen, Ashish, Paul (2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema (2 Revised. ed.). Routledge. ISBN 9781135943257. 
  7. ^ With direction by SD Nairang, starring Pradeep Kumar and Madhubala, music by Hemant Kumar and script/screenplay by late Hakim Ahmad Shuja. See Yahudi_Ki_Ladki_(1957_film)
  8. ^ "Indian theatre at the crossroads". The Tribune. 25 June 2000. Retrieved 2014-08-27.