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Haqeeqat (Songs) -1964

Directed by ------ Chetan Anand
Written by -------- Chetan Anand
Starring ----------- Balraj Sahni
                Priya Rajvansh
                Sanjay Khan
                Vijay Anand
Music by -------- Madan Mohan
Lyrics by -------- Kaifi Azmi (lyrics)
Cinematography -- Sadanand
Editing by ---------- M. D. Jadhav Rao
Distributed by ----- Himalaya Films
Release ------------ 1964

Aayi Abke Saal Diwali - Lata
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan - Mohd. Rafi
Hoke Majboor Mujhe - Mohd. Rafi, Bhupinder & Talat
Khelo Na Mere Dil Se - Lata
Main Yeh Sochkar - Mohd.Rafi
Masti Mein Chhed Ke - Mohd. Rafi
Zara Si Aahat Hoti Hai - Lata

Shaheed (Songs) -1965

Directed by --------- S. Ram Sharma
Produced by ------- Kewal Kashyap
Written by ----------- B. K. Dutt
                  Din Dayal Sharma (dialogue, screenplay)
Starring -------------- Manoj Kumar, Kamini Kaushal
                  Prem Chopra, Pran
Music by ------------ Prem Dhawan
Lyrics by ------------ Prem Dhawan
Cinematography --- Ranjod Thakur
Editing by ----------- B. S. Glaad, Vishnu Kumar Singh
Release date ------- 1965

Aye Watan - Mohd. Rafi
Rang De Basanti Chola - Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Rajender
Pagri Sambhal Jatta - Mohd. Rafi
Jogi Tere Pyar Mein - Lata Mangeskhar
Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna - Mohd. Rafi, Manna Dey & Rajendar

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Waheeda Rehman

Waheeda  Rehman

Waheeda Rehman  is one of the most prominent actresses of the golden era.She is known for many successful and critically acclaimed movies from 1950's, 60's and early 70's most notably C.I.D. (1956) and Guru Dutt classics such as Pyaasa (1957), 12 O'Clock (1958), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. Her other notable works inculde Solva Saal (1958), Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962), Kohra (1964), Guide (1965), Teesri Kasam (1966), Aadmi and Khamoshi (1969).

Early life
Waheeda Rehman was born on 14 May 1936 into a traditional Muslim family in Chingleput, Madras Presidency, India. She and her sister learnt Bharatnatyam at Mumbai's Sri Rajarajeswari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, where Guru T. K. Mahalingam Pillai, doyen among nattuvanars taught and performed on stage together. Her father, who was a District Commissioner, died while she was still in her teens.

Many people believe that Waheeda Rehman was born in Hyderabad. “It’s a long story,” she says, “When I was in Chennai, I did three to four Tamil and Telugu movies. In the first one, Kaalam Maari Pochu along with Gemini Ganesan a bilingual film which was made in Tamil and Telugu as Rojulu Maraayi, I did only a folk dance number in both Tamil and Telugu versions. However, it went on to become a hit! I was in Hyderabad celebrating its success and Guru Dutt happened to be there. He was on a lookout for new faces and heard that I could speak in Urdu. It is because he spotted me in Hyderabad that people assume I was born there.”

Her dream was to become a doctor but, due to circumstances and illness, she abandoned this goal. Instead helped by her supportive parents, she hit the silver screen with Telugu films Jayasimha (1955), followed by Rojulu Marayi (1955) and Tamil film Kaalam Maari Pochu (1956). It is in Vijaya-Suresh combines Ram aur Shyam (Remake of Telugu movie Ramudu Bheemudu) in 1967 that Waheeda acted again under the direction of the topnotch Telugu director Tapi Chanakya who incidentally directed her movies Rojulu Maaraayi in Telugu (1955) and Kaalam Maaripochu in Tamil(1956).


Waheeda Rehman and Gurudutt

Waheeda Rehman, started her career in films in 1954 and her first successful films were the Telugu films Jayasimha (1955), followed by Rojulu Marayi (1955) and Tamil film Kaalam Maari Pochu (1956).

Waheeda Rehman was discovered by Guru Dutt, after seeing her acting in Rojulu Maaraayi and was brought to Bombay (now Mumbai) and cast as a vamp in his production C.I.D. (1956), directed by Raj Khosla. A few years after joining the Hindi film industry, she lost her mother. After the success of C.I.D., Dutt gave her a leading role in Pyaasa (1957). Their next venture together, Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), depicted the story of a successful director's decline after he falls for his leading lady. Dutt's existing marriage and her film successes with other directors caused them to drift apart personally and professionally, although they continued to work together into the 1960s Chaudhvin Ka Chand. She completed Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) under some strain. They broke away from each other after the film's indifferent reception at the Berlin Film Festival in 1963. Soon afterward, Guru Dutt died on 10 October 1964 in Mumbai reportedly from an overdose of sleeping pills and alcohol.

Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand

Waheeda Rehman established a great working relationship with Dev Anand and together as a pair had number of successful films to their credit. The box office hits of the pair include C.I.D. (1956), Solva Saal (1958), Kala Bazar (1960), Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962) and Guide (1965) and box office duds were Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja(1961) and Prem Pujari (1970). She reached in her peak with Guide (1965) and was much in demand.

Waheeda Rehman was cast as "Gulabi" in Satyajit Ray's Bengali film Abhijan in 1962. She was offered lead actress's role in films even opposite actors junior to her by experience like Dharmendra but they flopped. But she continued to taste success in the late sixties when she was paired with well established stars. She delivered hits opposite Dilip Kumar like Ram Aur Shyam, Aadmi and some box office duds with Rajendra Kumar and this helped her continue to get lead roles in early seventies. Her career's biggest hit Khamoshi came in 1970, opposite Rajesh Khanna.

Her career continued throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her roles in Guide (1965), where she hit the peak of her career and Neel Kamal (1968), but despite excellent offbeat roles in subsequent films, including a National Award winning performance in Reshma Aur Shera (1971), some of the films failed at the box office. Seeing her films being successful, Waheeda decided to experiment with roles, at this stage of career. She accepted Reshma Aur Shera, opposite her old co-star Sunil Dutt, with whom she had previously in sixties had hits like Ek Phool Char Kaante, Mujhe Jeene Do, Meri Bhabhi and Darpan. Her performance was appreciated by critics but the film failed at the box office. But Waheeda continued to experiment with roles and accepted the offer to play a mother to Dharmendra in Phagun(1973). This she regards the mistake of her career as after this film flopped, suddenly people started offering her motherly roles to heroes.

From the mid seventies, Waheeda's career as lead heroine ended and her career as character actor began. At around this time, Kamaljit who starred opposite her in Shagun (1964) proposed and then got married in 1974. After her appearance in Lamhe (1991) she retired from the film industry for 12 years.
In her new innings from seventies her successful films, where she played pivotal roles include, Kabhi Kabhie (1976),Trishul (1978), Jwalamukhi(1980), Namkeen and Namak Halaal (1982),Mashaal (1984), Chandni(1989), Rang De Basanti(2006).

In recent years she made a comeback playing elderly mother and grandmother roles in Om Jai Jagadish (2002), Water (2005) and Rang De Basanti (2006) and Delhi 6 (2009) which were all critically acclaimed.

In October 2004, a Waheeda Rehman film retrospective was held at the Seattle Art Museum and the University of Washington where Waheeda participated in spirited panel and audience discussions on her most memorable films—Pyaasa, Teesri Kasam and Guide—although her most successful film is still considered to be Khamoshi, with costar Rajesh Khanna.

Personal life
After her marriage with Shashi Rekhi (screen name Kamaljeet) on 27 April 1974, she shifted to a farmhouse in Bangalore. She bore two children named Sohail and Kashvi, who are both writers. On 21 November 2000, her husband died following a prolonged illness. She moved back to her ocean view bungalow in Bandra, Bombay where she lives currently.


Year         Film                                                                                               

1955 Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum           
1955 Jayasimha                                               
1955 Rojulu Marayi                                       
1956 Kaalam Maari Pochu                                                                           
1956 C.I.D.                                                      
1957 Pyaasa                                                     
1958 12 O'Clock                                              
1958 Solva Saal                                               
1959 Kaagaz Ke Phool                                      
1960 Kala Bazar 
1960 Ek Phool Char Kaante
1960 Chaudhvin Ka Chand
1960 Girl Friend 
1961 Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja 
1962 Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam 
1962 Bees Saal Baad
1962 Baat Ek Raat Ki 
1962 Rakhi 
1962 Abhijan
1963 Mujhe Jeene Do 
1963 Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya 
1963 Ek Dil Sao Afsane
1964 Kohra 
1964 Shagoon  
1964 Majboor 
1965 Guide 
1966 Teesri Kasam 
1966 Dil Diya Dard Liya 
1967 Patthar Ke Sanam 
1967 Ram Aur Shyam 
1967 Palki
1967 Ghar Ka Chirag 
1968 Neel Kamal 
1968 Aadmi 
1968 Baazi 
1969 Khamoshi
1969 Shatranj
1969 Meri Bhabhi
1970 Prem Pujari 
1970 Man Ki Aankhen
1970 Dharti 
1970 Darpan
1971 Man Mandir
1971 Reshma Aur Shera
1972 Zindagi Zindagi
1972 Trisandhya 
1972 Subha-O-Sham 
1972 Dil Ka Raaja 
1973 Phagun 
1973 Justice  
1974 Bangaru Kalalu 
1976 Aadalat 
1976 Kabhi Kabhie 
1978 Trishul 
1979 Aaj Ki Dhara  
1980 Jyoti Bane Jwala
1980 Jwalamukhi
1982 Sawaal
1982 Namak Halaal
1982 Namkeen
1982 Dharam Kanta
1983 Himmatwala 
1983 Mahaan 
1983 Coolie 
1983 Pyaasi Aankhen  
1983 Ghungroo 
1984 Sunny 
1984 Mashaal 
1984 Maqsad 
1985 Bayen Hath Ka Khel  
1986 Singhasan 
1986 Allah-Rakha 
1989 Chandni 
1991 Lamhe 
1991 Swayam 
1994 Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzilen 
2002 Om Jai Jagadish 
2005 Water 
2005 Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara
2005 15 Park Avenue 
2006 Rang De Basanti
2006 Chukkallo Chandrudu
2009 Delhi 6


** National Film Award for Best Actress for Reshma Aur Shera in 1971.
** Filmfare Best Actress Award for Guide in 1966
** Filmfare Best Actress Award for Neel Kamal in 1968
** Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, Best Actress (Hindi) for      Teesri Kasam in 1967.
** Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994
** NTR National Award for 2006.
** Padma Shri in 1972.
** Padma Bhushan in 2011.


* Filmfare Nomination as Best Support.Actress — Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam    (1962)
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Actress — Ram Aur Shyam (1967)
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Actress — Khamoshi (1970)
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actress — Kabhi Kabhie (1976)
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actress — Namkeen (1982)
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actress — Lamhe (1991)


Three Memorable Movies Of Waheeda Rehman

(1) KHAMOSHI (1969)

Khamoshi is a 1969 black-and-white Hindi film directed by Asit Sen, starring Rajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rehman. It especially remembered for its songs with music by Hemant Kumar and some haunting lyrics by Gulzar, who also wrote films equally effective dialogues. Though what really made this film stand out was the B &W cinematography by Kamal Bose, who won the Filmfare Award for its work. The film is considered Waheeda Rehman's finest acting feat, as she carries the entire film through her powerful yet understated acting, she received a Filmfare nomination for it.

* Directed by ---- Asit Sen
* Produced by ---- Geetanjali Films
* Written by ----- Gulzar (dialogue)
* Story by ------- Ashutosh Mukherjee
* Based on -------'Nurse Mitra', a story by Ashutosh Mukherjee
* Music by ------- Hemant Kumar
* Lyrics by------- Gulzar
* Cinematography-- Kamal Bose
* Release Date---- 1969
* Country -------- India
* Language ------- Hindi

Star Cast

* Rajesh Khanna --- Arun Choudhury (Patient No.24)
* Waheeda Rehman -- Nurse Radha
* Dharmendra ------ Mr. Dev (Former Patient No.24) (Guest Appearance)
* Nazir Hussain --- Dr. Colonel Saab
* Snehlata -------- Sulekha (Arun's lfriend)
* Iftekhar -------- Doctor
* Lalita Pawar ---- Matron
* Deven Verma ----- Patient No.22
* Anwar Hussain---- Biharilal Gupta


Colonel Sahab is a doctor in a psychiatry ward and Nurse Radha (Waheeda Rahman) is heart-broken after a civilian patient, Dev Kumar (Dharmendra), whom she cared for, pouring out her love and affection, leaves the hospital, as she had been unable to keep her heart separate from her professional work and had fallen in love with her patient.

Next Arun Choudury (Rajesh Khanna), a writer and poet enters as a patient, suffering acute mania after being rejected by his lover, Sulekha. After refusing to take his care, Radha relents and starts nursing him.

In between while caring for Arun she reminisces her past and tells a story of how she took care of injured brave army soldiers when she was posted in Laddakh during the Sino-Indian war of 1962.

Gradually Arun gets cured by the love of Nurse Radha, who yet again falls hopelessly in love with her patient.

Unable to hide from the truth yet unable to face it, Radha herself goes insane and is admitted to the same clinic.

Arun, the hopeless Romeo, promises to wait for her until she is normal once again.

** Music
* The music was composed by Hemant Kumar
* The lyrics were written by Gulzar

             Songs -----------------------------------------Singers

* Tum pukar lo.. tumhaara intezaar hai ------------Hemant Kumar
* Woh Shaam Kuch ajeeb thi..  -------------------- Kishore Kumar
* Humne dekhee hai un aankhon ki mehekti ----- Suman Kalyanpur
* Aaj Ki Raat Charagon ----------------------------- Aarti Mukherjee
* Dost Kahan Koi Tumsa:--------------------------- Manna Dey

Awards and nominations

* Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award (B&W film category): Kamal Bose
* Filmfare Nomination for Best Actress: Waheeda Rehman

Interesting Facts
* The film was shot in Calcutta. The film is based on story titled, 'Nurse Mitra' by noted Bengali writer, Ashutosh Mukherjee, director Asit Sen had earlier filmed the story for the Bengali film Deep Jwele Jaai (1959) starring Suchitra Sen.

*  Its ' Humne dekhee hai un aankhon ki mehekti khushbu' is sung by Suman Kalyanpur (NOT Lata Mangeshkar as  many mistakenly believe)

* A Hollywood remake of the film, Silence, has been planned. It will be directed by Sanjay Patel and is rumoured to star Jennifer Aniston in the lead role.

* Director Asit Sen was different from the actor-comedian Asit Sen. Director Asit Sen acted in the original Bengali film Deep Jwélé Jaai (1959) in a role, which was essayed by Dharmendra in Khamoshi, where the movie-goers actually could not recognise him because it was a dark scene marked with the baritone voice of Hemant Kumar. Later he revealed himself in an interview in the 1990s.

* Dharmendra was in a guest appearance. His face is not shown in entire film. Only his back is seen in the film.



Chaudhvin Ka Chand is a 1960 Hindi feature film directed by Mohammed Sadiq. A production of Guru Dutt, the film centers on a love triangle between Guru Dutt, Rehman and Waheeda Rehman, and features music by Ravi.  After a disastrous box-office performance of Kaagaz Ke Phool, this was a highly commercially successful and comeback movie for Guru Dutt. The movie saved Guru Dutt's home production studio from ruins. Some of the songs have been immortalized by beautiful lyrics, music and cinematography and are as popular today as they were in the days this movie was released.

* Presented by --------Guru Dutt Films Pvt. Ltd.
* Directed by --------- Mohammed Sadiq
* Produced by ------- Guru Dutt
* Written by  ---------- Saghir Usmani
* Based on    --------- Saghir's 'Jhalak'
* Dialogue    --------- Tabish Sultanpuri
* Music by ----------- Ravi
* Lyrics by------------ Shakeel Badayuni
* Cinematography--- V.K. Murthy
* Art Direction ------ Biren Nag
* Language ----------- Hindi

Star Cast
* Guru Dutt------------------ Aslam
* Waheeda Rehman---------Jameela
* Rehman ------------------- Pyare Nawab
* Johnny Walker------------ Mirza Shaiza
* Mumtaz Begum----------- Pyare Nawab's mother
* Minoo Mumtaz------------Tamizan  ( Dancer )
* Pravin Paul ----------------Mirza Shaiza's mother
* Lata Sinha -----------------Naseema ( Aslam' cousin )
* Uma Devi (Tuntun)-------Naseeban
* Baby Farida----------------Mirza Shaiza's sister


The setting is the city of Lucknow in northern India, where Islamic culture flourished. Aslam (Guru Dutt), Pyare Nawab (Rehman), and Mirza Shaiza (Johnny Walker), are best friends in Lucknow.

Two of the three best friends Aslam (Guru Dutt) and Nawab (Rehman) have fallen in love with the same woman named Jameela (Waheeda Rehman) unknowingly.

Pyare Nawab suggests Aslam marry a religious scholar's daughter Jameela (Waheeda Rehman), not knowing she's the same woman he's bowled over by and wants to marry.

Aslam and Jameela marry, and life is about to go on happily, except that Aslam soon discovers of Pyare's love for the woman.

Aslam is an orphan, and given he is indebted to Pyare for having ensured his well-being since his parents' death in his early youth, he is caught between love for his wife and love for his most loyal friend.

The film’s long-delayed revelation, when the nawab finally realizes that the woman he desires is his best friend’s wife, is a brilliant sequence that shifts our attention between visual perspectives (as well as external and internal voices) that are intricately composed through reflections in mirrors.

To save his best friend's married life Pyare Nawab commits suicide by licking the diamond.

An integral part of any Guru Dutt film, comic relief was provided by Johnny Walker who plays Mirza Masaraddik Shaiza.


* The Music of the film was by Ravi
*  The lyrics WERE by Shakeel Badayuni

Songs                                                       Singer(s)

* Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho Tum ------- Mohammad Rafi
* Mili Khak Main Mohabbat ------------- Mohammad Rafi
* Yeh Luckhnow ki Sarzameen---------- Mohammad Rafi
* Mera Yaar Bana Hai Dulha ------------ Mohammad Rafi
* Badle Badle Mere Sarkar ------------- Lata Mangeshkar
* Balam Se Milan Hoga ----------------- Geeta Dutt
* Bedardi Mere Saiyan ------------------ Asha Bhosle
* Sharma Ke Agar Yun Pardanashin---Asha Bhosl, Shamshad Begum
* Dil Ki Kahani Rang Layee Hai-------- Asha Bhosle


* Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for Mohammed Rafi singing the title track
* Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for Shakeel Badayuni writing of the title   track
* Filmfare Best Art Direction Award for Biren Nag

Interesting Facts--

* According the interview by V.K. Murthy the movie made profits of then what a 100 movies were to have made. Everyone were sure of the movie's success, however not to the levels movie grossed.

* Though not directed by Guru Dutt, the movie has an unmistakable stamp of the maestro.


(3) RAM AUR SHYAM (1964)

Its producer B. Nagi Reddy previously produced Ramudu Bheemudu, a Telugu film starring N.T. Rama Rao, in 1964; Ram Aur Shyam is Nagi Reddi's Ramudu Bheemudu's Hindi version.


* Directed by------ Tapi Chanakya
* Produced by ----- Chakrapani, B. Nagi Reddi
* Written by ------ Kaushal Bharti, D.V. Narasaraju
* Music by -------- Naushad
* Lyrics by ------- Shakeel Badayuni
* Cinematography--- Marcus Bartley
* Editing by------- C. P. Jambulingam
* Release date----- 1967
* Running time ---- 171 min.
* Country --------- India
* Language -------- Hindi


  * Dilip Kumar  ............ Ram / Shyam
  * Waheeda Rehman  ...  Anjana
  * Mumtaz  .................. Shanta
  * Pran  ....................... Gajendra
 *  Nirupa Roy  ............. Sulakshana
 *  Baby Farida  ............. Kuku
 *  Laxmi Chhaya  .......... Dancer
  * Leela Mishra  ............. Ganga Mausi 
 *  Zebunissa  ................. Gajendra's mother
 *  Kanhaiyalal  ............... Munimji
  * Nazir Hussain  ........... Anjana's father
  * Sajjan  ..........,,,,,,,,,,,. Police Inspector
  * Mukri  ....................... Murlidhar

Abused by an oppressive brother-in-law Gajendra (Pran), Ramchandrao (Dilip Kumar) runs away from home, and ends up in a small village where he is mistaken for Shyamrao (also Dilip Kumar), and had to accept Ganga (Leela Mishra)as mother and his new name or face severe exorcism.

 Meanwhile, Shyamrao is mistaken for Ramchandrao by Anjana (Waheeda Rehman) and her dad (Nazir Hussain).

When Gajendra finds out, he is enraged and attempts to beat the stuffing out of the person he thinks is his brother-in-law, but Shyamrao refuses to be abused or beaten, and all of a sudden things start changing in the household as well as in the community.

It is not long before Gajendra finds out about the truth, and plans an ugly death for Shyamrao, and all those opposed to him.

** Sound Track

** Music --Naushad
** Lyrics-- Shakeel Badayuni

                 Songs -------------------------------------Singers

* Aaj Ki Raat Mere Dil Ki Salami Lele------------Mohd.Rafi
* Aayee Hain Baharein Mite Zulmo Sitam--------Mohd.Rafi
* Aaj Sakhi Ri More Piya Ghar Aayere ----------Asha Bhonsle
* Main Hoon Saki Tu Hai Sharabi-----------------Lata and Mohd.Rafi
* Dheere Dheere Bol Koi Sun Lega --------------Asha and Mohd.Rafi
* O Balam Tere Pyar Ki Thandi Aag Mein -----Asha and Mohd. Rafi

 Interesting Facts--
* The theme owes its origins to Alexandre Dumas, père's story The Corsican Brothers: twins separated at birth who grow up with very different temperaments and then exchange places, leading to the villain being taught a lesson.

* Like The Corsican Brothers, which has been adapted into several feature films, Ram Aur Shyam has inspired remakes in Hindi movies too, with Seeta Aur Geeta (featuring female twins, played by Hema Malini) in 1972; Chaalbaaz (starring Sridevi) in 1989; and Kishen Kanhaiya (starring Anil Kapoor) in 1990.


Woh Kaun Thi (Songs) -1964

Directed by     Raj Khosla
Written by     Dhruva Chatterjee
Starring     Sadhana
                 Manoj Kumar
                 K.N. Singh
                 Prem Chopra
Music by     Madan Mohan
Release date     1964

Lag Jaa Gale Ki Phir Ye

Nainaa Barase Rimjhim

Jo Hamne Daastaan Apnee

Shokh Nazar Kee

Chhod Kar Tere Pyaar Kaa

Madhumati (Songs) - 1958

Hum Dono (Songs) -1961

Directed by     Amarjeet
Produced by     Dev Anand
Written by     Vijay Anand (Screenplay & Dialogue)
Nirmal Sircar (Story)
Starring     Dev Anand
Music by     Jaidev
Cinematography     V. Ratra
Editing by     Dharamvir
Release date     1961

Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar

Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya

Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Halat Pe Rona

Jahan Mein Aesa Kaun Hai

Allah Tero Naam Ishwar Tero Naam

Mere Mehboob (Songs) -1963

Directed by ------- Harnam Singh Rawail
Produced by ----- Harnam Singh Rawail
Starring ------------ Rajendra Kumar
                 Ashok Kumar
                 Johnny Walker
Music by ---------- Naushad
Release date ---- 1963

Mere Mehboob Tujhe
E - Husn Jara Jaag
Mere Mehboob Mein Kya Nahin
Tumse Izhar - E -Haal Kar Baithe
Janeman Ek Nazar Dekh Le
Yaad Mein Teri
Paas Rehte Hue Bhi Tujhse Bahut Door hain
Allah Bachaye Naujawano Se
Mere Mehboob Tujhe (Female)

Jhuk Gaya Aasman (Songs) -1968

Directed by ------ Lekh Tandon
Starring ----------- Rajendra Kumar, Saira Banu

Music by --------- Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics ------------- Hasrat Jaipuri

Cinematography ----- Dwarka Divecha
Editing by ------------- Pran Mehra
Release date -------- 1968

Mere Tumhare Beech Mein

Unse Mili Nazar Ke Mere Hosh Ud Gai

Sachcha Hai Pyar Mera Agar

Kahan Chal Diye Idhar To Aao

Kisi Ki Jaan Lete Hain

Kaun Hai Jo Sapnon Mein Aaya

Lets Die & Live in Heaven Forever

Dil Ek Mandir (Songs) -1963

Directed by      C. V. Sridhar
Written by        Raj Baldev Raj (dialogue director)
                        Arjun Dev Rashk (dialogue)
                        C.V. Sridhar (story)
Starring             Rajendra Kumar
                         Meena Kumari
                         Raaj Kumar
Music by           Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics:               Shailendra

Cinematography     -P.N. Sundaram
Director of Photography   -Ajay Vincent

Editing by           N. M Shankar
Release date      1963

    * Dil Ek Mandir Hai - Mohammad Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur

    * Rukh Ja Raat Thaher Ja Re Chanda  - Lata Mangeshkar

    * Hum Tere Pyaar Mein  - Lata Mangeshkar

    * O Meri Laadli/Juhi Ki Kali Meri Laadli - Suman Kalyanpur

    * Tum Sabko Chor Kar- Mohammad Rafi

    * Yaad Na Jaaye - Mohammad Rafi

Meena Kumari


( New Addition - Meena ji's  poetry in Hindi script )
'Chand tanha hai asman tanha
 dil mila hai kahan kahan tanha'

These lines, penned by Meena Kumari in a compilation of her poems titled, 'I Write I Recite', suggest the actress was a talented poetess.

Meena Kumari (1 August 1932 – 31 March 1972), born Mahjabeen Bano, was an Indian movie actress and poetess. She is regarded as one of the most prominent actresses to have appeared on the screens of Hindi Cinema. During a career spanning 30 years from her childhood to her death, she starred in more than ninety films, many of which have achieved classic and cult status today.

Personal Life --

Birth ---------------- 1 August 1932,Bombay
Death--------------- 31 March 1972,Bombay
Real Name-------- Begum Mahjabeen Bano Baksh
Screen Name----- Meena Kumari
Nickname--------- Manju
Father-------------- Ali Baksh
Mother------------- Iqbal Begum (Prabhavati Tagore).
Sisters-------------- Khurshid and Madhu(both elder)
Brother-in-law--- Mehmood Married Meena Kumari's sister Madhu.

Early life--

Her father  Ali Baksh was a veteran of Parsi theater, taught music, and wrote Urdu poetry. He played small roles in films like Id Ka Chand and composed music for films like Shahi Lutere.
Her mother Iqbal Begum (real name Prabhavati) was the second wife of Ali Baksh. Before meeting and then marrying Ali Baksh, she was a stage actress and dancer, under the stage name, Kamini.

Mahjabeen wanted to study in school but at the age of 7, was compelled to act in Hindi movies as a child artist.


She first appeared in a 1939 movie Farzand-e-Watan or 'Leatherface' and was cast as Baby Meena.The film was directed for Prakash Studios by Vijay Bhatt.She became practically the sole breadwinner of her family during the 1940s.

Her early adult acting, under the name Meena Kumari, was mainly in mythological movies like Veer Ghatotkach (1949), Shri Ganesh Mahima (1950), and fantasy movies like Alladin and The Wonderful Lamp (1952).

Breakthrough --

Meena Kumari gained fame with her role as a heroine in Vijay Bhatt's Baiju Bawra (1952). She became the first actress to win the Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1953 for this performance.

Meena Kumari highly successfully played the roles of a suffering woman in Parineeta (1953), Daera (1953), Ek Hi Raasta (1956), Sharda (1957), and Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi (1960). Though she cultivated the image of a tragedienne, she also performed commendably in a few light-hearted movies like Azaad (1955), Miss Mary (1957), Shararat (1959), and Kohinoor (1960).
One of her best-known roles was in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962).

Later work--

For four more years, Kumari performed successfully in Dil Ek Mandir (1963), Kaajal (1965), and Phool Aur Patthar (1966), all of which earned her Filmfare nominations, with Kaajal garnering her a fourth and last win of the Best Actress award.

However, after divorcing her husband in 1964, her addiction to alcohol became stronger. Her subsequent releases, including Chandan Ka Palna and Majhli Didi did not do well.

Because of her heavy drinking, she increasingly lost her good looks, and when she returned, she began playing character roles in movies like Jawab (1970) and Dushmun (1972).

She developed an attachment to writer-lyricist Gulzar and acted in his directorial debut Mere Apne (1971).

Pakeezah, starring Kumari and directed by her ex-husband Kamal Amrohi, took 16 years to reach the silver screen.


Meena Kumari gained a reputation for playing grief-stricken and tragic roles, and her performances have been praised and reminisced throughout the years.

Meena Kumari is often cited by media and literary sources as "The Tragedy Queen", both for her frequent portrayal of sorrowful and dramatic roles in her films and her real-life story.

Relationship with Kamal Amrohi--

In 1952 she got married to Kamal Amrohi,who was fifteen years elder than her and was already married.

* She wrote about Amrohi:

"Dil saa jab saathi paya
Bechaini bhi woh saath le aaya"

(When I found someone like my heart
He also brought sorrow with him)

Soon after marriage, Kamal Amrohi and Meena Kumari produced a film called Daera (1953), which was based on their love story. They also planned another film, Pakeezah. However, it took sixteen years (1956 to 1972) before Pakeezah reached the silver screen.

A few years after the marriage, Kamal and Meena started having differences, and started to drift apart, and finally divorced during 1964.

* At the time of the divorce, she wrote:

"Talaaq to day rahay ho Nazar-e-qehar ke saath
Jawani bhi meri lauta do Mehar ke saath"

(You are divorcing me with rage in your eyes
Return to me, also, my youth along with the alimony!)

Highly affected Meena Kumari, who, once a happy woman, became depressed and found solace in heavy drinking. They remarried, but Meena Kumari had become an alcoholic by then.

Meena Kumari,'The Poetess' --

Besides being a top-notch actress, she was a talented poetess, and recorded a disc of her Urdu poems, 'I write, I recite' with music by Khayyam.

She wrote poetry in Urdu under the penname of Meena Kumari 'Naaz'. Some of which has been published. Some of them are ----

(1) 'Agaz to hota hai anjam nahin hota' By Meena Kumari 'Naaz'

agaz to hota hai anjam nahin hota
jab meri kahani main wo nam nahin hota

jab zulf ki kalikh main ghul jaye koi rahi
badnam sahi lekin gumnam nahin hota

hans hans k jawan dil k ham kyon na chunen tukre
har shakhs ki qismat main inam nahin hota

bahte hue ansu ne ankhon se kaha tham kar
jo mai se pighal jaye wo jam nahin hota

din dube hain ya dubi barat liye kashti
sahil pe magar koi kohram nahin hota


(2) 'chand tanha hai asman tanha' By Meena Kumari

chand tanha hai asman tanha
dil mila hai kahan kahan tanha

bujh gai as chup gaya tara
thartharata raha dhuan tanha

zindagi kya isi ko kahte hain
jism tanha hai aur jan tanha

hamsafar koi gar mile bhi kahin
donon chalte rahe tanha tanha

jalti bujhti si raushani k pare
simta simta sa ek makan tanha

rah dekha karega sadiyon tak
chor jayenge ye jahan tanha


(3) 'Ye rat ye tanhai' By Meena Kumari

ye rat ye tanhai
ye dil k dharakne ki awaz
ye sannata

ye dubte taron ki
khamosh gazalkhwani
ye waqt ki palkon par
soti hui wirani
jazbat-e-muhabbat ki
ye akhri angrai
bajti hui har janib
ye maut ki shahnai

sab tum ko bulate hain
pal bhar ko tum a jao
band hoti meri ankhon main
muhabbat ka
ik Khwab saja jao


(4) ' Ablapa koi is dasht main aya hoga ' By Meena Kumari

ablapa koi is dasht main aya hoga
warna andhi main diya kis ne jalaya hoga

zarre zarre pe jare honge kunware sajde
ek ek but ko Khuda us ne banaya hoga

pyas jalte huye kanton ki bujhai hogi
riste pani ko hatheli pe sajaya hoga

mil gaya hoga agar koi sunahari patthar
apna tuta hua dil yad to aya hoga

khun k chinte kahin poch na len rehron se
kis ne wirane ko gulzar banaya hoga


(5) ' Poochhte ho to suno kaise basar hoti hai' by Meena Kumari

poochhte ho to suno kaise basar hoti hai
rat khairat k sadqe ki sahar hoti hai

sans bharne ko to jina nahin kahte ya rab
dil hi dukhta hai na ab asteen tar hoti hai

jaise jagi hui ankhon main chubhen kanch ke khwab
rat is tarah diwanon ki basar hoti hai

gam hi dushman hai mera gam hi ko dil dhundta hai
ek lamhe ki judai bhi agar hoti hai

ek markaz ki talash ek bhatakti khushbu
kabhi manzil kabhi tamhid-e-safar hoti hai


6. ' Yuun teri rahguzar se diwana waar guzre ' by Meena Kumari

yuun teri rahguzar se diwana waar guzre
kandhe pe apne rakh k apna mazaar guzre
baithe rahe hain rasta main dil ka khandar saja kar
shayad isi taraf se ek din bahar guzre
bahti hui ye nadiya ghulte hue kinare
koi to paar utre koi to paar guzre
tuu ne bhi ham ko dekha hamne bhi tujhko dekha
tuu dil hi har guzra ham jaan har guzre


Meena Kumari's Poetry in Hindi ( Devnagri Script)

मूल नाम महज़बीन बानो
  प्रसिद्ध नाम - मीना कुमारी
 उपनाम - ' नाज़ '

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' आगाज़ तॊ होता है अंजाम नहीं होता '

आगाज़ तॊ होता है अंजाम नहीं होता
जब मेरी कहानी में वॊ नाम नहीं होता

जब ज़ुल्फ़ की कालिख़ में घुल जाए कोई राही
बदनाम सही लेकिन गुमनाम नहीं हॊता

हँस- हँस के जवां दिल के हम क्यों न चुनें टुकडे़
हर शख्स़ की किस्मत में ईनाम नहीं होता

बहते हुए आँसू ने आँखॊं से कहा थम कर
जो मय से पिघल जाए वॊ जाम नहीं होता

दिन डूबे हैं या डूबे बारात लिये कश्ती
साहिल पे मगर कोई कोहराम नहीं होता

- मीना कुमारी


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' चाँद तन्हा है आसमाँ तन्हा '

चाँद तन्हा है आसमाँ तन्हा,
दिल मिला है कहाँ-कहाँ तन्हा

बुझ गई आस, छुप गया तारा,
थरथराता रहा धुआँ तन्हा

ज़िन्दगी क्या इसी को कहते हैं,
जिस्म तन्हा है और जाँ तन्हा

हमसफ़र कोई गर मिले भी कभी,
दोनों चलते रहें कहाँ तन्हा

जलती-बुझती-सी रोशनी के परे,
सिमटा-सिमटा-सा एक मकाँ तन्हा

राह देखा करेगा सदियों तक
छोड़ जाएँगे ये जहाँ तन्हा

- मीना कुमारी


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' ये रात ये तन्हाई '

ये रात ये तन्हाई
ये दिल के धड़कने की आवाज़

ये सन्नाटा
ये डूबते तारॊं की

खा़मॊश गज़ल खवानी
ये वक्त की पलकॊं पर

सॊती हुई वीरानी
जज्बा़त ऎ मुहब्बत की

ये आखिरी अंगड़ाई
बजाती हुई हर जानिब

ये मौत की शहनाई
सब तुम कॊ बुलाते हैं

पल भर को तुम आ जाओ
बंद होती मेरी आँखों में

मुहब्बत का
एक ख्वाब़ सजा जाओ

- मीना कुमारी


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' आबलापा कोई इस दश्त में '

आबलापा कोई इस दश्त में आया होगा|
वर्ना आँधी में दिया किस ने जलाया होगा|

ज़र्रे-ज़र्रे पे जड़े होंगे कुँवारे सजदे,
एक-एक बुत को ख़ुदा उस ने बनाया होगा|

प्यास जलते हुए काँटों की बुझाई होगी,
रिसते पानी को हथेली पे सजाया होगा|

मिल गया होगा अगर कोई सुनहरी पत्थर,
अपना टूटा हुआ दिल याद तो आया होगा|

ख़ून के छींटे कहीं पोंछ न लें रेह्रों से,
किस ने वीराने को गुलज़ार बनाया होगा|

१. आबलापा = जिसके पैरों में छाले पड़े हों 
२. दश्त = जंगल।

- मीना कुमारी


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' पूछते हो तो सुनो '
पूछते हो तो सुनो, कैसे बसर होती है
रात ख़ैरात की, सदक़े की सहर होती है

साँस भरने को तो जीना नहीं कहते या रब
दिल ही दुखता है, न अब आस्तीं तर होती है

जैसे जागी हुई आँखों में, चुभें काँच के ख़्वाब
रात इस तरह, दीवानों की बसर होती है

ग़म ही दुश्मन है मेरा, ग़म ही को दिल ढूँढता है
एक लम्हे की जुदाई भी अगर होती है

एक मर्कज़ की तलाश, एक भटकती ख़ुशबू
कभी मंज़िल, कभी तम्हीदे-सफ़र होती है

दिल से अनमोल नगीने को छुपायें तो कहाँ
बारिशे-संग यहाँ आठ पहर होती है

काम आते हैं न आ सकते हैं बे-जाँ अल्फ़ाज़
तर्जमा दर्द की ख़ामोश नज़र होती है.

- मीना कुमारी


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' यूँ तेरी रहगुज़र से '

      यूँ तेरी रहगुज़र से दीवानावार गुज़रे
काँधे पे अपने रख के अपना मज़ार गुज़रे

बैठे हैं रास्ते में दिल का खंडहर सजा कर
शायद इसी तरफ़ से एक दिन बहार गुज़रे

बहती हुई ये नदिया घुलते हुए किनारे
कोई तो पार उतरे कोई तो पार गुज़रे

तू ने भी हम को देखा हमने भी तुझको देखा
तू दिल ही हार गुज़रा हम जान हार गुज़रे

- मीना कुमारी


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' यह न सोचो '
यह न सोचो कल क्या हो
कौन कहे इस पल क्या हो

रोओ मत, न रोने दो
ऐसी भी जल-थल क्या हो

बहती नदी की बांधे बांध
चुल्लू में हलचल क्या हो

हर छन हो जब आस बना
हर छन फिर निर्बल क्या हो

रात ही गर चुपचाप मिले
सुबह फिर चंचल क्या हो

आज ही आज की कहें-सुने
क्यों सोचें कल, कल क्या हो. 

- मीना कुमारी


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' मैं जो रास्ते पे चल पड़ी '

मैं जो रास्ते पे चल पड़ी
मुझे मंदिरों ने दी निदा
मुझे मस्जिदों ने दी सज़ा
मैं जो रास्ते पे चल पड़ी

मेरी साँस भी रुकती नहीं
मेरे पाँव भी थमते नहीं
मेरी आह भी गिरती नहीं
मेरे हाथ जो  बढ़ते नहीं
कि मैं रास्ते पे चल पड़ी

यह जो ज़ख़्म कि भरते नहीं
यही ग़म हैं जो मरते नहीं
इनसे मिली मुझको क़ज़ा
मुझे साहिलों ने दी सज़ा
कि मैं रास्ते पे चल पड़ी

सभी की आँखें सुर्ख़ हैं
सभी के चेहरे ज़र्द हैं
क्यों नक्शे पा आएं नज़र
यह तो रास्ते की ग़र्द हैं
मेरा दर्द कुछ ऐसे बहा

मेरा दम ही कुछ ऐसे रुका
मैं कि रास्ते पे चल पड़ी

-    मीना कुमारी


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' मेरे महबूब '

मेरे महबूब
जब दोपहर को
समुन्दर की लहरें
मेरे दिल की धड़कनों से हमआहंग होकर उठती हैं तो
आफ़ताब की हयात आफ़री शुआओं से मुझे
तेरी जुदाई को बर्दाश्त करनें की क़ुव्वत  मिलती है

- मीना कुमारी

* क़ुव्वत  = ताक़त, बल, क़ुवत


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' रात सुनसान है '

रात सुनसान है
तारीक है दिल का आंगन
आसमां पर कोइ तारा न जमीं पर जुगनू
टिमटिमाते हैं मेरी तरसी हुइ आँखों में
कुछ दिये
तुम जिन्हे देखोगे तो कहोगे : आंसू

दफ़अतन जाग उठी दिल में वही प्यास, जिसे
प्यार की प्यास कहूं मैं तो जल उठती है ज़बां
सर्द एहसास की भट्टी में सुलगता है बदन
प्यास - यह प्यास इसी तरह मिटेगी शायद
आए ऐसे में कोई ज़हर ही दे दे मुझको
- मीना कुमारी


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 ' मेरा माज़ी '
मेरा माज़ी
मेरी तन्हाई का ये अंधा शिगाफ़
ये के सांसों की तरह मेरे साथ चलता रहा
जो मेरी नब्ज़ की मानिन्द मेरे साथ जिया
जिसको आते हुए जाते हुए बेशुमार लम्हे
अपनी संगलाख़ उंगलियों से गहरा करते रहे, करते गये
किसी की ओक पा लेने को लहू बहता रहा
किसी को हम-नफ़स कहने की जुस्तुजू में रहा
कोई तो हो जो बेसाख़्ता इसको पहचाने
तड़प के पलटे, अचानक इसे पुकार उठे
मेरे हम-शाख़
मेरे हम-शाख़ मेरी उदासियों के हिस्सेदार
मेरे अधूरेपन के दोस्त
तमाम ज़ख्म जो तेरे हैं
मेरे दर्द तमाम
तेरी कराह का रिश्ता है मेरी आहों से
तू एक मस्जिद-ए-वीरां है, मैं तेरी अज़ान
अज़ान जो अपनी ही वीरानगी से टकरा कर
थकी छुपी हुई बेवा ज़मीं के दामन पर
पढ़े नमाज़ ख़ुदा जाने किसको सिजदा करे

- मीना कुमारी


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' सियाह नक़ाब में '

सियाह नक़ाब में उसका संदली चेहरा
जैसे रात की तारीकी में
किसी ख़ानक़ाह का
खुला और रौशन ताक़
जहां मोमबत्तियाँ जल रही हो
बेज़बान मोमबत्तियाँ
वह सुनहरी जिल्दवाली किताब जो
ग़मगीन मुहब्बत के मुक़द्दस अशआर से मुंतख़िब हो

एक पाकीज़ा मंज़र
सियाह नक़ाब में उसका संदली चेहरा

- मीना कुमारी


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' मुहब्बत '
बहार की फूलों की तरह मुझे अपने जिस्म के रोएं रोएं से
फूटती मालूम हो रही है
मुझे अपने आप पर एक
ऐसे बजरे का गुमान हो रहा है जिसके रेशमी बादबान
तने हुए हों और जिसे
पुरअसरार हवाओं के झोंके आहिस्ता आहिस्ता दूर दूर
पुर सुकून झीलों
रौशन पहाड़ों और
फूलों से ढके हुए गुमनाम ज़ंजीरों की तरफ लिये जा रहे हों
वह और मैं
जब ख़ामोश हो जाते हैं तो हमें
अपने अनकहे, अनसुने अल्फ़ाज़ में
जुगनुओं की मानिंद रह रहकर चमकते दिखाई देते हैं
हमारी गुफ़्तगू की ज़बान
वही है जो
दरख़्तों, फूलों, सितारों और आबशारों की है
यह घने जंगल
और तारीक रात की गुफ़्तगू है जो दिन निकलने पर
अपने पीछे
रौशनी और शबनम के आँसु छोड़ जाती है, महबूब
मुहब्बत !

- मीना कुमारी


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 ' सुबह से शाम तलक '
सुबह से शाम तलक
दुसरों के लिए कुछ करना है
जिसमें ख़ुद अपना कुछ नक़्श नहीं
रंग उस पैकरे-तस्वीर ही में भरना है
ज़िन्दगी क्या है, कभी सोचने लगता है यह ज़हन
और फिर रूह पे छा जाते हैं
दर्द के साये, उदासी सा धुंआ, दुख की घटा
दिल में रह रहके ख़्याल आता है
ज़िन्दगी यह है तो फिर मौत किसे कहते हैं?
प्यार इक ख़्वाब था, इस ख़्वाब की ता'बीर न पूछ
क्या मिली जुर्म-ए-वफ़ा की ता'बीर न पूछ

- मीना कुमारी


 ** (15)

 ' मुहब्बत '
क़ौस ए कुज़ह की तरह
क़ायनात के एक किनारे से
दूसरे किनारे तक तनी हुई है
और इसके दोनों सिरे
दर्द के अथह समुन्दर में डुबे हुए हैं

- मीना कुमारी


** (16)

' हर मसर्रत '

हर मसर्रत
एक बरबादशुदा ग़म है
हर ग़म
एक बरबादशुदा मसर्रत
और हर तारीक़ी
एक तबाहशुदा रौशनी है
और हर रौशनी
एक तबाहशुदा  तारीक़ी
इसी तरह
 हर हाल
एक फ़ना शुदा माज़ी
और हर माज़ी
एक फ़ना शुदा हाल

- मीना कुमारी


**  (17)

' हाँ, कोई और होगा '

हाँ, कोई और होगा तूने जो देखा होगा
हम नहीं आग से बच-बचके गुज़रने वाले

न इन्तज़ार, न आहट, न तमन्ना, उम्मीद
ज़िन्दगी है कि यूँ बेहिस हुई जाती है

इतना कह कर बीत गई हर ठंडी भीगी रात
सुखके लम्हे, दुख के साथी, तेरे ख़ाली हात

हाँ, बात कुछ और थी, कुछ और ही बात हो गई
और आँख ही आँख में तमाम रात हो गई

कई उलझे हुए ख़यालात का मजमा है यह मेरा वुजूद
कभी वफ़ा से शिकायत कभी वफ़ा मौजूद

जिन्दगी आँख से टपका हुआ बेरंग कतरा
तेरे दामन की पनाह पाता तो आँसू होता

- मीना कुमारी



' टुकड़े-टुकड़े दिन बीता '

टुकड़े-टुकड़े दिन बीता, धज्जी-धज्जी रात मिली
जिसका जितना आँचल था, उतनी ही सौगात मिली

रिमझिम-रिमझिम बूँदों में, ज़हर भी है और अमृत भी
आँखें हँस दीं दिल रोया, यह अच्छी बरसात मिली

जब चाहा दिल को समझें, हँसने की आवाज़ सुनी
जैसे कोई कहता हो, ले फिर तुझको मात मिली

मातें कैसी घातें क्या, चलते रहना आठ पहर
दिल-सा साथी जब पाया, बेचैनी भी साथ मिली

होंठों तक आते आते, जाने कितने रूप भरे
जलती-बुझती आँखों में, सादा-सी जो बात मिली

- मीना कुमारी


** (19)

' दिन गुज़रता नहीं '

दिन गुज़रता नहीं आता रात
काटे से भी नहीं कटती
रात और दिन के इस तसलसुल में
उम्र बांटे से भी नही बंटती

अकेलेपन के अन्धेरें में दूर दूर तलक
यह एक ख़ौफ़ जी पे धुँआ बनके छाया है
फिसल के आँख से यह छन पिघल न जाए कहीं
पलक पलक ने जिसे राह से उठाया है

शाम का उदास सन्नाटा
धुंधलका, देख, बड़ जाता है
नहीं मालूम यह धुंआ क्यों है
दिल तो ख़ुश है कि जलता जाता है

तेरी आवाज़ में तारे से क्यों चमकने लगे
किसकी आँखों की तरन्नुम को चुरा लाई है
किसकी आग़ोश की ठंडक पे है डाका डाला
किसकी बांहों से तू शबनम उठा लाई है

- मीना कुमारी


** (20) 

' एक एहसास मीनाकुमारी '

न हाथ थाम सके, न पकड़ सके दामन,
बड़े क़रीब से उठकर चला गया कोई

मीना जी चली गईं। कहती थीं :

राह देखा करेगा सदियों तक,
छोड़ जाएंगे यह जहां तन्हा

और जाते हुए सचमुच सारे जहान को तन्हा कर गईं; एक दौर का दौर अपने साथ लेकर चली गईं। लगता है, दुआ में थीं। दुआ खत्म हुई, आमीन कहा, उठीं, और चली गईं। जब तक ज़िन्दा थीं, सरापा दिल की तरह ज़िन्दा रहीं। दर्द चुनती रहीं, बटोरती रहीं और दिल में समोती रहीं। कहती रहीं :

टुकड़े-टुकड़े दिन बीता,
धज्जी-धज्जी रात मिली।
जिसका जितना आंचल था,
उतनी ही सौग़ात मिली।।

जब चाहा दिल को समझें,
हंसने की आवाज़ सुनी।
जैसे कोई कहता हो, लो
फिर तुमको अब मात मिली।।

बातें कैसी ? घातें क्या ?
चलते रहना आठ पहर।
दिल-सा साथी जब पाया,
बेचैनी भी साथ मिली।।

समन्दर की तरह गहरा था दिल। वह छलक गया, मर गया और बन्द हो गया, लगता यही कि दर्द लावारिस हो गए, यतीम हो गए, उन्हें अपनानेवाला कोई नहीं रहा। मैंने एक बार उनका पोर्ट्रेट नज़्म करके दिया था उन्हें। लिखा था :

शहतूत की शाख़ पे बैठी मीना
बुनती है रेशम के धागे
लम्हा-लम्हा खोल रही है
पत्ता-पत्ता बीन रही है
एक-एक सांस बजाकर सुनती है सौदायन
एक-एक सांस को खोल के, अपने तन
पर लिपटाती जाती है
अपने ही तांगों की क़ैदी
रेशम की यह शायर इक दिन
अपने ही तागों में घुटकर मर जाएगी।

पढ़कर हंस पड़ीं। कहने लगीं–‘जानते हो न, वे तागे क्या हैं ? उन्हें प्यार कहते हैं। मुझे तो प्यार से प्यार है। प्यार के एहसास से प्यार है, प्यार के नाम से प्यार है। इतना प्यार कोई अपने तन से लिपटाकर मर सके, तो और क्या चाहिए ?’

उन्हीं का एक पन्ना है मेरे सामने खुला हुआ। लिखा है :

प्यार सोचा था, प्यार ढूंढ़ा था
ठंडी-ठंडी-सी हसरतें ढूंढ़ी
सोंधी-सोंधी-सी, रूह की मिट्टी
तपते, नोकीले, नंगे रस्तों पर
नंगे पैरों ने दौड़कर, थमकर,
धूप में सेंकीं छांव की चोटें
छांव में देखे धूप के छाले
अपने अन्दर महक रहा था प्यार
ख़ुद से बाहर तलाश करते थे

बाहर से अन्दर का यह सफ़र कितना लम्बा था कि उसे तय करने में उन्हें एक उम्र गुज़ारनी पड़ी। इस दौरान, रास्ते में जंगल भी आए और दश्त भी, वीराने भी और कोहसार  भी। इसलिए कहती थीं :

आबलापा1 कोई कोई दश्त2 में आया होगा
वर्ना आंधी में दीया किसने जलाया होगा

 1. जिसके पैरों में छाले पड़े हों 2. जंगल।

---   गुलज़ार


Meen Kumari became addicted to alcohol. Her life and prosperous career were marred by heavy drinking, troubled relationships, an ensuing deteriorating health, and her death from liver cirrhosis in 1972.

Three weeks after the release of Pakeezah, Meena Kumari became seriously ill, and died on 31 March 1972 of liver cirrhosis. At her death, she was in more or less the same financial circumstance as her parents at the time of her birth.She was buried at Rahematabad Qabristan located at Narialwadi, Mazgaon, Mumbai.

Filmography --

**    Gomti Ke Kinare (1972) .... Ganga
**    Pakeezah (1972) .... Nargis/Sahibjaan
**    Dushmun (1971) .... Malti R. Din
**    Mere Apne (1971) .... Anandi Devi/Buaji (Aunt)
**    Jawab (1970) .... Vidya
**    Saat Phere (1970)
**    Abhilasha (1968) .... Mrs. Meena Singh
**    Baharon Ki Manzil (1968) .... Nanda S. Roy/Radha Shukla
**    Bahu Begum (1967) .... Zeenat Jahan Begum
**    Chandan Ka Palna (1967) .... Shobha Rai
**    Majhli Didi (1967) .... Hemangini 'Hema'
**    Noorjehan (1967)
**    Phool Aur Patthar (1966) .... Shanti Devi
**    Pinjre Ke Panchhi (1966) .... Heena Sharma
**    Bheegi Raat (1965)
**    Jadui Angoothi (1965)
**    Kaajal (1965) .... Madhavi
**    Purnima (1965) .... Purnima V. Lal
**    Maain Bhi Ladki Hun (1964) .... Rajni
**    Benazir (1964) .... Benazir
**    Chitralekha (1964) .... Chitralekha
**    Gazal (1964) .... Naaz Ara Begum
**    Sanjh Aur Savera (1964) .... Gauri
**    Akeli Mat Jaiyo (1963) Seema
**    Dil Ek Mandir (1963) .... Sita
**    Kinare Kinare (1963)
**    Aarti (film) (1962) .... Aarti Gupta
**    Main Chup Rahungi (1962) .... Gayatri
**    Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) .... Chhoti Bahu
**    Bhabhi Ki Chudiyan (1961) .... Geeta, Shyam's wife
**    Pyaar Ka Saagar (1961) .... Radha/Rani B. Gupta
**    Zindagi Aur Khwab (1961) .... Shanti
**    Bahaana (1960)
**    Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960) .... Karuna
**    Kohinoor (1960)
**    Ardhangini (1959) .... Chhaya
**    Chand (1959)
**    Char Dil Char Raahein (1959) .... Chavli
**    Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan (1959) .... Ratna
**    Jagir (1959)
**    Madhu (1959)
**    Satta Bazaar (1959) .... Jamuna
**    Shararat (1959)
**    Farishta (1958)
**    Sahara (1958) .... Leela
**    Savera (1958)
**    Yahudi (1958) .... Hannah
**    Miss Mary (1957) .... Miss Mary/Laxmi
**    Sharada (1957) .... Sharada Ram Sharan
**    Bandhan (1956)
**    Ek-Hi-Rasta (1956) .... Malti
**    Halaku (1956) .... Niloufer Nadir
**    Mem Sahib (1956) .... Meena
**    Naya Andaz (1956)
**    Shatranj (1956)
**    Adl-E-Jahangir (1955)
**    Azaad (1955) .... Shobha
**    Bandish (1955) .... Usha Sen
**    Rukhsana (1955)
**    Baadbaan (1954)
**    Chandni Chowk (1954) .... Zarina
**    Ilzam (1954)
**    Daera (1953) .... Sheetal
**    Dana Paani (1953)
**    Do Bigha Zamin (1953) .... Thakurain
**    Foot Path (1953) .... Mala
**    Naulakha Haar (1953) .... Bijma
**    Parineeta (1953) .... Lalita
**    Aladdin Aur Jadui Chirag (1952)
**    Baiju Bawra (1952) .... Gauri
**    Tamasha (1952) .... Kiran
**    Hanumaan Pataal Vijay (1951)
**    Lakshmi Narayan (1951)
**    Madhosh (1951) .... Soni
**    Sanam (1951)
**    Anmol Ratan (1950)
**    Hamara Ghar (1950)
**    Magroor (1950)
**    Shri Ganesh Mahima (1950)
**    Veer Ghatotkach (1949) .... Surekha
**    Bichchade Balam (1948)
**    Piya Ghar Aaja (1947)
**    Bachchon Ka Khel (1946)
**    Duniya Ek Sarai (1946)
**    Lal Haveli (1944)
**    Pratiggya (1943)
**    Garib (1942)
**    Bahen (1941) (as Baby Meena) .... Bina
**    Kasauti (1941)
**    Nai Roshni (1941)
**    Ek Hi Bhool (1940)
**    Pooja (1940)
**    Leatherface (1939)

Filmfare Awards

**    Filmfare Best Actress Award – Won

* 1954 Baiju Bawra – Gauri
* 1955 Parineeta – Lolita
* 1963 Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam – Chhoti Bahu
* 1966 Kaajal – Madhavi

**    Filmfare Best Actress Award – Nominated

* 1956 Azaad – Shobha
* 1959 Sahara – Leela
* 1960 Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan – Ratna
* 1963 Aarti – Aarti Gupta
* 1963 Main Chup Rahungi – Gayetri
* 1964 Dil Ek Mandir – Sita
* 1967 Phool Aur Patthar – Shanti Devi
* 1973 Pakeezah – Nargis / Sahibjaan (posthumous nomination)

Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards(BFJA)--

**    1963 Best Actress (Hindi): Aarti
**    1965 Best Actress (Hindi): Dil Ek Mandir
**    Special Award: Pakeezah

One of the first biographies of Meena Kumari was written just after her death by Vinod Mehta in the year 1972. It was simply titled 'Meena Kumari'.


Meena Kumari--Three Memorable Films

(1) BAIJU BAWRA (1952)

Baiju Bawra is an award-winning (1952) Hindi movie directed by Vijay Bhatt. It stars Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari.

The movie is based on the legend of Baiju Bawra from the days of Mughal Emperor Akbar in India.

Tansen is known to be the greatest classical vocalist ever to have existed in India, and was one of the nine jewels (Navaratnas) of Emperor Akbar’s court. Nobody could sing in the city unless he or she could sing better. If this was not the case, he or she was executed. Baiju Bawra is the story of an unknown singer, Baiju, who is on a mission to defeat Tansen in a musical duel to avenge the death of than Tansen his father.


When Baiju is still a child, Tansen's sentry tries to stop Baiju’s father from singing, and in the ensuing scuffle, his father dies. Before dying, he extracts a promise from his son to take revenge against Tansen. Baiju gets shelter from a village priest and while growing up, falls in love with Gauri, the daughter of a boatman. He continues his musical education on his own, but gets so enamoured by Gauri's love that he forgets the promise made to his father to exact revenge against Tansen.

Later, a group of dacoits raid Baiju's village. With his song, Baiju persuades them against looting the village, but the female leader of the dacoits falls in love with him and asks him to follow them to their fort as a condition for their sparing the village. Baiju leaves with her, leaving the crying Gauri behind. In the fort, the dacoit leader, who is actually a princess living in exile, tells Baiju how her father’s serfdom had been usurped by someone and she was seeking revenge because the village too previously belonged to her father. The word “revenge” brings all of Baiju's memories back; he leaves the fort greatly agitated, and the princess does not try to stop him.

Baiju sneaks into the Mughal palace, where Tansen is singing. He is dumbstruck by the way Tansen sings, and somehow, the sword that was supposed to cut the maestro’s throat fell on the vina, saddening Tansen. He said he could only be killed by music, and the pain that accompanies it. “Dip your notes in melancholy and I’ll die on my own,” he said. Baiju accordingly leaves the palace to learn “real” music.

Baiju remembers that when his father was killed, he was taking Baiju to Swami Haridas. He goes to see the Swami himself and asks for his guidance, informing him of his plan to take revenge against Tansen. Haridas tells Baiju that one must be in love to be a true musician, and thus Baiju must rid himself of all the hatred in his heart, but still gives him a vina and accepts him as his disciple. Baiju again starts his musical training, spending all his time in a Shiva temple, but his vengeful feelings never leave him. Nonetheless, he still reveres his guru, Haridas. After learning that his teacher had fallen seriously ill and was unable to walk, Baiju sings a song that so thrills Haridas that the master gets out of his bed and starts to walk.

Gauri, meanwhile, is so distraught over Baiju's departure that she is about to swallow poison. At that point, the princess who had taken Baiju from the village comes to her and tells her that she knows of Baiju's whereabouts. Gauri meets Baiju and tries to convince him to return to the village so they can be married; Baiju, however, refuses, as he feels he must take revenge against Tansen. At this point, Haridas arrives, and Baiju goes to receive him, once again leaving a crying Gauri behind. Haridas tells Baiju that in order to be a true singer, he has to feel real pain. Hearing this, Gauri decides to make a venomous snake bite her, thinking that her death would bring enough grief to Baiju that he would defeat Tansen. Baiju sees Gauri's lifeless body and goes mad, with the princess' attempts to get through to him being futile. Baiju instead goes to the Shiva temple and sings a heart-wrenching song condemning the God who had consigned him to his fate; the idol of Lord Shiva even begins to cry at Baiju's grief.

In his delirious state, Baiju reaches Tansen's city, singing the whole way. The residents fear for his life and call him bawra (insane), hence the title of the movie. Baiju is caught and imprisoned, but the princess raids the prison and releases him. However, both of them are caught by Mughal soldiers when they are escaping, leaving a musical duel with Tansen as the only way to save his life.

Emperor Akbar himself witnesses the competition. For a long time, both the singers proved to be equally good. Then Akbar suggests that whoever could melt a marble slab with his singing would win the duel. Baiju manages to do so and wins the competition, saving his own life and finally avenging his father's death. Tansen accepts his defeat graciously, and is in fact happy that there is someone better than him.

Gowri’s father was deeply upset when he couldn’t locate Baiju. The entire village was by now making fun of Gowri’s and Baiju’s love affair. Her father warned either Baiju be found, or Gowri should marry a village money-lender and in case she refused, he would commit suicide. Gowri couldn’t divulge Baiju’s whereabouts because she didn’t want him to know that she was alive. So she agreed to marry the money-lender.

Baiju came to meet her while she was getting married, but he was on the other side of Yamuna River and the river was in flood. The boatman refused him to take him to the other side. Despite not knowing how to swim, Baiju pushed the boat into the raging waters and started towing it. He started singing a scale and Gowri heard it. She started running towards the bank and everybody ran behind her. When she saw Baiju struggling with the boat, since she knew how to swim, being a boatman’s daughter, she jumped into the water to rescue Baiju. The boat toppled over and after a lot of struggle Gowri reached him. He urged her to go back and leave him because she knew how to swim and he didn’t. Gowri replied that they had promised to be together in life and in death, and she would be content with dying with him.


*   Directed by     Vijay Bhatt
*   Produced by     Prakash Pictures
*   Written by             R. S. Choudhury (screenplay)
                                   Zia Sarhadi (dialogue)
                                   Ramchandra Thakur (story)

*   Music by             Naushad
*   Lyrics by             Shkeel Badayuni
*   Cinematography     V. N. Reddy
*   Editing by             Pratap Dave
*   Release date     1952
*   Language             Hindi

Star Cast

*    Meena Kumari ------ Gauri
*    Bharat Bhushan ---- Baijnath 'Baiju'
*    Surendra -- ------- Sangeet Samrat Tansen
*    Kuldeep Kaur ------ Daku Roopmati
*    Bipin Gupta ------- Shahenshah Badshah Akbar
*    Manmohan Krishna -- Shankar Anand
*    B. M. Vyas  ------- Mohan
*    Mishra ------------ Narpat
*    Radha Kishan ------ Ghasit Khan
*    Kesari ------------ Ganjoo
*    Rattan Kumar ------ Young Baijnath
*    Baby Tabassum ----- Young Gauri
*    Rai Mohan --------- Swami Haridas
*    Bhagwanji --------- Baiju's Father
*    Nadir ------------- Hathi Singh
*    Ramesh------------- Sohil Khan
*    Krishna Kumari----- Vasanti
*    Sitaram Tikaram --- Athavale


The plot centered around music, so it was a necessity that the movie's soundtrack be outstanding. Renowned Bollywood music director Naushad and lyricist Shakeel Badayuni created memorable songs for the movie, with all but one being based on Hindustani classical melodies (ragas). Esteemed playback singers Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, and Shamshad Begum, and renowned classical vocalists Amir Khan and D. V. Paluskar lent their voices to the score.

*  Lyrics written by Shakeel Badayuni,
*  Music composed by Naushad.

No.    Title    Singer(s)    Length

1.    "Tu Ganga Ki Mauj" (Raga Bhairavi)
Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

2.    "Aaj Gawat Man Mero Jhoomke" (Raga Desi)
Ustad Amir Khan, D. V. Paluskar

3.    "O Duniya Ke Rakhwale" (Raga Darbari)
Mohammad Rafi

4.    "Door Koi Gaye" (Raga Des)
Lata Mangeshkar, Shamshad Begum and chorus

5.    "Mohe Bhool Gaye Sanwariya" (Raga Bhairav with traces of Raga Kalingda)    Lata Mangeshkar

6.    "Jhoole Mein Pawan Ki Aai Bahar" (Raga Pilu)
Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

7.    "Man Tarpat Hari Darsan Ko Aaj" (Raga Malkauns)
Mohammad Rafi

8.    "Bachpan Ki Muhabbat" (Based on Maand)
Lata Mangeshkar

9.    "Insaan Bano" (Raga Todi)
Mohammad Rafi

10.    "Tori Jai Jai Kartar" (Raga Puriya Dhanashree)
Ustad Amir Khan

11.    "Langar Kankariya Ji Na Maro" (Raga Todi)
Ustad Amir Khan, D. V. Paluskar

12.    "Ghanana Ghanana Ghana Garjo Re" (Raga Megh)
Ustad Amir Khan

13.    "Sargam" (Raga Darbari)
Ustad Amir Khan


*    1954 Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Meena Kumari
*    1954 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Naushad


A remake of the film was announced on November 2010. It will be written, directed and produced by American-Indian writer Krishna Shah. Aamir Khan has been approached to do the role of Baiju Bawra. A. R. Rahman has been roped in as the music director. The film is currently in pre-production.



'Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam' is a 1962 Indian Hindi film produced by Guru Dutt and directed by Abrar Alvi. It is based on a Bengali novel, Shaheb Bibi Golam by Bimal Mitra, and is a look into the tragic fall of the haveli-dom and feudalism in Bengal during the British Raj. The film's music is by Hemant Kumar and lyrics were by Shakeel Badayuni. Cinematography was by V. K. Murthy. The film stars Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari, Rehman, Waheeda Rehman and Nasir Hussain.

The film was a major critical and commercial success, with critics attributing it to Meena Kumari's performance as Chhoti Bahu, which is regarded as one of the best performances of Hindi cinema.

It won four Filmfare Awards, including Best Movie award, was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 13th Berlin International Film Festival, and was chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars.


Directed by---------- Abrar Alvi
Produced by---------- Guru Dutt
Written by ---------- Abrar Alvi & Bimal Mitra
Based on
Shaheb Bibi Golam by--Bimal Mitra
Cinematography  by--- V. K. Murthy.
Music by------------- Hemant Kumar
lyrics by------------ Shakeel Badayuni

Star Cast:--

*  Meena Kumari as -- Chhoti Bahu
*  Guru Dutt as ----- Atulya Chakraborty 'Bhootnath'
*  Rehman as -------- Chhote Sarkar
*  Waheeda Rehman as- Jaba
*  Nasir Hussain as-- Suvinoy Babu (Jaba's father)
*  Dhumal as--------- Bansi
*  D.K. Sapru as----- Chaudhary (Majhle Sarkar)
*  Harindranath Chattopadhyay as-- Ghari Babu
*  Kishan Dhawan as --Master Babu


The title of the movie and the story is a reference to the plot simultaneously exploring a platonic friendship between a beautiful, lonely wife (Bibi) of an aristocrat (Sahib) and a career-driven low-income part-time servant (Ghulam).

Bhoothnath (Guru Dutt), a middle-age architect, wanders through the ruins of an old haveli.
There is a flashback to the end of the 19th century. The lower-class and educated Bhoothnath arrives in colonial Calcutta looking for work. He lives in the grand haveli of the Choudhurys, a family of zamindars while working beyond its compound at the Mohini Sindoor factory run by Subinay Babu, a dedicated member of the Brahmo Samaj.

Subinay Babu's daughter Jaba (Waheeda Rehman) is amused by Bhoothnath whom she considers an unsophisticated rustic. Bhoothnath becomes fascinated with the goings-on in the haveli and every night observes the decadent lifestyle of the Choudhury bothers.

 Chhoti Bahu (Meena Kumari) becomes a desperate alcoholic to make zamindar (Rehman) stay at home, in Sahib Bibi Aur Gulam***

One night the servant, Bansi, takes Bhoothnath to meet the younger zamindar's (Rehman) wife Chhoti Bahu (Meena Kumari) who implores him to bring her Mohini Sindoor believing it will keep her unfaithful husband home. Bhoothnath is struck by her beauty and sadness and inadvertently becomes Chhoti Bahu's secret confidante. A bomb explodes in the marketplace and Bhoothnath is injured in the ensuing crossfire between freedom fighters and British soldiers. Jaba looks after him. Bhoothnath becomes a trainee architect and goes away to work on a training project.

Chhoti Bahu's repeated attempts to appease her husband have failed until she becomes his drinking companion to keep him by her side. Bhoothnath returns some years later to Calcutta to find that Subinay Babu has died and that he and Jaba were betrothed as children. He returns to the haveli and is shocked to find it in partial ruins.

Chhoti Bahu is now a desperate alcoholic and her husband, paralyzed. She asks Bhoothnath to accompany her to a nearby shrine to pray for her ailing husband.

Their conversation is heard by the elder zamindar, Majhle Babu. He orders his henchmen to punish her for consorting with a man outside the Choudhury household.

As Bhoothnath and Chhoti Bahu travel in the carriage, it is stopped. Bhoothnath is knocked unconscious and Chhoti Bahu is abducted. When he wakes up in hospital, Bhoothnath is told Chhoti Bahu has disappeared and the younger zamindar is dead. The flashback ends.

Bhoothnath's workers inform him a skeleton is found buried in the ruins of the haveli. From the jewellery on the corpse, Bhoothnath realizes it is the remains of Chhoti Bahu.

The last scene shows a nostalgic Bhoothnath riding away on a carriage with Jaba, who is now is his wife.

Difference from the Novel
In this, the filmed version departs significantly from the novel, where Jaba and Bhoothnath do not get a happy ending.

Besides being a commercial success, the film was a huge critical success.

(a) The Times of India (dated 24 June 1962) reviewed :

“The well-knit screenplay, achieving an effective balance between the various characters and emotional phases, provides a neat dramatic pattern. It appears to be a specially successful job considering the verbosity and digressiveness of the novel of Mr. Bimal Mitra who, though often brilliant, writes in a highly disorderly way.    ”

(b)Upperstall.com commented,

"Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is a romantic and somewhat nostalgic tale of a bygone era. The film is a magnificent and sombre work with heightened atmosphere, rich dialogues, haunting cinematography, extraordinary song picturizations and brilliant performances." It also praised Meena Kumari's performance: "While each of the performances are spot on, if there is one person who is the heart and soul of the film, it is Meena Kumari.

(c) Indiatimes Movies, while listing it as one of the "25 Must See Bollywood Movies," wrote,

"The film remains with you forever simply because of the splendid performance of Meena Kumari."


**    Filmfare Award for Best Movie - Guru Dutt
**    Filmfare Award for Best Director - Abrar Alvi
**    Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer - V. K. Murthy
**    Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Meena Kumari
**    National Film Awards, President's Silver Medal.
**    Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards - Film of The Year.


**    Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor - Guru Dutt
**    Filmfare Nomination for Best Supporting Actor - Rehman
**    Filmfare Nomination for Best Supporting Actress - Waheeda Rehman
**    Filmfare Nomination for Best Story -Bimal Mitra
**    1963: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear (Best Motion Picture): nominated
**    1962: Indian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Remake of Sahib,Bibi Aur Ghulam

Movie Name: Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam (Remake)
Status: Under Production
Directed by: Rituparno Ghosh
Star Cast:
John Abraham in the role of Bhootnath, Priyanka Chopra as the Chhoti Bahu and Salman as the Zamindar & Chhote Sarkar. 


(3) PAKEEZAH (1972)

Pakeezah (the pure one, pure of heart) is a 1972 Indian film. It was directed by perfectionist Kamal Amrohi.The music is by Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad. The film tells the story of a Lucknow tawaif played by actress Meena Kumari.


Pakeezah took nearly 14 years to shoot because of a change in relationship between Meena Kumari and the director. Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi were married when Pakeezah was first conceived. Meena Kumari died weeks after the film was released. The film, which had been declared a flop when first released, became a success.


*       Directed by------ Kamal Amrohi
*       Produced by------ Kamal Amrohi
*       Written by------- Kamal Amrohi
*    Screenplay:------ Kamal Amrohi
*    Art direction:--- N.B. Kulkarni
*    Set Design :----- Kamal Amrohi
*    Costume Design :- Meena Kumari
*    Photography :---- Josef Wirsching
*    Lyrics:---------- Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kaifi Azmi,                           KaifBhopali,Kamal Amrohi
*    Music:----------- Ghulam Mohammed, Naushad -
*       Background Score- Naushad
*       Title Music------ Naushad
*    Singers:--------- Lata Mangeshkar; Mohd. Rafi; Mehdi Hassan
*       Editing by------- D.N. Pai
*       Release date----- 4 February 1972
*       Running time----- 126 minutes
*       Country---------- India
*       Language--------- Hindi-Urdu

Star Cast:--

*    Ashok Kumar ----- Shahabuddin
*    Meena Kumari ---- Nargis / Sahibjaan
*    Raaj Kumar ------ Salim Ahmed Khan
*    Veena ----------- Nawabjaan
*    Nadira ---------- Madame Gauhar Jaan
*    D.K. Sapru ------ Hakim Saab
*    Kamal Kapoor ---- Nawab Zafar Ali Khan
*    Pratima Devi ---- Salim's Badi Amma


This movie is about the tawaif Sahibjaan, (Meena Kumari), who is born to a courtesan, Nargis (also Meena Kumari). After being spurned by her lover Shahabuddin's (Ashok Kumar) family, Nargis is driven to a graveyard where she gives birth to Sahibjaan secretly.

Nargis dies during childbirth, and her sister, Nawabjaan, takes the child as her own. Sahibjaan was brought up by brothel madame Nawabjaan (Veena).

Unable to break away from the vicious circle, Sahibjaan grows up and becomes a beautiful and popular dancer/singer.

Forest ranger Salim Ahmed Khan (Raaj Kumar) is enthralled by Sahibjaan's beauty and innocence, and eventually convinces her to elope with him, which she does. But trials and tribulations await Sahibjaan as she is recognized by men wherever she goes in the company of Salim.

When Salim re-names her "Pakeezah" (pure of heart) and takes her to a priest to be legally married, she refuses, and returns to the brothel.

Salim eventually decides to marry someone else, and invites Sahibjaan to dance at his wedding; Sahibjaan agrees to this.

During this event, the story reveals an exciting turn: Nawabjaan recognises Shahabuddin, and calls him to witness the irony of the situation. His own daughter employed to dance and entertain his own family without his knowing.

Interesting facts

* Ashok Kumar was to have played the part of Salim, but the part was later played by Raaj Kumar. The character was changed from a businessman to a forest ranger to suit Raaj Kumar's personality.

* Film's composer Ghulam Mohammed died during the period. Later, composer Naushad stepped in and composed the film's background music as well as its title track.

* The cinematographer Josef Wirsching died during the making of film. Over a dozen of Bombay's top cinematographers pitched in when they had time; they however managed to maintain its uniform look.

* Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi parted ways and the film remained incomplete. It was only when Nargis and Sunil Dutt saw the rushes of the film that they convinced Meena Kumari to complete it.

* It was mostly shot in Kamal Amrohi Studios, Mumbai.
Meena Kumari was very ill when filming resumed and can be seen lying down in most of her scenes.

* For the dance sequences, Padma Khanna was used as a body double.

* Pakeezah made news during the Filmfare Awards in 1971 when Pran refused to accept his award for Be-Imaan because he felt that Ghulam Mohammed deserved a posthumous Filmfare award for his songs in Pakeezah.


The soundtrack for the film was composed by Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad with lyrics by Kaifi Azmi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kamal Amrohi and Kaif Bhopali. Due to the demise of the composer before the completion of the film, Naushad was signed to compose the background score for the film.
He also composed the songs, "Nazaria Ki Maari", "Title Music - Alap", "Mora Saajan Sauten Ghar Jaye" and "Kaun Gali Gayo Shyam". These renderings are presented in the voices of the veteran singer Rajkumari, Parveen Sultana, Vani Jairam and Naseem Bano Chopra.

Track          Song                          Singer(s)                      Lyrics                            Composer

1    "Chalo Dildar Chalo"             Mohd.Rafi, Lata              Kaif Bhopali                Ghulam Mohd.

2    "Chalte Chalte"                       Lata                             Kaifi Azmi                   Ghulam Mohd.

3    "Inhi Logon Ne"                      Lata                             Majrooh                       Ghulam Mohd.

4    "Mausam Hai Aashiqana"       Lata                             Kamal Amrohi            Ghulam Mohd.

5    "Nazariya Ki Mari"                Rajkumari                   Majrooh                       Naushad

6    "Teer-E-Nazar"                      Lata                             Kaif Bhopali               Ghulam Mohd.

7    "Thare Rahiyo"                      Lata                             Majrooh                      Ghulam Mohd.

8    "Mora Saajan ..Jaye"            Vani Jairam                  Majrooh                      Naushad

9    "Kaun Gali..Shyam"             Parveen Sultana            Majrooh                      Naushad

10    "Pi Ke Chale"                     Lata                             Majrooh                      Ghulam Mohd.

11    "Title Music - Alap"          Lata                             Majrooh                       Naushad

*    1973: Filmfare Best Art Direction Award: N.B. Kulkarni