Bhabhi (1957 film)

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 and Nanda in pivotal roles.

Directed byKrishnan-Panju
Produced byA. V. Meiyappan
Written byPrabhavathi Devi Saraswathi
StarringBalraj Sahni
Pandari Bai
Om Prakash
Durga Khote
Music byChitragupta
Rajendra Krishan (Lyrics)
Release date
Running time
2 hr 48 min
Box officeRs. 1,15,00,000 [1]

The film went on to become the eighth highest grossing Bollywood film of the year.[1] The film was a remake of the Tamil film Kuladeivam, which itself was a remake of the 1954 Bengali film Bhanga Gara, which in turn was based on the novel Bijila 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 less educated widowed businessman Ratanlal, who has a son Mithu, from his first marriage, and re-locates to live with him, his brothers; Ramesh, Rajan and 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 during their respective lifetimes?



1."Aaj To Aanand Bhaye Krishna Aaye Paahuna"  Renuka Devi 
2."Arre Bahut Dinon Ki Baat Hai"Rajendar KrishanChitraguptaS. Balbir, Manna Dey, Mohammed Rafi 
3."Ban Titali Ban Titali Main"J. S. KashyapSaraswati Devi  
4."Chal Ud Jaa Re Panchhi"Rajendar KrishanChitraguptaMohammed Rafi 
5."Chali Chali Re Meri Patang Chali Re"Rajendar KrishanChitraguptaMohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar 
6."Chhupaakar Meri Aankhon Ko"Rajendar KrishanChitraguptaMohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar 
7."Ghat Aaye Saajan Laut Aaye"  Renuka Devi 

Awards and nominations

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


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