Chaitali (film)

Chaitali is a 1975 Hindi film, directed by veteran director Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film, released in 1975, was produced by Mrs. Monabai Roy. It is based on the Bengali novel of the same name by Bengali writer Ashapoorna Devi.[1] The music of the film was composed by the duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The film has actors Dharmendra, Saira Banu and Pradeep Kumar in lead.

Directed byHrishikesh Mukherjee
Produced byMrs. Monabai Roy
Saira Banu
Pradeep Kumar
Music byLaxmikant-Pyarelal
Release date
September 26, 1975


Manish, a college professor, takes in Chaitali, a thief, and offers to support her to go straight. Chaitali lies that she is a widow when she isn't even married since she is the daughter of a fugitive and is brought up in a kotha (dancing house) by her protective stepmother. To hide her background, she lies, and that leads to more lies. Manish's brother Avinash is a lawyer practicing from home, and his bedridden wife Prabha accuses Chaitali of stealing a valuable necklace to which Chaitali quickly confesses. Before that, Chaitali, Manish and his mother had visited their family Guru for his guidance where Chaitali had confessed her life story to Manish. Out on the streets, she takes up dancing, which Manish misinterprets as her slap on his generosity. She decides to return money for the stolen necklace with earnings from her dancing but this is interpreted as arrogance and she is thrown out of the house. Soon, Avinash tells the truth to Manish as to why Chaitali confessed to stealing the jewellery.[2]



1 "Dharti Ambar Nind Se Jaage" Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Mehbooba Naam Hai Mera" Lata Mangeshkar
3 "Sa Ni Dha Pa Ma Ga Ni Dha" Lata Mangeshkar


  1. Malhotra, D. N. (2006). Sixty Years of Book Publishing in India, 1947-2007. Federation of Indian Publishers. p. 232.
  2. Rammesh (17 August 2018). "1975: Chaitali". Human Cinema: The Films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Notion Press.
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