Chameli Memsaab

Chameli Memsaab (English: Madame Chameli) is a 1975 Assamese drama film directed by Abdul Majid. A love story set in a tea estate in Assam, between a British tea estate owner and local tea garden worker. It starred George Baker and Binita Borgohain as leads.[1] The film is based on a short story by journalist and writer, Nirode Choudhury.[2]

Chameli Memsaab
Directed byAbdul Majid
Produced bySeuj Bolchhabi Santha
Story byNirode Choudhury
StarringGeorge Baker
Binita Borgohain
Music byBhupen Hazarika
Release date
Running time
144 min

The film was both a critical and commercial success, lead actor Baker turned into a matinee idol.[3] At the 1975 National Film Awards, the film won the award for Best Music Direction for Bhupen Hazarika, as well as Best Feature Film in Assamese.[4] In 2013, at the 44th International Film Festival of India, in Goa the film was shown as a part of "Focus: North East" section.[5]


The film is set in a tea garden in Assam, where Berkeley (George Baker) is a British owner, he falls in love with Chameli (Binita Borgohain), is local girl who works in the tea estate. Subsequently, they marry, however later he is accused of her murder.



Music of the film was given by Dr. Bhupen Hazarika.

  • "Asom Deshor Bagisare" - Usha Mangeshkar and Bhupen Hazarika
  • "O Bideshi Bandhu" - Bhupen Hazarika


  1. "'Chameli Memsaab a memorable experience'". The Assam Tribune. 9 December 2010. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  2. Asomiya: Handpicked Fictions. Katha. 1 January 2003. p. 196. ISBN 978-81-87649-42-7.
  3. "Chameli's Saab returns to inaugurate film festival: Show organised at George Baker's request". The Telegraph. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  4. "23rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  5. "Chameli Memsaab at 44th International Film Festival of India in Goa". India Tea. 10 November 2013. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
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