Chhoti Bahen

Chhoti Bahen is a 1959 Hindi film that stars Nanda in the title role, Balraj Sahni and Rehman. The movie was a remake of the 1952 Tamil movie En Thangai which was later remade in Kannada in 1967 as Onde Balliya Hoogalu and in Telugu in 1967 as Aada Paduchu.

Chhoti Bahen
Theatrical poster
Directed byPrasad
Screenplay byInder Raj Anand
Story byEn Thangai Natarajan
StarringBalraj Sahni
Music byShankar-Jaikishan
CinematographyDwarka Divecha
Edited byShivaji Awdhut
Distributed byPrasad Productions Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • 6 February 1959 (1959-02-06)
Running time
160 minutes


Rajendra lives a poor lifestyle along with his younger collegian brother Shekhar, as well a younger sister Meena. He is in love with a school-teacher, and both hope to get married after Meena and Shekhar's marriages. Luck shines upon them and Meena's marriage is arranged with Dr. Ramesh, while Shekhar decides to wed Shobha, the only daughter of a wealthy man obsessed with horse-racing. Rajendra mortgages his house with his paternal uncle. Then things turn sour after Meena loses her vision; the wedding gets canceled, and Rajendra is humiliated by Ramesh's dad. Rajendra decides to remain single to look after Meena, and permits Shekhar and Shobha to get married. The marriage takes place, and Shobha moves in. Shortly thereafter misunderstandings crop up, and lead to arguments, with Shekhar and Shobha moving out to live with Shobha's dad. Then Rajendra is fired from his job, his paternal uncle takes over the house, and asks him to leave. Homeless, they turn to Shekhar for help, but he refuses to assist them in any way. Then Rajendra falls ill and gets separated from his sister, while Shekhar takes to horse-racing and alcohol, and a path that will only lead to self-destruction.[1]



Chhoti Bahen
Soundtrack album by
Released31 December 1959
GenreFeature film soundtrack

Music composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and lyrics by Shailendra & Hasrat Jaipuri.

Track list
Track Song Singer(s) Lyric
1 Jaoon Kahan Bata Ae Dil Mukesh Hasrat Jaipuri
2 Main Rangeela Pyar Ka Rahi Lata Mangeshkar & Subir Sen Hasrat Jaipuri
3 Kali Anar Ki Na Itna Satao Asha Bhosle & Manna Dey Hasrat Jaipuri
4 Main Rickshwala Mohd. Rafi Shailendra
5 Yeh Kaisa Nyay Tera Lata Mangeshkar Shailendra
6 Bagon Mein Baharon Mein Lata Mangeshkar Shailendra
7 Badi Door Se Aai Hoon Main Lata Mangeshkar Shailendra
8 Bhaiya Mere Rakhi Ke Bandhan Ko Lata Mangeshkar Shailendra

Awards and nominations


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