Saheb Bibi Golam

Saheb Bibi Golam is a 1953 Bengali novel written by Bimal Mitra (19121991) and is set in Calcutta, India during the last years of the nineteenth century.[1]

Saheb Bibi Golam (King, Queen and Knave)
AuthorBimal Mitra
Media typePrint (Hardback)

The novels tells the story of the sumptuous lifestyle and the decay of a feudal family. It is the story of Pateshwari aka Chhoto Bou, a woman who wants to experience romance, to be a real wife, to invent for herself and live a new kind of conjugality. But the book also tells the story of Calcutta, now Kolkata, and of all the people who lived there.


The novel was adapted into Bengali film, Saheb Bibi Golam (King, Queen, Knave) in 1956, starring Sumitra Devi, Uttam Kumar and Chhabi Biswas.[2] A Hindi version, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam released in 1962 starring Meena Kumari, Rehman and Guru Dutt among others, went on to become a huge hit.[3]


The title Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is translated in English as King, Queen and Knave. The literal meaning comes from playing cards.


  1. Das, Sisir Kumar (1991). History of Indian Literature: 1911-1956, struggle for freedom : triumph and tragedy. Sahitya Akademi. ISBN 9788172017989.
  2. "Saheb Bibi Golam (1956) -". Cinestaan. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  3. "Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam 1962". The Hindu. 30 August 2008.
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