Om Books International
|Number of Pages||240 Pages|
Half a century after its release, the cinematic appeal of Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) has not only endured but continues to grow. Central to its fame perhaps is the tour de force performance from Hindi cinema's foremost tragedienne, Meena Kumari, in the award-winning role of Chhoti Bahu, a woman defiantly struggling against a life of material privilege but personal desolation. Directed by the renowned writer, Abrar Alvi, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, adapted from Bimal Mitra's eponymous Bengali novel, Shaheb Bibi Golam, intrepidly explores the layered relationship that develops between Chhoti Bahu, a neglected, cloistered housewife, and Bhootnath, her male confidante, against the backdrop of late 19th-century feudal Calcutta. The film addresses complex interpersonal relationships with a wealth of subtlety and grace and throws light upon the exigencies of life for those under the yoke of the zamindari system in British India.
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: The Original Screenplay seeks to archive the screenplay of this seminal film. It also explores the behind-the-scenes processes of creative filmmaking through interviews with the film's cast and crew and incorporates analytical essays from authors Dinesh Raheja and Jitendra Kothari that bring into focus Guru Dutt's preoccupation with the themes of loss, longing and platonic friendships, and delineate his enduring fascination for bygone eras.
About the Author
Dinesh Raheja has been writing on cinema for over 25 years. He is currently the Editor of Bollywood News Service. In his long and prolific career as a writer, he has worked as the Editor of Movie magazine (1988-1999), been a columnist for Sunday Mid-day, Channel Editor of India Today's online film section and written scripts for television. Raheja has also authored two books on cinema. The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema (1996) and Indian Cinema, The Bollywood Saga (2004). Jitendra Kothari is the Deputy Editor of &Arwood News Service. A passionate film archivist and film historian. Jitendra has co-authored The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema and Indian Cinema, The Bollywood Saga with Dinesh Raheja. His career milestones include his tenure as Deputy Editor of Movie magazine, scripting the BBC TV show,"Film India" and a two year stint for the film section of India Today online.