#24 #Scriptors100BestFilms It is said that after the failure of #Kaaghazkephool #GuruDutt decided to quit direction, his long awaited dream to make the movie Saahib, Bibi aur Ghulam based on Bimal Mitra’s Bengali novel took a backseat. It was then that his friend #AbraarAlvi stepped in to make Saahib Bibi aur Ghulam, which now has a cult status in the history of Indian Cinema.
Making of this movie is a whole other screenplay for another movie, we shall talk about it in a separate feature, however lets know why is Sahib Bibi Ghulam, one of the best we have seen in Indian Cinema.
Storywise its tale of decaying feudalism paralleled by the downward-spiral of a zamindar’s neglected wife. A classic black and white that was hailed for the seminal, stunning performance of #MeenaKumari as the alcoholic Chhoti Bahu, #Rahman as a spoilt alcoholic zamindaar, #Gurudutt as naive Bhoothnath and #WaheedaRahman as Charming yet highly liberated girl Jaba.
Its stunning cinematography, blazing dialogues and some of the most well composed music makes it unforgettable. Many of the songs are said to have been shot by Gurudutt himself.There’s an quality to the structure of the film, all the rhythms of grand tragedy deftly woven into its fabric. #VKMurthy‘s cinematography heightens the mood of melancholy and presentiment. Saheb Bibi aur Ghulam has been studied by film students everywhere. Excellent play of light and shadow by the cinematographer, and the small background sounds. Period sets and costumes, and silence with understated understandings and emotions.
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam was the fourth Indian film to be sent to the Oscars. Surprisingly it is said that Guru Dutt received a letter from the Academy berating him for portrayal of an alcoholic wife/woman, saying a woman who drinks was not a permissible taboo in their culture.
This film won four Filmfare awards (Best Actress, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Film) and was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
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