Bahu Begum – Starring Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari and Pradeep Kumar

Bahu Begum

Bahu Begum – Starring Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari and Pradeep Kumar
Bahu Begum” would not rank among the best of Meena Kumari films. She was 35, not at the peak of her career, and certainly not aspiring for recognition. She had four Filmfare awards to her credit by then, but this movie did not really do justice to her colossal reputation.

Meena Kumari had to share the screen with stalwarts like Ashok Kumar and Pradeep Kumar even though the script revolved around her character. Her emotional attachment to a young nawab (Pradeep Kumar) predictably reaches its desired destination but not before an older nawab (Ashok Kumar) makes a supreme sacrifice.

“Bahu Begum” could certainly boast of good acting and music. Roshan comes up with some soul-stirring numbers. The dialogues are not as ornate as one would expect in an Urdu-influenced script but the Muslim ambience has been captured aesthetically. The film opens to a song, with petite girls on a swing, with Zeenat Jahan (Meena Kumari) as the cynosure, and progresses at a steady pace in keeping with the trend in the ‘60s. Meena Kumari walks into the role comfortably. In a most dignified portrayal of a woman troubled by circumstances, she leaves a mark on the audience.

Her acting is controlled, intense at times, graceful when dealing with grave situations. M. Sadiq, who directed classics like “Noorjehan”, “Taj Mahal” and “Chaudhvin Ka Chand”, manages to keep the viewer engaged in what was to be his last movie.

Music remains the strong point of this movie with Roshan and Sahir weaving magic in numbers like “Hum Intezaar Karenge Tera Qayamat Tak”, sung movingly by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle, not to forget “Duniya Kare Sawal To Hum” by Lata Mangeshkar. Two dance numbers by Helen, however, are jarring in the film’s context. Nawab Yusuf (Pradeep Kumar) takes a liking to Zeenat and loses little time in proposing and efforts get underway for their wedding. Acchhan (Johnny Walker) is the messenger for Nawab Yusuf, who, unfortunately, is oblivious of the evil designs of one his uncles. The cunning uncle draws a devious plot which sets up Zeenat’s wedding with Nawab Sikandar Mirza (Ashok Kumar). On the day of nikaah, she discovers the truth and makes a desperate attempt to meet Nawab Yusuf, who happens to be away, dispatched out of town by his uncle. Zeenat seeks solace at a dargah, where she collapses. Back home, her nikaah is performed in her absence and in bizarre circumstances when one of her friends sighs, the qazi takes it as acceptance. Nawab Sikandar Mirza is shattered when he receives an empty palanquin in his house. The secret is shared by the nawab with his sister (Naaz). Elsewhere, Zeenat lands at a courtesan’s place but is protected by the kind-hearted Nazeeran Bai (Lalita Pawar). In the most memorable moment of the film, Lalita Pawar gives a sterling performance in the scene when she banishes a wild client who eyes Zeenat. Such moments of powerful acting, however, are rare in this movie.

Circumstances lead Zeenat back to Sikandar Mirza and the two unite when the latter, on knowing the truth, burns his haveli and perishes in the fire. People come to believe that Zeenat, the Bahu Begum, also is dead. The movie ends with Zeenat and Nawab Yusuf leaving in a tonga. Pradeep Kumar and Ashok Kumar, who incidentally never come face to face in this movie, play characters that remain second fiddle to the protagonist. Johnny Walker is outstanding, so is Lalita Pawar in a cameo.

Not the best of films given the fabulous star cast, but compelling still.


  1. Salim
    July 11, 2009 at 2:46 AM

    Ah, I really really enjoyed reading this review. Bahu Begum is a movie I enjoyed, particularly due to Meena Kumari and the music. There is an old-fashioned charm that makes the film rather enchanting.
    Bheegi Raat however, was a film with the same cast, and also great songs by Roshan, but was horrible!

Page 1 of 1

Post Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

there generic viagra cialis generico usa 10 mg nolvadex effectiveness propecia 1mg order apo tetracycline 250 mg generic cialis when generic propecia ireland 99cent generic cialis cialis 20mg pricing free lasix online generic celebrex 200 mg genericos para viagra 50 mg of doxycycline metformin hcl850mg prednisone 15mg 5ml ultrafarma nexium 40mg cheap cialis europe 150 mg of diflucan uso cialis generico 10mg lexapro cost viagra cheap uk 15 count 50mg viagra 40 mg cialis australia zovirax 200 mg uses provera 10 mg clomid australia generic viagra cipro 100 mg im augmentin es 600 mgs synthroid 150 mg buy doxycycline jakarta preis levitra 5 mg online viagra consultation metformin 500mg hydrochloride hydrochlorothiazide 6 mg lasix m 20 mg prednisone 10mg instructions zithromax buy cheap cialis 10 mg ausreichend starting zoloft 50 mg xenical 100 mg doxycycline 100 mg orally cialis 5 mg directions 25 mgs zoloft buy discount levitra levitra buy montenegro nexium 80 mg dosage generic cialis 20 mg 75 mg wellbutrin generic doxycycline walmart levitra 40mg generic lexapro 70mg discount levitra online clomid buy cheap propranolol 10 mg posologia augmentin tab 875mg sildenafil generic viagra viagra cheap where propecia order sales propranolol 10mg opinie 40 mg lexapro dose cialis 200mg or100 pret diflucan 200 mg lexapro generic available cialis orosolubile generico augmentin syrup 125mg metformin eg 850mg viagra online amex 1000 mg wellbutrin prednisone 10 mg indicaciones cialis 5 mg enough super cheap viagra nexium 40mg reviews levitra presciptions online diflucan 50mg cheapest 100 milligram viagra augmentin 500 mg indications wellbutrin xl 300mg diflucan dosage mg viagra online cost metformin 500 mg pricing buy online viagra overview diflucan 150 mg generic viagra cipra doxycycline 100 mg infection prednisone taper 10 mg levitra generico 10 mg buying diflucan online nexium 20 mg generico synthroid 0.88 mg 100 mg of lisinopril viagra 25mg dose generic viagra 123 reviews levitra cheap usa wellbutrin 150 mg cost generic propecia review generic 100 mg viagra prednisone overdose 40 mg kauf viagra online buy levitra 120 pills wellbutrin 100 mg daily generic priligy 60 mg buy viagra savannakhet viagra generico nombre prednisone 5mg chien buy propecia .25mg medicament levitra 20 mg cipla 150 mg viagra nexium esomeprazole 20 mg cheap genaric viagra .58 nexium 40 mg ingredients strattera 18 mg cena clomid 25 mg online tab amoxil 500 mg glucophage 500 mg spc reviews clomid online celebrex 100 mg caps 20 mg clomid pills cialis 10mg vaikutusaika buy xenical sydney emivita cialis 5 mg zithromax 250 mg malaysia metformin 250 mg xr taking 20mg cialis phenergan 150mg wellbutrin 20 mg priligy 30 mg preis buy generic doxycycline lasix 80 mg qd 300mg viagra generic viagra fda cialis de5mg kamagra gel 5 mg buy cheapest prednisone buy kamagra spain viagra 25mg testimoni clomid generic manufacturers 1000 mg er metformin viagra buy toronto nexium granule generic propranolol 5 mg doses buy doxycycline fish amoxil 500mg dosage ordering wellbutrin online tetracycline capsules 250mg viagra 100mg phiser 500 mg wellbutrin 0.25 mg lexapro forum cialis generic best viagra gold 1000 mg zoloft 50 mg uses cialis europa online augmentin xr 1000mg doxycycline 100 mg pch buy doxycycline 500mg cheap 100 mg clomid buy viagra jordan lisinopril 10 mg wikipedia viagra 50 oder 100 mg buy viagra luxembourg order phenergan codeine buy viagra mumbai dosierung xenical 120 mg viagra generic safe lexapro 30 mgs levitra 5mg enough levitra online tricare lily cialis 100mg order cipro online cialis 10 mg buy cytotec canada viagra 50 mg filmtabl nexium tab 40 mg lexapro 10 mg bijsluiter lasix online uk generic zovirax online cialis generico sevilla cialis 10 mg 4 comprimidos buying viagra stores 100g zithromax order dapoxetine buy usa strattera 80 mgs prednisone 10 mg treatment acheter cialis 5mg cialis 2.5mg citalopram ajanta generic viagra xenical 120 mg buy viagra 3000mg xenical 120 mg testberichte 2.5 mg lisinopril kamagra 120 mg 20mg cialis worth buy sildenafil viagra 500mg cipro toothache generic viagra best buying real viagra cheap levitra plus valtrex uk buy levitra 20 mg dosage metformin orifarm 850 mg buy valtrex cheap buy doxycycline chlamydia generic valtrex costco prescription viagra online cialis 5mg cmi diflucan 150 mg capsule buy amoxil 50 mg viagra 25 mg satis order nolvadex australia prednisone 5mg uses cialis cost 10mg new lexapro generic buy viagra toronto xenical 120 mg diet viagra store online cipro 500 mg prostat viagra online cheapest viagra cheap europe generic 40 mg levitra 40mg cialis cheap cialis 10mg. daily zithromax 500mg cena buy cheap bactrim viagra buy netherlands nexium 40 mg ampolla efectos viagra 100mg cialis 5 mg cpr 28 propecia london buy herbal viagra dapoxetine 60 mg tablets generic cialis everyday 4000 mg valtrex buy kamagra pound viagra online cluj metformin generic glucophage levitra generico colombia cialis 5mg precio online propecia uk 90 wellbutrin xl 300mg cheap kamagra paypal cialis mexico online nolvadex buy steroids viagra de 50mg 100mg of clomid viagra generic review everyday cialis generic cialis price online diflucan 150mg dosage metformin 500 mg emagrece existe priligy generico nolvadex 10mg tablets levitra 5 mg pret propranolol mg dosage cialis black 100mg dapril lisinopril 20mg cheap male viagra cheap cialis sale thuoc glucophage 1000mg lexapro 10 mg 14 comprimidos valtrex 500mg dose prednisone 1000mg cialis 2.5 mg prices metformin 500 mg espanol 20mg prednisone euphoria augmentin suspension 600 mg buy viagra macau illegal generic viagra augmentin 400 mg posologia celebrex 400 mg daily buy viagra manhattan buy nolvadex 20mg cheap cialis pills levitra 5 mg kullanimi nexium 40 mg presentacion kamagra 100mg forum phenergan generic price diflucan pills online generic viagra 25 mg viagra cpr 50 mg cheap cialis online .50 amoxil amoxicilina 500 mg cialis 20mg asda buy female cialis buy lasix 40 mastercard cialis online merck glucophage 500 mg prednisone 10mg allergy diflucan 40mg order lasix 500 mg viagra 150 mg tablets buy zithromax store 20 mg generic cialis cialis 5mg ussa augmentin 625 mg dosierung cialis online discoun generico synthroid merck 2 20 mg cialis tablets lisinopril 05mg efectos prednisone dosage 10mg order doxycycline 100mg viagra brazil generic augmentin 500 mg dose cialis dose 100 mg to buy dapoxetine bactrim generic pills lexapro generic purchase levitra 10mg erfahrungen xenical 120 mg beipackzettel cialis soft generic propecia buying online metformin 500 mg hcl levitra prescriptions online xenical online portugal generic cialis greece zovirax buy online 40 mg of lasix irbesartan hydrochlorothiazide 150 mg la kamagra 150mg cheapest propecia generic 360 twins clomid 150mg reliable cialis generic cost nexium 20mg prednisone 20mg information tab erythromycin 500 mg order levitra tablets xenical buy uk levitra 10 mg kaina order zovirax uk buy cialis urope stopping 10mg prednisone cialis 20 mg awp levitra mgs cheap doxycycline online xenical online de lisinopril 5 mg drug viagra online hrvatska zoloft generic 50mg lasix 120 mg cialis 10 mg canada xenical online nz metformin 500 mg stada testing generic viagra 40 mg nolvadex lasix 20 mg dosage buy 100 mg clomid cialis cut 20mg uk viagra orders prednisone 20 mg cialis 50mg buy buy pfizer viagra 45 viagra 100 mg cheap cipro 125 mg viagra sale 25mg viagra genericos intercambiables cheap viagra viagra generic wellbutrin teva nolvadex 20 mg dosage doxycycline online yahoo strattera mg doses propranolol retard 40 mg diflucan mg levitra online schweiz bactrim 800 mg uti viagra 100mg china metformin mylan 500 mg cvs generic cialis prices cialis 20mg viagra 50 mg bula kamagra 100mg oral trouble viagra online lisinopril mylan generic augmentin 875 mg dawkowanie cialis 20mg nz propranolol 120 mg daily cialis 10 mg fta lexapro 10mg price nexium 40 mg india cialis 2.5 mg appearance lexapro 75mg tab clomid 0.1 mg buying propranolol clomid generic philippines buy prednisone 20 mg 20mg lexapro effects 8 levitra 20 mg cheap lisinopril cipro xl 1000 mg nexium 40 mg oral buy 1 viagra pill buy viagra adelaide doxycycline 100mg dosering boots xenical 120 mg buy viagra alternative viagra genuine cheap 90 mg prednisone cialis 100mg generic lisinopril acost 20 mg zovirax 800mg hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg india augmentin 625 mg ingredients prednisone 10mg cold online viagra seized levitra prices generic amoxil 12h 400 mg canadian viagra 100mg 10 mg cialis walmart fungsi zithromax 500 mg lexapro and generics generic cialis secure buying viagra inline lexapro 10 mg api viagra professional cheapest order msd propecia bactrim 320 mg lexapro generic alternatives prednisolone 20 mg levofloxacin prednisone 40 mg taper online clomid safe kamagra online romania viagra online business lexapro escitalopram 10mg mrsa 100mg doxycycline buy prednisone cheap tab viagra 100mg buy viagra liquid viagra 50mg effect cheap levitra 10mg buy 150mg clomid cialis 36 hr mg buy zithromax 1 gm levitra 10 mg opinie notice cialis 10mg nexium 40mg 20mg buy doxycycline hyc augmentin o generico cialis 20 mg spezzare dapoxetine 60 mg online cialis 20mg splitting viagra buy sample synthroid brand generic viagra online spain cialis 5mg filmtabletten propranolol 240 mg clomid 100mg cheap xenical apotheke online cialis 5 mg benefici lisinopril generics synthroid generic image levitra venda online propecia mg 1 generic cipro 600mg augmentin 500 mg generic gebrauchsanweisung viagra 100mg lasix 20 mg cena doxycycline 100 mg uk 10mg cialis tablets order diflucan pill generic viagra coupon strattera generic india order nexium 40 mg buy teva lexapro amoxil pediatrico 250 mg generic of glucophage doxycycline 50mg dogs 150 mg phenergan generic lexapro formula generic cialis black glucophage generic brand 150 mg clomid pcos celebrex 200 mg dosis kamagra 160mg super uso celebrex 200 mg doxycycline dosage 400 mg nolvadex de 10 mg diflucan 150 mg prijs nexium 10 mg results cialis tadalafil 2.5 mg buy lexapro 20mg indian viagra generic lisinopril dosage 20 mg prednisone online canada viagra generic hersteller online chat viagra rx valtrex online cheap daily cialis generico viagra barato amoxil 500 mg cena cialis cheapsarasotafl amoxil 0.5mg viagra buy germany online pharmacies viagra order clomid pct nexium 40 mg venda buy generic buspar zithromax 500 mg 2 tablets buy bayer levitra cialis tablets 100 mg cheapest viagra generic xenical cheap forum order 100mmg. viagra diflucan fluconazol 150 mg