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Sahib Bibi Aur Gulam And Cut

Still of 'The Scene'
Choti Bahu (Meena Kumari) summons Bhootnath (Guru Dutt), he must accompany her to a nearby shrine, she wants to pray for her paralytic husband who has now asked her to give up drinking. There might still be some hope. They get into a buggy and are on their way into the night. The camera focuses on two and in the background a song plays in the voice of  Hemant Kumar. Somewhere in the song a desolant Choti Bahu gently  puts her head in Bhootnath's lap, the audience suddenly goes ecstatic, there is much hooting, whistling, and catcalls. Minutes later, Choti Bahu is again murdered, this time by goons of her husband's elder brother. Scenes of  pandemonium are repeated by audiences in theaters all across the country while watching that scene in Sahib Bibi Aur Gulam (1962). They see something explicit in this scene from a film full of subtleties. An embarrassed director of the film, Abrar Alvi cuts the particular scene from the film. In the process, the song also gets cut. In the version now available, we only see the two talking. No song.
There are still people out there looking for the ureleased song 'Sahil Ki Taraf Kashti Le Chal' sung by Hemant Kumar for Sahib Bibi Aur Gulam.

The scene as it was finally kept in the film, without the song:

Hemant Kumar later re-used the tune of that ureleased song for the song 'Ya Dil ki Suno' in film Anupama (1966). A version of the song is available on amazon but in someone else's voice. At least Shakeel Badayuni's lyrics did survive.



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