The servant of a wealthy family in Calcutta, Bhoothnath develops a special relationship with his employer’s wife, Chhoti Bahu. As Chhoti Bahu grows increasingly depressed, Bhoothnath watches helplessly as the family destroys itself from within.
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I think one of the ironies of the film is that, inspite of its feminist theme, Chhoti Bahu's insistence on pleasing her husband seems pretty conservative today - though it fits her character, and the social milieu she lived in, quite well. All said, an haunting elegy for a time that has passed. Would accompany The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance or The Magnificent Ambersons well as a double-bill.