Mutthi Bhar Chawal

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Mutthi Bhar Chawal
Directed bySangeeta
Written bySyed Noor
Screenplay byRajinder Singh Bedi
Story byRajinder Singh Bedi
Based onEk Chadar Maili Si
by Rajinder Singh Bedi
CinematographyAzhar Burki
Edited byZ.A. Zulfi
Music byKamal Ahmed
Release date

Mutthi Bhar Chawal (A Handful of Rice) is a 1978 Pakistani classical Urdu film based on a short novel of Rajinder Singh Bedi, Ek Chadar Maili Si.[1] Directed by Sangeeta and composed by Kamal Ahmed, it features Sangeeta, Nadeem Baig, Kaveeta, Shehla Gill, Rahat Kazmi, and Ghulam Mohiuddin in lead roles. It is one of the greatest hits of Sangeeta and debut film of Syed Noor as a screenwriter.[2]

The film is about a village life and struggle of a family to survive after father dies and a village woman becomes widowed as a result.[3] It is one of the Pakistani films with the maximum number of awards won, including five Nigar Awards.[4] BBC Urdu made it in the list of 10 Best selected Pakistani cinema films.[5]


A Sikh woman Rani/Rano lives in East Punjab with her in-laws. When Rano suddenly becomes widowed after her husband dies in a horse and carriage accident, she struggles to raise her children. Her in-laws come with a marriage proposal and forcibly ask her to marry Rano's brother-in-law Mangal who is in love with a vegetable seller's daughter, Lajjo and is much younger than her and who always saw her as a sister-in-law.[4]



The film was remade as a television series with same title, directed by Sangeeta and aired in 2008.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Awardee Nominated work Result Ref.
1978 Nigar Awards Best film Mutthi Bhar Chawal Mutthi Bhar Chawal Won [4][7]
Best Director Sangeeta
Best Actress Sangeeta
Best Editing Z.A. Zulfi
Best Supporting Actress Shehla Gill
Best Special Performance Ghulam Mohiuddin


  1. ^ "Remembering Rajinder Singh Bedi". Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  2. ^ Ali, Mohammad (24 November 2016). "Lok Virsa To Screen Film Mutthi Bhar Chawal On Nov 26". UrduPoint. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  3. ^ Hayward, S. (2002). Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts. Routledge Key Guides. Taylor & Francis. p. 426. ISBN 978-1-134-58790-2. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Gul, Aijaz (24 November 2016). "Mandwa to screen 'Muthi Bhar Chawal' on 26th - Islamabad". The News International. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  5. ^ "فلمی نقاد اعجاز گُل کی منتخب کردہ دس بہترین پاکستانی فلمیں". BBC News اردو (in Urdu). 5 September 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  6. ^ "سنگیتا اپنی فلم "مٹھی بھر چاول "پر ٹی وی ڈرامہ بنانے کی تیاری میں مصروف" (in Urdu). 5 August 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  7. ^ Swami ji (24 November 2017). "Pakistan's "Oscars"; The Nigar Awards". Hot Spot Film Reviews website. Archived from the original on 13 June 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2022.

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