Chitralekha is a 1941 Indian Bollywood film, directed by Kidar Sharma and based on 1934 Hindi novel of the same name by Bhagwati Charan Verma. Its music is by noted classical musician Ustad Jhande Khan, giving popular songs like "Sun sun Neelkamal Muskaye," "Saiyyan Saware Bhaye Baware," and "Tum Jao Bde Bhagwan Bane, Insaan Bano."
It was the second-highest grossing Indian film of 1941. Khan used he used classical Ragas like Bhairavi and Asavari to the score making it influential for classical based Hindi film songs. This was the debut of actor Bharat Bhushan, who later achieved fame with Bhaiju Bawra (1952). Sharma cast Mehtab as he felt she was "perfect" for the role of Chitralekha. Mehtab achieved both fame and notierity with the famous bathing scene in the film.
It was remade by Sharma in 1964, also titled Chitralekha, starring Meena Kumari and Ashok Kumar.Miss Mehtab as Chitralekha
Nandrekar as Samant Bijgupt
A.S. Gyani as Kumargiri
Monica Desai as Yashodhara
Ganpatrai Premi as Mrityunjay