After reading Munshi Premchand's story, Satyajit Ray stood up with a single remark, "Brilliant !". Instantly he decided to bring forth the story on the silver-screen. In view of the plot and theme of the story, it could hardly be made into Bengali, the language Satyajit had made all his immortal classics. But he was not at home in Urdu-based Hindi. Still, he took up the challenge and scripted the story in English. He, however, assigned M.S. Sathyu's wife to script the Hindi dialogues.