Ae meri aankhon ke pahle sapne – Lata/Mukesh – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Sanjeev Kumar/Waheeda Rehman | Man Mandir (1971)

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This song appears at least twice in this movie in happy and sad versions. I have chosen the happy version.

Movie: This song appears in 1971 family drama Man Mandir (The Temple of the Heart) directed by Tapi Chanakya and produced by Sudesh Kumar under the banner of Vijayashree Pictures. The movie starred late Sanjeev Kumar, Waheeda Rehman, Rakesh Roshan, Sudesh Kumar, late David, late Mahmood, late Manorama, etc.

Deepak (Sanjeev Kumar) and his sister Laxmi (Kanchan) were orphaned at a young age and live in a poor locality. Deepak is a taxi-driver and they live with his earnings. He marries Krishna (Waheeda Rehman) and who brings into the house her brother Ramu (Rakesh Roshan), as well.

One day, jeweler Shyamlal (David) is compelled to take a taxi and he hails Deepak’s cab. The older man leaves his bag filled with a lot of cash in the taxi while returning home. Deepak sincerely returns the money and the older man is impressed. Soon, Ramu steals a gold necklace from his sister and sells it at, coincidently, Shyamlal’s shop. Shyamlal brings the necklace to Deepak and informs him about how it came to be with him.

Within a few days, Shyamlal decides to marry Laxmi to his son Shankarlal (Sudesh Kumar) and tells Deepak about it. When Deepak brings this news home, he also hears that his wife is pregnant with his child. It is at this time that Krishna sings this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Rajinder Kishan.

This is a lullaby sung, by a mother, for her unborn child.

Video: Cinematography is by Jal Mistry.

The video opens with Waheeda Rehman placing her head on Sanjeev Kumar’s hand, which contained flowers. She also touches his feet. He smiles. He throws the flowers away, which fall on a calendar picture of an infant. Waheeda Rehman begins the song. The next shot is that of a small metal idol of Lord Krishna inside a small metal swing being moved to and fro.

Sanjeev Kumar smiles again. He tries to pull her close to him. But, she looks around and tries to move away. She drives him away from the room. She places her cheek on the calendar image with the baby. Sanjeev Kumar feels happy listening to the song. Waheeda Rehman lies on the bed while singing. She gets up and continues the song.

Sanjeev Kumar joins in. Rakesh Roshan and Kanchan help him to make a temporary swing with a cloth and a rope. Kanchan places a doll inside the swing. Waheeda Rehman drives away both Rakesh Roshan and Kanchan in mock anger. Sanjeev Kumar and Waheeda Rehman move the swing as if it contained a baby already. They are sitting on the floor.

He places his head on her lap. The video ends when Sanjeev Kumar falls asleep on Waheeda Rehman’s lap.

Artists: The playback singers of this song are Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh and the onscreen performances are by Sanjeev Kumar, Waheeda Rehman, Rakesh Roshan and Kanchan.

Cultural Influence: Sanjeev Kumar and Waheeda Rehman are expecting their first child in the movie. They sing about the landmark occasion in their life. The song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable repeatedly for the song and the artists.

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