Tujhko rakhe Ram tujhko Allah rakhe – Asha/Manna/Mahmood – Ravi – Mala Sinha | Ankhen (1968)

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Movie: This song appears in 1968 hit spy thriller Ankhen (The Eyes) produced and directed by Ramanand Sagar under the banner of Sagar Arts. The movie starred Dharmendra, Mala Sinha, late Lalita Pawar, late Mahmood, late Dhumal, late Jeevan, late Madan Puri, Kumkum, etc.

The movie is set in the post-independence India, which is facing terrorist attacks in Assam, resulting in several casualties and deaths. Some concerned citizens, not working with the government, come together to do something to stop the bloodshed. Salim is working in Beirut for the same purpose, but he is found out and shot dead. Sunil Mehra (Dharmendra) must travel to Beirut to take over. His sister Sunanda (Kumkum), while conversing with him, gets him to reveal that there was a girl, Meenakshi Mehta (Mala Sinha), who would admire him. In a flashback, he reveals what had happened when he had gone for training to Japan.

In Beirut, he meets Meenakshi again and even, another female admirer Princess Zenab (Zeb Rehman). The terrorists are headed by a man called Syed (Sajjan). Syed sends one of his assistants Madame (Lalita Pawar) to spy on Sunil’s father Diwan Chand Mehra (Nazir Hussain) by posing as Diwan’s daughter Sunanda’s (Kumkum) relative from her husband’s side. Sunanda is forced to obey by abducting her son Babloo (Master Ratan) and holding him captive. Soon enough, Syed and his henchmen find out all the secrets of Diwan and Sunil is trapped to be held by Syed.

Sunil had been operated upon years ago and a transmitter, something like a microchip, had been placed under the skin of his arm. It sent signals to a machine, which Meenakshi had been told about. Meenakshi and 2 other associates – Mahmood (Mahmood) and Dhumal – try to locate Sunil, by posing as beggars. The 3 of them sing this song at this time.

Song: Music for this song was composed by Ravi and the lyrics were written by Sahir Ludhianvi.

This song is typically formatted in the way beggars would request alms. They wish to God for the wellbeing of the people, who give them money.

Video: Cinematography G Singh. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan.

The video opens with a long-haired Mahmood playing the ek tara. Dhumal sitting in a small wooden vehicle plays the flute acting as a lame beggar. Mala Sinha has heavy anklets tied to her wrists and she plays them. Mahmood requests alms from the bystanders. Dhumal tries to locate Dharmendra through the machine to no avail. They go further on the road.

They begin the song. They stop a large car and Mahmood begs from the driver forcefully. The driver leaves. They move further on. They travel in a boat. Dhumal is now up and dancing with Mala Sinha. Mahmood plays the blind beggar now. They also change their dresses in between. Finally, the machine locates Dharmendra and the 3 detectives become excited and dance happily.

Dharmendra is sitting in an underground cell and hears the 3 people, who had come searching for him. He is happy. The video ends with Dharmendra looking up and waiting to be rescued.

Artists: The playback singer is Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey and Mahmood and Mala Sinha performs onscreen with Mahmood and Dhumal. They locate Dharmendra by the end of the song.

Cultural Influence: This is a very significant song in the movie, where detectives disguise as beggars to locate the hero. The song and the artists are good. The video is worth seeing for Mahmood’s comedy.

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