Ankhon mein kya ji – Asha/Kishore – S D Burman – Dev/Kalpana | Nau Do Gyarah (1957)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1957 mystery movie Nau Do Gyarah (Nine Two Eleven meaning to run away in Hindi) directed by late Vijay Anand (debut) and produced by late Dev Anand under the banner of Nav Ketan. The movie starred Dev Anand, Kalpana Kartik, late Madan Puri, Shashikala, late Jeevan, late Lalita Pawar, Krishan Dhawan, etc.

Madan Gopal (Dev Anand) is thrown out of his house for non-payment of rent. He visits his friend, who has been helping him to collect his mail. Madan finds a letter from his uncle Manoharlal. The older man had written that he will be leaving 1.1 million rupees to Madan. Originally, the recipient was the older man’s sister-in-law’s son Kuldeep (Krishan Dhawan). Kuldeep is a man of bad character. Therefore, Manoharlal had decided to transfer all his money to Madan.

Madan immediately leaves Delhi for Bombay (Mumbai now) in a truck, which he buys out of loan money. On the way, his friend pulls him into a wedding. While the 2 are discussing the wedding, the bride Raksha (Kalpana Kartik) hears the conversation. Also, a friend of hers, after eavesdropping a conversation between the groom Surjit (Jeevan) and her father, tells her that the man is not the right choice for her. The groom was demanding more cash in dowry. When Madan tells his friend that if he were the girl, he would have run away, she also decides to do the same. She hides in Madan’s truck.

Raksha has already disguised herself as a Sikh boy with the false name of Sardar Nihal Singh. When Madan discovers ‘him’, both of them quarrel continuously. However, Madan is compelled to take ‘him’ with him because the Sikh boy has all that he needs in the journey – money, water and food. Soon, ‘Sardar Nihal Singh’ is exposed and Madan finds out that ‘he’ is actually a girl. Though Madan does not know her past, both fall in love with each other. But, he keeps teasing her many times as thief. Raksha was unhappy in the marriage, but finds happiness, while traveling with Madan.

En route Raksha feels hungry. They have finished their reserve food. Madan takes her into the roadside forest and gets some vegetables and fruits. When she has had too much radish, she requires water. They go looking for it and find a well. But, there is neither a bucket nor rope. They stay at this place for the night and sing this song.

Song: The music of this song was given by late S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by late Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The girl asks a few questions to the man and he replies. It is clear that they are in love with each other.

Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra. Dance choreography is by Zohra Saigal-Surya Kumar.

The video opens with Kalpana Kartik beginning the alaap. Dev Anand begins to whistle. She begins the song with a question. He replies and the question-answer session goes on until the end of the song. He covers her face with the edge of her sari. She rhythmically runs away from him. He climbs on the edge of the well and walks on it. He is about to fall in and he jumps toward her. He hugs her, immediately. She shyly pushes him away and moves away to continue singing.

He tries to catch hold of her hand, which she pulls away. She performs a few dance steps. He climbs up on a lookout post and jumps on some haystack. Some of the hay falls on her. She goes to the lookout post and sits there. He follows her. Soon, they are sitting back to back on the lookout post. He gets some water from the well by using their flask and goes back to sit beside her. Their legs are seen from below the lookout post. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was given by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle, while the onscreen performances are by Dev Anand and Kalpana Kartik.

Cultural Influence: Due to filmi circumstances, both the hero and the heroine fall in love with each other. The song involves love and teasing between them. Though the video is overtly filmi, it can be watched for the artists and the melodious song.

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