Gairon pe karam – Lata Mangeshkar – Ravi – Mala Sinha | Ankhen (1968)


Movie: This song appears in 1968 Sagar Art International’s hit spy thriller Ankhen (The Eyes) directed and produced by Ramanand Sagar. The movie starred Dharmendra, Mala Sinha, late Lalita Pawar, late Jeevan, late Madan Puri, late Mahmood, late Dhumal, 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. After an associate is shot dead, Sunil Mehra (Dharmendra) has to 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. He talks about the time he had gone to Japan for training in a flashback.

In Beirut, Sunil meets Meenakshi again and even, another female admirer Princess Zenab (Zeb Rehman). When Meenakshi sees him with Zenab in a party, she sings this song.

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

The girl says, “You are showering your affection on others and ignoring your loved ones. Don’t perform this torture on us.”

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

The video opens with some girls performing in Arabian belly dance style. The music has already begun. Madhumati and another female dancer are dancing on the floor. Dharmendra offers a glass of wine to Zeb Rehman and she takes it. They click their glasses with each other. Mala Sinha begins the song. Mala Sinha begins to move in rhythm with the song.

Sujit Kumar is drinking from a goblet. Zeb Rehman smiles. She jumps down from the bar stool and her shawl slips off her shoulder. Dharmendra adjusts it for her. Mala Sinha sings about it. Dharmendra takes his hands away hesitantly. Dharmendra and Zeb Rehman move away to another place on the dance floor. Mala Sinha continues with the song. The video ends with the song.

Artists: The playback singer is Lata Mangeshkar and Mala Sinha performs onscreen with Dharmendra, Zeb Rehman, Sujit Kumar and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical item song of today’s times performed by the heroine. The song and the artists are good. The video is worth watching for the same.


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