Ankhon mein masti sharab ki – Talat Mahmood – Salil Chaudhury – Sunil Dutt | Chhaya (1961)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1961 AVM Production’s family drama Chhaya (Shadow), produced by A V Meiyappan and directed by the legendary Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The star-cast included late Sunil Dutt, Asha Parekh, late Nirupa Roy, late Nazir Hussain, late Lalita Pawar and Mohan Choti.
Manorama (Nirupa Roy) goes to Lucknow with her infant daughter after her husband’s death, searching for her maternal uncle. Then she finds that her uncle had sold the house and expired. At that time, she does not know what to do and has nowhere to go.
Her daughter becomes sick because of the lack of nutritious food and shelter. Desperately, since she does not have any other alternative, she leaves her at the entrance of a wealthy man Seth Jagatnarayan’s (Nazir Hussain) house. Having no children Jagatnarayan adopts her and calls her Sarita. Manorama comes to the man’s home after a few days and gets the job of her own daughter’s nanny.
Jagatnarayan decides to go to Bombay (Mumbai now) to start a new life and hide the fact that Sarita was an adopted child. Manorama accompanies them to the new city. There they are joined by his cousin sister (Lalita Pawar) and naïve son Lali (Mohan Choti).
Sarita grows up and becomes a carefree, beautiful and intelligent young girl under the care of her father and nanny. A poor young man, Arun (Sunil Dutt) is appointed as a tutor for Sarita. Sarita is a fan of the poet Rahee, which is actually the pen name of Arun. Sarita wants to meet her idol and Arun says that he is his best friend but would never help her meet him. Sarita finds another way to meet him, i.e. through her friend, Jia. Jia’s uncle (Asit Sen) happens to be the publisher of a magazine in which Arun writes as Rahee. One day, Sarita is told to meet Rahee on the beach. She gives Arun the excuse of a friend’s birthday for going out. And when he arrives he hides behind a tree. That is when he sings this song.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Rajinder Kishen and music was composed by Salil Chaudhury.
The man praises the girl that he considers her as a delicate petal of a rose, which has fallen into his lap. He describes her eyes as intoxicating. Her hair is akin to the night of youth.
Video: Cinematography is by Jaywant Pathare and T.B. Seetaram.
The video opens with Asha Parekh looking around gracefully and in rhythm with the music, which has already begun. Sunil Dutt is standing behind a hut. When she comes around it to the front, he has left the place. He also begins the song. She runs around in the entire place looking for him.
She knows that he is praising her. So she smiles happily. She sees a glimpse of him and runs toward him. He keeps running away from her. She enjoys the song leaning on the trunk of a coconut palm. The song peters out and the video ends there.
Artists: The playback singers are Talat Mahmood. Onscreen performances are by Asha Parekh and Sunil Dutt.
Cultural Influence: This filmi romantic song is an affirmation of the hero’s love for his fan and the heroine. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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