Ankhon mein ankhen na dalo – Lata Mangeshkar – Shankar-Jaikishan – Aruna Irani | Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai (1969)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1969 Pramod Films’ romantic drama Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai (Who is as Good as you?) produced and directed by late Pramod Chakraborty. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Babita, late Pran, late Lalita Pawar, late Mahmood, Shobha Khote, Jayanthi, Ulhas, etc.

Ashok (Shammi Kapoor) is in need of money for the surgery of his sister Roopa (Jayanthi) to give her eyesight. He takes on an assignment from Sarojini Devi (Lalita Pawar) for the money she offers and lands in Sundarpur for the assignment. Due to the mischief of some girls, twice he almost gets killed. He meets Mahesh (Mahmood) and they realize that Ashok had come to help Sarojini Devi. Ashok’s job is to make Sarojini Devi’s 2 younger granddaughters that their boyfriends are not worthy of them. He has one more job. He has to convince the eldest granddaughter Asha into marrying the suitor Sarojini Devi had decided for her.

In the process of discouraging one of her sisters’ boyfriends Manmohan (Manmohan), Asha accidentally shoots Ashok. Luckily, the bullets were dummy ones. But, Ashok takes the cue and pretends dead. With help from Mahesh, Asha disposes off Ashok’s ‘body’ in the lake nearby. At night, Mahesh also creates the right eerie atmosphere for Ashok to come in front of Asha as a ghost. Ashok appears from nowhere and through a song convinces Asha for marriage.

Next is Manju (Snehlata). To save her from the clutches of a wayward man Manmohan, Ashok goes to the club where Manmohan keeps a room ready for his nefarious activities. Before Manmohan rapes Manju, Ashok saves her. He also saves Anju (Lata Sinha), from her boyfriend, who has decided to cheat her of all her family jewelry.

All the 3 sisters fall in love with Ashok. But, Manju and Anju observe Asha romancing Ashok and decide to accept him as a brother-in-law. Ashok has also fallen in love with Asha. Soon, Ashok and Asha are seen romancing by Sarojini Devi and she proves to Asha that Ashok had met her for money. At this time Sarojini Devi throws 5 bundles of Rs.5000 currency notes. But, he takes only 3 bundles – i.e. Rs.15000 that he needs for his sister’s eye surgery. Asha is supposed to be the heroine and she is so dumb that she cannot understand that it was not just the money. If it were for money that Ashok had romanced her, he would have taken all the money that the older lady had thrown at him.

When Ashok returns home, he finds that someone had raped his sister and she had committed suicide. He finds a gold chain, which was not there at their home before. In the meantime, Pran (Pran) pretends to have returned from abroad while coming out of prison and meets Asha to find that she is in love with Ashok. Pran and his uncle (Ulhas) plan to tarnish Ashok’s image in front of Asha so that Pran could easily marry her. They enlist the help of Pran’s girlfriend Lily (Aruna Irani).

They send a letter to Ashok that there is a twin gold chain around the neck of a cabaret dancer Lily, like the one he found at home. I wonder how did Pran know that he had raped Roopa, who is Ashok’s sister? Anyways, Ashok reaches the club where Lily performs this dance.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan.

The gist of the song is, “Don’t look into my eyes. I feel something uneasy.”

Video: Cinematography is by late V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with the beginning of the music and Aruna Irani’s dance. She points out to Shammi Kapoor and places her chain in her mouth. She approaches him and dances with his arm on her shoulder. Pran brings Babita to the club. Shammi Kapoor gets up and Aruna Irani moves with him in circles and he almost bumps into Babita.

Shammi Kapoor and Babita look at each other with the remainder of the love they had between them. Pran gestures Aruna Irani to move Shammi Kapoor away from Babita. Shammi Kapoor acts as if he is not interested in Babita and moves along with Aruna Irani as she continues to sing and dance.

Aruna Irani stealthily pulls out the chain in Shammi Kapoor’s pocket. But, she is caught. Ulhas plants a time bomb in a car. Aruna Irani takes Shammi Kapoor all over the dance floor as she is still dancing. The song ends abruptly and the video also ends as Babita approaches Shammi Kapoor to confront him.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Aruna Irani, Shammi Kapoor, Pran, Babita and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi cabaret song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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