Saiyan jhooton ka bada sartaj – Lata Mangeshkar – Vasant Desai – Sandhya | Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957)


Movie: This song appeared in 1957 social drama Do Ankhen Barah Haath (2 Eyes, 12 Hands) produced and directed by V Shantaram. The movie starred V Shantaram, Sandhya, etc.

The classic story is of a young warden Adinath (V Shantaram), who turns 6 dangerous prisoners, released on parole, into good people and all the hardships he had to face in the process. The movie begins with Adinath taking them from prison to Swatantrapur. They reach their destination at night and have food prepared by the guard. The next day, Adinath sees the guard run away and cannot stop him because he is afraid that the men might kill him also.

Adinath begins his day with this prayer as his wards enter the main hall. After the prayers, he takes his wards to the barren grounds surrounding the house and assigns them work. Being murderers, they remember how they had killed their victims, from the tool they get, now, and work with a lot of vengeance. One of them gets irritated by the wire fence and Adinath removes it. When he goes to cook food for them, the men are attracted by a female voice singing this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Bharat Vyas and the music was composed by Vasant Desai.

The girl sings of her beloved, who had lied to her and ditched her, in so many words.

Video: Cinematographer is G Balkrishna-Kirtiwan.

The video opens with the actors playing the roles of the murderers moving about the grounds and are attracted by a female voice singing this song. Sandhya is walking the streets and singing this song. She is carrying some wooden toys in a basket on her head and is playing a stringed musical instrument.

She has tied a small drum-like toy with her dupatta. It plays to the rhythm of her walk. The toy gets caught in a stone and she adjusts it to continue walking. The 6 men keep watching her as they wash their hands and feet. Sandhya places the basket of toys she has on her head on a cut tree trunk, combs her hair and places everything back where they were to continue walking and singing.

Her shoe gets filled with dirt and she squats to empty it. She puts it on and continues to sing and walk. The song peters out and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback has been given by Lata Mangeshkar and chorus and the onscreen performances are by Sandhya and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song where the girl sings about how her beloved left her. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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