Aankh dil ki zubaan – Shabbir/Usha/Mahendra – Usha Khanna | Aadat Se Majboor (1982)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1982 Emkay Films’ romantic action movie Aadat Se Majboor (Helpless Due to Habit) produced by Mohan Kumar and directed by late Ambarish Sanghal. The movie starred Mithun Chakraborty, Ranjeeta, late Mohan Gokhale, Neena Gupta, Rameshwari, Madan Puri, Om Shiv Puri, Amrish Puri, etc.

A devout Hindu Brahmin firefighter Dinanath Shastri (Madan Puri) is initially disgusted when his son Shankar (Mithun Chakraborty) ushers home a young girl Salma (Rameshwari) after saving her from rapists. Shankar tells him that her name is Shanti (a Hindu). At the same time, a professional court witness Neetu (Ranjeeta) falls in love with Shankar. But, he is just irritated by her behavior.

One day, while going somewhere Shankar and his father encounter Shastri’s friend, blind Dr. Varma (Om Shiv Puri), who had operated Shankar’s eyes as a child to give him vision after an accident. When Shastri and Shankar visit Dr. Varma’s place, Shankar realizes that his daughter is none other than Neetu, who had been irritating him for a long time. Since Shankar realizes that they were childhood sweethearts, he renews his love for her. But, this time, Neetu projects attitude to him and he goes to extremes singing a song to mollify her.

Soon, Shastri finds out that Shanti is no one but Salma (a Muslim). After a period of internal struggle, he accepts her as his daughter. Agnihotri (Amrish Puri) is a powerful, wealthy and supposedly generous man and is Dr. Varma’s arch rival. Agnihotri wants to eliminate the harmless and blind Dr. Varma for some reason, which is not yet revealed to the audience.

Dr. Varma recognizes Agnihotri as Joginder, the man, who had blinded him. Dr. Varma is attacked by someone several times and he realizes that it is Agnihotri’s henchmen. He informs Shankar about it. Shankar does not believe it because he had not experienced anything amiss about Agnihotri, under whom he has been working for the last few years. The criminal has changed his appearance with contact lenses. When Salma also corroborates that Agnihotri is the same man, who had tried to rape her; Shankar begins to invisibly torment the influential man. During Shankar and Neetu’s engagement party, Shankar and company sing this song to bring out the villainy in Agnihotri.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Usha Khanna and the lyrics were penned by Indeewar.

The gist of the song is, “Eyes say what is in the heart. They always reveal the truth.” Usually, songs describe the beautiful eyes of girls. Here, the villain’s eyes are the subject.

Video: Cinematography is by Apurba Khire Bir and K K Mahajan. Dance choreography is by Vijay-Oscar.

The video opens with the curtains opening on a large sketch of a pair of human eyes. In the next shot, Amrish Puri’s gray eyes are shown. 2 couples begin to dance in the blinking of red light. Mithun Chakraborty begins to sing the song.

After the first stanza, Ranjeeta also joins him in the song. The dance depicts the fall of man from the Bible’s Old Testament. Rameshwari appears and interrupts the dance. She keeps looking at Amrish Puri and begins to sing the song.

Rameshwari is wearing the same dress as she was wearing when Amrish Puri had attempted to rape her. The dance shows the blinding of one of the male dancers and Om Shivpuri also appears in front of the people at the party. He also begins to sing.

Om Shivpuri approaches Amrish Puri and falls down near the other actor. Om Shivpuri recovers from the fall as he continues to sing. Amrish Puri realizes that he is trapped and tries to escape.

The song rises to a crescendo as Mithun Chakraborty, Madan Puri, Rameshwari and Ranjeeta do not allow the villain to get away. The video ends as Mithun Chakraborty rips off a contact lens from the eye of Amrish Puri, all so easily, without hurting the other actor!

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Shabbir Kumar, Usha Mangeshkar and Mahendra Kapoor and the onscreen performances are by Mithun Chakraborty, Ranjeeta, Madan Puri, Amrish Puri, Rameshwari and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song taunting the villain, which has no cultural influence on it as such. The song and the artists are very good and the video is watchable for the same.

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