Movie – Albela (1951):
The song Dheerese aaja ri ankhiyan mein… appeared in the Bhagwan Art Productions’ romedy Albela (1951), directed by Bhagwan Dada and produced by Bhagwan Dada and Rajnarayan Dubey.
The movie starred Bhagwan Dada, Geeta Bali, etc. This movie was the third highest grosser at the Box Office in India that year and the music composed by C Ramchander was lauded. The movie was dubbed in Tamil as Nalla Pillai (1953).
Pyare (Bhagwan) is a day dreamer and wants to be popular and earn a lot of money. But, he belongs to a poor family and the family members are in the process of collecting money for the only sister Bimla’s (Bimla Kumari) marriage. When Pyare returns home, his father (Badri Prasad) requests him to arrange for Rs.300-400 for the marriage. Pyare promises the same and goes inside. Pyare and Bimla have a good brother-sister bond. She serves him food and sings this lullaby for him.
Song – Dheerese aaja ri ankhiyan mein:
Rajinder Kishan penned the lyrics of Dheerese aaja ri ankhiyan mein… and C Ramchander composed its music.
This is a lullaby that a sister sings for her elder brother.
Video – Dheerese aaja ri ankhiyan mein:
The cinematography is by Shankar A Palav. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.
The video begins with Bimla Kumari beginning to sing the lullaby. She puts away the dinner crockery and utensils at the same time. Then, she stands up and begins to dance to the tune of the song. But, the movements are very delicate. She pushes Bhagwan Dada down on the cot for him to fall asleep and continues to dance.
Bhagwan Dada turns on the side and looks at his sister, as she performs the dance and song in front of him. Again, Bimla Kumari pushes him on to the cot and begins to pat his head. He yawns and seems to be going into sleep. Soon, the song peters out and he falls asleep. The video ends as Bimla Kumari leaves her brother sleeping in the kitchen.
Lata Mangeshkar has sung for Bimla Kumari and Bhagwan Dada listens to the song.
This typically filmi lullaby is a representative of the old times. It is sad that today nobody is composing such songs. All the songs today are of a high-decibel, burst the eardrums and are of no creative value, except a rare few. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.