Movie – Albela (1951)
The song Dheerese aaja ri ankhiyan mein (Male version) 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.
Pyare (Bhagwan) is a daydreamer 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.
The next day, Pyare gets fired for not concentrating on his job as a peon. He also gets thrown out of his home. When he tries to join a theater group, the manager (Sunder) tells him to leave his address and they would contact him. He does not have a place to stay, so he leaves it at that. Pyare joins a pair of street musicians and tries to earn his living by singing a song.
The manager watches the musicians attracting the crowd. A police constable disperses the crowd and the musicians run away. When the manager asks, the musicians take the credit from Pyare’s singing and land a job with the theater. Pyare realizes that everybody in this world is selfish. Soon, he lands at a performer Asha’s (Geeta Bali) place and accepts the job of washing the dishes. While placing the cleaned utensils at their places, they fall down and create some noise. He realizes that music can also be created by tapping spoons on vessels and sings a song.
The performance impresses Asha and she recommends his name to the theater manager. Asha personally trains Pyare through all his buffoonery and they perform together. His first performance gets him several accolades and he thinks he has won the bet he had placed in front of his family members. He decides to go back home with the money he has received. But, the theater owner tells Asha to convince him not to go, as yet. He seems to have an ulterior motive for it. But, Asha has fallen in love with Pyare, which he doesn’t realize.
Though Pyare does not go home, Asha makes sure that his family receives the gifts, he had purchased for them. But, unfortunately, the money and the gifts that he sends to his family do not reach them. I won’t reveal, why because that is the main crux of the story. If I reveal it at this point, those who want to watch the movie will lose the interest.
One day, they have to attend a party. Pyare realizes the rich-poor divide – poor people are not allowed inside parties and rich people become the chief guests in them. Wealth makes all the difference. At the party, Asha after they sing a song and dance to its tune, Asha is surrounded by men and Pyare is surrounded by girls. Asha gets jealous of the girls and goes out. Pyare follows her and takes time to realize that Asha is in love with him. He accepts her love and they return home late at night. She feels sleepy. He remembers the way his sister would sing this song to put him to sleep. He sings his version of the song.
Song – Dheerese aaja ri ankhiyan mein (Male version)
Rajinder Kishan penned the lyrics of Dheerese aaja ri ankhiyan mein (Male version) and C Ramchander composed its music.
The man says, “O Sleep, come slowly into the eyes.”
Video – Dheerese aaja ri ankhiyan mein (Male version)
The cinematography is by Shankar A Palav.
The video begins with the lead pair in a car and Bhagwan Dada beginning to sing. Geeta Bali places her head on his shoulder and falls asleep. Elsewhere, Bimla Kumari begins to sing this song. She is missing her brother. With her is the actor playing her father, Badri Prasad. People listen to her sing and give her coins. She feels happy that she could somehow earn a living by singing on the streets. The song peters off and the video ends there.
C Ramchander and Lata Mangeshkar have sung Dheerese aaja ri ankhiyan mein (Male version) for Bhagwan Dada and Bimla Kumari. Geeta Bali looks on.
This typically filmi lullaby is a representative of the old times. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.