Movie – Detective (1958)
Ankhonpe bharosa mat kar appeared in the Amiya Chitra’s Shakti Samanta-directed ‘shocking’ thriller Detective (1958). This movie was produced by Ranjit Kumar and starred Pradeep Kumar, Mala Sinha, Moni Chatterjee, Johnny Walker, etc.
A police officer Loonpe (Moni Chatterjee) travels to Calcutta (Kolkata, now) with his daughter Mashin (Mala Sinha) looking for some smugglers. On the ship, Mashin meets a man (Pradeep Kumar) and a little boy (Daisy Irani in her quintessential boy-role). The man begins to sing this song at this moment.
Song – Ankhonpe bharosa mat kar
Ankhonpe bharosa mat kar was written by Shailendra for Mukul Roy’s music.
The man sings, “Don’t trust your eyes. The world is a magic show. Everything here is a fake and everything here does not add up.”
Video – Ankhonpe bharosa mat kar
Cinematography is by P Isaac. The dance choreography is by Surya Kumar-Badri Prasad.
The video opens with Pradeep Kumar playing the harmonica. Mala Sinha is holding a Chinese umbrella and turns around with a snubbed look at Pradeep Kumar. She moves ahead and is stopped by an inverted drum.
The drum suddenly sprouts a pair of legs and begins to dance with the male actor. Pradeep Kumar takes off the drum from the little boy’s (Daisy Irani in a boy’s costume) torso and begins to sing this song. Daisy Irani also joins in the song.
Mala Sinha is amused at the kid’s performance. But the next moment, she stops herself from getting carried away. The ship is being cleaned by the crew. The little girl dances so cutely. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as Pradeep Kumar lifts the little girl piggyback.
Mohammad Rafi and Sudha Malhotra sing for Pradeep Kumar and Daisy Irani. Mala Sinha and others look on.
There is not much cultural influence on this song. It looks like a routine song at first sight. But, it has several deep psychological and philosophical meaning within the words. Mala Sinha is shown to be offended by the male actor, for no reason – like a typical brat – though Pradeep Kumar apologizes to her for bumping into her.
The song and the artists are fantastic. I just love this song, not for Mala Sinha’s overtly offended attitude, but because of the deep meaning and obviously Mohammad Rafi Sahab’s voice. The song is watchable for the artists – playback and onscreen.