Bhool sakta hai bhala kaun yeh pyari ankhen – Mahendra Kapoor – N Dutta – Shashi Kapoor | Dharmaputra (1961)


Movie – Dharmaputra (1961)

The song, Bhool sakta hai bhala kaun yeh pyari ankhen, was featured in the B R Films’ sociodrama Dharmaputra (1961) directed by Yash Chopra and produced by B R Chopra. The movie starred Mala Sinha, Rehman, Shashi Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, etc.

The beginning of the movie is set in 1925 India, during the British rule when India was at the peak of the independence struggle. The movie revolves around 2 families living in Delhi – those of Nawab Badruddin (Ashok Kumar) and Gulshan Rai (Nana Palsikar), who are very close to each other. Husn Bano (Mala Sinha), the Nawab’s daughter, gets pregnant as a result of an affair with a Javed (Rehman). When Nawab gets to know about it, he tries to find Javed to ask him to marry his daughter. But, Javed has already absconded. Gulshan Rai’s son Amrit Rai (Manmohan Krishna) and his wife Savitri (Nirupa Roy) help Husn during the crisis. Soon, Husn gives birth to a baby boy. The infant is adopted with proper traditional Hindu rites by Amrit Rai and Savitri.

Nobody in their city knows about Husn Bano becoming an unwed mother because the delivery happened elsewhere. After the naming ceremony of the infant, Husn Bano appears depressed. So, the Nawab suggests they visit some Islamic holy places for peace. They meet Javed at one of the places and the Nawab apologizes for not allowing him to marry Husn Bano and the young people’s marriage is performed.

Husn Bano is very attached to her son, who is now called Dilip. Javed notices and acknowledges it. Nobody tells him that Dilip is actually his son from Husn Bano. I wonder what would have happened if the fact would have been mentioned to him, after all, he is his father. During his active participation in the Quit India Movement, Nawab is shot and dies a martyr. Javed and Husn Bano shift to another location. Come 1947, they return and Husn Bano wants to see Dilip. Dilip has grown up into a handsome young… fascist and a Muslim-hater. He is studying Law.

Since he is of marriageable age, all attempts by his adopted parents to get him married fails. Steeped in the Hindu traditions, he has somewhat delusive concepts of the girl he would marry. Savitri argues about the atrocities meted out by the so-called Hindu fundamentalists on women in the olden days. But, he is not convinced. When Husn Bano gets to know about the alliances coming for Dilip, she with Savitri meets a girl, Meena (Indrani Mukherjee), whose alliance had come for Dilip some time back. The older women like the girl and plot with Savitri’s daughter, Rekha (Tabassum) to get Dilip to agree with the alliance. Rekha introduces Meena to her brother during a college competition and he falls for her.

Rekha realizes that her brother has fallen in love with Meena and invites her home the next day. Dilip goes looking for Meena in his college. But, he does not find her. When he returns home, he finds her sitting in his room reading his nazms (poems). She reveals that she liked his poems and he sings this nazm praising her beautiful eyes, at this point.

Song – Bhool sakta hai bhala kaun yeh pyari ankhen

The song, Bhool sakta hai bhala kaun yeh pyari ankhen, was pennedby Sahir Ludhyanvi and the music is by N Dutta.

The man sings praises of the girl’s beautiful eyes and confesses his love for her, in this song.

Video – Bhool sakta hai bhala kaun yeh pyari ankhen

Cinematography is by Dharam Chopra.

The video opens with Shashi Kapoor beginning the song. He is sitting in front of Indrani Mukherjee. She gets up and moves away from him. He also gets up and approaches her. Tabassum and Nirupa Roy appear at the window of the room. They are amused because he is holding Indrani Mukherjee’s hand and is on his knees in front of her. The song peters out and the video also ends there.


The song has been sung by Mahendra Kapoor for Shashi Kapoor. Indrani Mukherjee, Tabassum and Nirupa Roy also appear in the video.

Cultural Influence

This is a slow and melodious song, praising the character’s beloved. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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