Ankhon mein tum – Geeta/Kishore – Salil Chowdhury – Madhubala/Kishore | Half Ticket (1962)

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Movie – Half Ticket (1962)

The song, Ankhon mein tum, appeared in the movie Half Ticket (1962) directed by Kalidas and produced by Bombay Talkies. The movie starred Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Pran, etc.

Vijay (Kishore Kumar) is a worthless son of a rich businessman Seth Lalchand (Moni Chatterjee). He runs away from home because of his father’s constant nagging and attempts to get him married. At the railway station, he discovers that he did not have enough money for a ticket. When Vijay sees an obese child Munna and his mother (Tun Tun) buying tickets for Bombay (Mumbai now), he kidnaps Munna and disguises himself as the younger boy to get a half ticket.

A notorious thief Raja Babu (Pran) is trying to escape from the police after stealing some diamonds and drops the bag of diamonds in Vijay’s pocket. Raja Babu follows Vijay onto the train and tells him to call the older man as Chacha (Uncle). On the way to Bombay, when the ticket checker catches Vijay with a half ticket, he runs away to another compartment. There, he finds a performer Rajni (Madhubala) and gets away with his pretense of an oversized kid. Raja Babu finds him the next morning and tries to flirt with Rajni. But, Vijay saves her from the other man.

At Mumbai, Vijay keeps escaping the clutches of Raja Babu and tries to find a job. Without a degree, that appears difficult. Vijay goes through several comic experiences in searching for a job. After he messes up the performance of a dancer (Helen), he lands in Rajni’s home. Rajni promises that she would take care of him, through thick and thin. But soon, she discovers that he is not the special child, he tries to pretend and she throws him out of the home. By then, he has fallen in love with her and confesses it to her.

The moment Vijay comes out of Rajni’s house, he is caught by Raja Babu. Again to escape from him, he hides in someone’s car. It turns out that the car belongs to Rajni. Rajni’s aunt (Manorama) is in the process of getting the younger woman married. So, Rajni asks Vijay to pretend that he is her boyfriend. He convinces her that he would be staying with her during the interim.

Vijay strikes a friendship with Rajni’s aunt, easily. He also discovers that Rajni is not the girl’s real name. Her real name is Asha. Soon, Vijay plays a prank on Asha, who unwittingly reveals to him that she is also in love with him. This song appears in the next shot.

Song – Ankhon mein tum

The lyrics of the song, Ankhon mein tum, were penned by Shailendra and they were set to tune by Salil Chowdhury.

The song goes thus, “You are in my eyes and heart. It is up to you to accept it or not.”

Video – Ankhon mein tum

The cinematography is by Apurba Bhattacharjee. Dance Choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with Madhubala throwing a hangman’s noose from the balcony to the ground. The noose falls squarely on Kishore Kumar’s neck and she pulls him back. He begins to dance like a buffoon. Madhubala begins to sing from the balcony.

Kishore Kumar replies to her musically while dancing to the tune of the song. The noose is gone, without continuity, there. Manorama is also seen dancing inside the house. The lead pair begin to dance within the grounds of the house. Soon, the song rises to a crescendo and ends abruptly.

Artists

This song has been sung by Geeta Dutt and Kishore Kumar for Madhubala and Kishore Kumar.

Cultural Influence

This is a comic song performed by the hero and the heroine. This is one of my favorite Kishore Kumar-Geeta Dutt songs. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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