Ankhon ankhon mein – Kishore/Asha – Kalyanji-Anandji – Dev/Asha | Mahal (1970)


Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Ankhon ankhon mein, from the Bollywood movie, Mahal (1970). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.

Movie – Mahal (1970)

The song, Ankhon ankhon mein, was featured in the Roop Kala Pictures’ suspense movie Mahal (1969), produced by Mahipatray Shah and directed by Shankar Mukherji.

Rajesh (Dev Anand) gambles to help others. One day; he is assigned by his rich friend, Shyam (Abhi Bhattacharya) to meet a girl, Roopa (Asha Parekh), on his behalf and give her his letter. Roopa’s uncle (R P Kapoor) wants her to marry Shyam. But, Roopa wants to test the man before deciding anything. Rajesh enters the scene. Roopa falls for him and so does he. They go for a picnic with Roopa’s friends. At the end of the picnic, Rajesh gives Shyam’s letter to Roopa, who reads the letter that says that Shyam had sent his assistant to meet her. Roopa gets angry and Rajesh makes away, laughing.

Rajesh must gamble for his sister’s wedding and the man, he is playing with cheats, to take away all his money. A stranger gives him the required amount but, in return, he wants Rajesh to impersonate Ravi, the long-lost nephew of Darjeeling’s Raja Dinanath (Sapru). On his arrival in Darjeeling, Rajesh passes all the tests of the secretive Raja Dinanath. But he finds the mystery deepening when the old man’s sensuous nurse (Farida Jalal) visits him in his hotel room and informs him that she knew his real name.

Rajesh follows the nurse and reaches her home where she tries to convince him to help her kill Raja Dinanath. But the next day when she tries to poison the older man, Rajesh jerks away the container, which drops down spilling the poison on the floor. Raja Dinanath moves away, saying his life has been made easier, as his medicine has been eliminated for the day. The thought behind the man’s statement is that when people have to have medicine regularly, they get fed up of it.

Rajesh encounters Roopa again and they fall in love with each other and begin dating. On their first date, it begins to rain and they run to a house to shelter themselves. They decide to spend the night away from each other, within the house. But the ramshackle house collapses on her side and she almost drops down into the valley below. He saves her and she changes into a blanket as her dress hangs to dry. She falls asleep with her head on his shoulder. He also falls asleep. When it dawns, they sing this song.                                                              

Song – Ankhon ankhon mein

The lyrics of the song, Ankhon ankhon mein, were penned by Anand Bakshi and were set to tune by Kalyanji-Anandji.

The man sings, “While looking into your eyes, I became crazy about you.”

Video – Ankhon ankhon mein

The director of photography is Pratap Sinha.

The video opens with Dev Anand beginning the song and hugging Asha Parekh. She also joins in the song and soon, goes to her dried dress. In the next shot, they are seen emerging from the house. They walk back to Asha Parekh’s home. Soon, the song peters out and the video also ends as the camera focuses on a hilltop house.


Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle have sung this song for Dev Anand and Asha Parekh.

Cultural Influence

There is no influence of any culture on this song. This is a romantic song between the hero and the heroine. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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