DO AANKHEN BARAH HATH

As the title suggests, the film traces the experiment of a young jail warden, Adinath, who rehabilitates six dangerous prisoners released on parole into persons of virtue. He takes these notorious, often surly, murderers and makes them work hard with him on a dilapidated country farm, rehabilitating them through hard work and kind guidance as they eventually produce a great harvest. As his experiments begin to succeed and the prisoners begin turn into good human beings, the market forces and capitalist interests strike. Adinath is killed The film ends with his death at the hands of the minions of a corrupt enemy who wants no competition, in the profitable market he controls but a subtle message is left behind.

 

HINDI | INDIA | 1957                               

DRAMA, COMEDY, CRIME | FEATURE | 143 MIN | DVD | B&W

 

Director: RAJARAM VANKUDRE SHANTARAM

 

Cast: 
V. Shantaram, Sandhya

 

Crew: 
Producer: V. Shantaram

Story and Screenplay : G.D. Madgulkar

Music:    Vasant Desai

Lyrics: Bharat Vyas

Cinematography: G. Balkrishna

Editor: Chintamani Borkar

 

Facts:

-Shantaram’s premiere invites were also known for their innovativeness like for Do Aankhen Barah Haath, the invitation card had two eyes on the cover and the details inside!

-The song “Ay maalik tere bande hum” (O Lord, we are your people) written by Bharat Vyas, composed by Vasant Desai and sung by Lata Mangeshkar is a morning prayer in a school in Pakistan.

-In times of colour, ‘Do Aankhen Barah Hath’ was made in monochrome to lend it a documentary feel.


Awards:

National Film Award (1957) : Best Feature Film | Best Feature Film in Hindi

Berlin International Film Festival-1958 : Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury | OCIC Award | Golden Berlin Bear (Nominated)

Golden Globe Awards (1958): Samuel Goldwyn Award