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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mala Sinha ...
Meenakshi Mehta
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Sunil
Kumkum ...
Sunil's Sister (as Kum Kum)
Sujit Kumar ...
Nadeem
Mehmood ...
Mehmood
Lalita Pawar ...
Madam / fake Mousi
Daisy Irani ...
Lily
Zeb Rehman ...
Princess Zehnab
Madhumati ...
Madhu
Neelam
Sujata Rubener ...
(as Sujata)
Nasir Hussain ...
Diwan Chand aka Major Saab (as Nazir Hussain)
Jeevan ...
Doctor
Amarnath
Madan Puri ...
Captain
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Shortly after independence India faces terrorists attacks in Assam, resulting in many deaths and casualties. A group of concerned citizens, who are not connected with the Government, decide to do something to stop this carnage. While Salim is already at work in Beirut, his cover is blown and he is shot dead. Now Sunil Mehra must travel to Beirut and take over from Salim. Once there, he meets a former flame, Meenakshi Mehta, and also a female admirer by the name of Zenab. The terrorists are headed by a man named Syed, who deputes one of his assistants, Madame, to spy on Sunil's dad, Diwan Chand Mehra, by posing as Mehra's daughter's aunt, forcing her to obey by abducting her son, Babloo, and holding him captive. Soon Syed and his associates, including Doctor X and Captain find out all secrets of Mehra, as a result of which Sunil is trapped and held by Syed. Then Diwan's world is shattered when Meenakshi telephonically informs him that Sunil has been killed. The question remains what ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Here's the genuine spy-thriller
26 April 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

In 2012, two Bollywood movies hit the screen under the name of spy-thriller - Agent Vinod and Ek Tha Tiger. Though I found those movies as entertaining flicks, I felt that they made a mockery of the term spy-movie. In my view, both those movies are a display of pump and show and focused on lavishness only, instead of telling what spying is all about. The real agents of RAW (Research & Analysis Wing, the Indian intelligence agency) must be laughing at the minds of the makers of these movies after watching them. However there is an old Hindi movie which can be termed as a genuine spy movie. It's Aankhen (1968).

Aankhen (eyes) starts with the activities of the enemies of the nation (India) who are not only involved in smuggling of arms but also conspiring to put the entire nation on fire by instigating. Major Deewaanchand Mehra (Nazir Hussain), a former associate of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has formed a civilian group counter the activities of such traitors. When one young member of this group who has hitherto working as an undercover agent in the gang of the traitors, is killed due to betrayal of his own brother, Major Mehra decides to send his son

  • Sunil (Dharmendra) to Beirut (Lebanon) where the illegal consignments


of arms are supposed to be coming from.

Sunil is received in Beirut by the members of the group who are already working there including Meeankshi (Mala Sinha) whom he had come across a few years back during his training in Japan. She had fallen for his charms but had not got any reciprocation from him. Now the movie runs very fast on the spy track with checks and checkmates, blows and counter blows and the breathtaking activities of the villains on one hand and the Indian spies on their trail on the other. A significant member of the gang (Lalita Pawar) is sent to Major Mehra's home, posing herself as the aunt of his son-in-law after his grandson has been kidnapped by the gang. She blackmails the daughter of Major Mehra and the mother of the kidnapped kid - (Kumkum) and thus manages to live in that house and obtain vital information regarding the activities of the spy group in order to pass it to her bosses. In the end, as expected, the traitor gang is eliminated, the kidnapped kid gets released and Sunil accepts the love of Meenakshi.

True to its title, the movie underscores that the spies and the intelligence agencies are the eyes of a sovereign nation, keeping a vigil on the borders as well as inside the country plus on the activities going on abroad which are against the interests of the nation. The title track which is a Ghazal highlights this fact through various Shers (stanzas), the last one being Us Mulk Ki Sarhad Ko Koi Chhoo Nahin Sakta, Jis Mulk Ki Sarhad Ki Nigahbaan Hain Aankhen (none can touch the border of that nation whose border is watched by the 'eyes').

Writer-producer-director of this movie - Raamanand Saagar (who later became very famous by making the popular TV serial - Raamayan) has made a brilliant spy thriller. This movie mocks neither the spies nor those whom they are up against (like the contemporary movies referred to in the beginning of this review). Instead it presents their activities of both the sides in a smoothed manner (diluting the realistic approach a bit so as to present the story in an entertaining manner).

How emotions like love are used to further the mission at hand has been shown quite emphatically. Besides, how information is sent to the person whom it is meant for, hiding it from the others; has been depicted in an amazing manner which is to be appreciated in the light of this fact that at the time of the making of this movie, the technology was not very advanced. Make-up used for disguise by certain characters is not of good quality but let's bear in mind that it's a Bollywood movie and the director couldn't afford the audience not to identify the real character. The use of facemask shown in this movie is more impressive than in a technologically superior modern movie - Don 2 (2011).

Dharmendra has always been a natural performer and he has done superbly with his dashing looks being able to knock the young females out at any moment. Mala Sinha is very charming and has evolved good on-screen chemistry with Dharmendra. Nazir Hussain in his real life also was an associate of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (prior to becoming an actor in free India) and he has done full justice to the role of a staunch patriot who is an ex-associate of Netaji. The complete supporting cast has performed with near perfection.

Music composed by Ravi with the beautiful lyrics of Saahir Ludhiyanvi is memorable. The most popular song is definitely Milti Hai Zindagi Mein Mohabbat Kabhi Kabhi (sung by Lata Mangeshkar). Very few listeners might have noticed that this lyric is actually a Ghazal. Another Ghazal is the title track - Har Taraha Ke Jazbaat Ka Ailaan Hain Aankhen whose every Sher (stanza) is a pearl coming of the bivalve of the mind of the great Shaayar - Saahir Ludhiyanvi. Tujhko Rakkhe Raam Tujhko Allah Rakkhe (Maana Dey and Asha Bhosle), Gairon Pe Karam Apno Pe Sitam (Lata), Loot Ja Yahi Din Hain Kisi Pe Loot Ja (Kamal Barot, Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar) and a devotional song - Meri Sun Le Araz Banwaari Re (Lata) are the other songs and every one of them is a treat for the ears of the music lovers.

Aankhen was a huge commercial hit of its time and proved to be a box office success later on also whenever re-released (many times). With the danger reappearing on the borders of India, I wholeheartedly recommend this patriotic spy-thriller to all and sundry.


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