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Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha Pyar Ke Kaabil Mujhe . . .
jmathur_swayamprabha from India
11 March 2014
All the music lovers who are fond of listening to old Hindi songs, must
have listened to a classic romantic song sung by Lata Mangeshkar -
'Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha Pyar Ke Kaabil Mujhe, Dil Ki Ae Dhadkan Thahar
Ja, Mil Gayi Manzil Mujhe'. This song is from the movie - Anpadh (1962)
starring Maala Sinha, Dharmendra, Balraaj Saahni and Bindu in lead
Anpadh (illiterate) is the story of Laajwanti (Maala Sinha) who is the
sister of a rich landlord Chaudhary Shambhunaath (Balraaj Saahni). The
excess affection that she got in her parental house resulted in her
remaining illiterate and lacking knowledge of household work also. She
gets married to Deepak (Dharmendra) who is a very loving husband.
However her not knowing the household chores does not go well with her
mother-in-law and sister-in-law. She suffers taunts in this regard but
her husband's love compensates for them.
However the sudden demise of Deepak in a mishap brings utter misfortune
for Laajwanti. Her mother-in-law expels her from the house when she is
pregnant. Right now her brother also cannot support her because he has
been sentenced to imprisonment because of committing a murder due to a
property dispute. Helpless Laajwanti finds it very difficult to survive
in the cruel world especially because she is illiterate and not trained
for any job to earn a living.
But as there are wicked ones in this world, kind ones too. Once
Laajwanti comes across good-hearted people after going through many
troubles, her life starts recovering. She gives birth to a daughter and
fosters her. She herself learns how to read and write as well as the
work of stitching clothes and thereby makes a living. Her daughter
grows up as Kiran (Bindu). Now comes the final twist in the tale when
in order to save her daughter's honour from a rapist, Laajwanti commits
a murder and on the murder spot itself, she meets her lost elder
brother Chaudhary Shambhunaath after a gap of several years. The movie
ends after an interesting courtroom drama.
Anpadh was made during the early sixties when female education was not
stressed in the Indian society. Even the girls of wealthy and high
profile families were not getting sufficient education and getting them
married in respectable families upon their getting adult was only
considered as fulfillment of duty towards them by their parents /
guardians. And this situation continued long after that. Hence this
movie is to be seen, felt and experienced in the context of the period
of its making. Then only it can be enjoyed.
Anpadh is a highly entertaining movie with regular twists in the
narrative keeping the spectator glued to the screen. The demise of the
hero before the interval point is disappointing but it was required for
the script. This family and social drama is woman-centric and the
heroine remains at the nucleus of the complete narrative right from the
very start to the very finish.
More than the romantic angle of the hero and the heroine, it's the
brother-sister angle between two lead characters which has got more
footage and importance. The affectionate brother does not care for his
sister's education due to remaining under an impression that his wealth
won't allow any such situation that his sister needs to work somewhere
to earn a living. But times change. And he realizes his mistake much
later when destiny has ruined everything for his delicately fostered
(in the parental house) sister. The sister misses her brother very much
especially in her time of crisis. This emotional angle is able to touch
the hearts of all the loving brothers and sisters.
The taunting mother-in-law and sister-in-law have always been a fond
stuff for the Bollywood filmmakers and mostly they are over the top
with the poor daughter-in-law standing like a lamb before them. However
the audience of such family dramas is used to seeing such things.
This black and white movie is technically OK. Music composed by Madan
Mohan is the highlight of this movie. In addition to Aapki Nazron Ne
Samjha, songs like Woh Dekho Jala Ghar Kisi Ka, Hai Isi Mein Pyar Ki
Aabroo, Jiya Le Gayo Ji Mora Saanwariya, Rang Birangi Raakhi Le Ke Aayi
Behna etc. are also real gems from the treasure of Hindi cine music.
All these songs are considered among Lata's best renditions. Raja
Mehndi Ali Khan has penned the beautiful lyrics which boast of high
It's Maala Sinha's movie by all means and right from a young unmarried
girl to the aged mother of a grown up daughter, she has excelled in her
performance. Very young Dharmendra has got a low footage role but he
has done his part well. Seasoned actor Balraaj Saahni has delivered his
best whereas it's a pleasant surprise to see the renowned screen
cabaret dancer of the seventies - Bindu (who is very young in this
movie) to see in a decent role. The classical song - Jiya Le Gayo Ji
Mora Saanwariya (based on Raag Yaman) has been filmed on her only.
The issue of women education has got more and more prominence in later
decades and today everybody understands its importance may he / she
belong to the lower strata of the society or the middle one or the
upper one. This way, Anpadh was ahead of its time and delivered a very
pertinent message to the old fashioned Indian society as early as in
1962. I recommend this decent entertainer with a high music appeal and
a significant message to all the Hindi movie buffs.
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