Do Aankhen Barah Haath

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Not to be confused with the 1997 film Do Ankhen Barah Hath.
Do Ankhen Barah Haath
Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957).jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by V. Shantaram
Produced by V. Shantaram
Written by G.D. Madgulkar
Screenplay by G.D. Madgulkar
Story by G.D. Madgulkar
Starring V. Shantaram
Music by Vasant Desai
Bharat Vyas (lyrics)
Cinematography G. Balkrishna
Edited by Chintamani Borkar
Release date
  • 1957 (1957)
Running time
143 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Do Aankhen Barah Haath (English: Two Eyes, Twelve Hands) is a 1957 Hindi film directed by V. Shantaram, who also starred in the film. It is considered one of the classics of Hindi cinema and is based on humanistic psychology. It won a Silver Bear at the 8th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category Samuel Goldwyn Award. The film is also remembered for its song, "Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum", sung by Lata Mangeshkar and written by Bharat Vyas.

The film was inspired by the story of an 'open prison' experiment Swatantrapur in the princely state of Aundh near Satara. Now Swatantrapur is part of Atpadi tehsil in Sangli district of Maharashtra. It was recounted by screenwriter G. D. Madgulkar to V. Shantaram.[1] In 2005, Indiatimes Movies ranked the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.[2] During filming V. Shantaram fought with a bull and injured an eye, though his eyesight survived.[3] The film was later remade in 1975 in Tamil as Pallandu Vazhga starring M.G. Ramachandran and Latha, and in 1976 as the Telugu color film Maa Daivam starring N.T. Rama Rao and Jayachitra.


The film portrays 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.

The film ends with the death of the warden at the hands of the minions of a corrupt enemy who wants no competition, in the profitable market he controls.

This film takes the viewers through several scenes that set a strong moral lesson that through hard work, dedication and concentration a person can accomplish anything. Also this film explains that if people focus their energy on a worthy cause, success is guaranteed.



  • Director : V. Shantaram
  • Producer : V. Shantaram
  • Banner : Rajkamal Kalamandir
  • Story : G. D. Madgulkar
  • Screenplay : G. D. Madgulkar
  • Dialogue : G. D. Madgulkar
  • Cinematographer : G. Balkrishna, Kirtiwan
  • Editor : Chintamani Borkar
  • Art Director : Baburao Jadhav, P. S. Kale
  • Make Up : Baba Vardam
  • Audiographer : A. K. Parmar


All lyrics written by Bharat Vyas; all music composed by Vasant Desai.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum" Lata Mangeshkar  
2. "Ho Umad Ghumad Kar Aayi Re Ghata" Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey  
3. "Main Gaaun Tu Chup Ho Ja" Lata Mangeshkar  
4. "Sainyya Jhoothhon Ka Bada Sartaj Nikala" Lata Mangeshkar  
5. "Tak Tak Dhum Dhum" Lata Mangeshkar  


Year Category Cast/Crew member Status
1957 Best Feature Film V Shantaram Won
Best Feature Film in Hindi V Shantaram Won
1958 Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury[6] V Shantaram Won
1959 Samuel Goldwyn Award V Shantaram Nominated

See also[edit]

  • My Six Convicts (Mes six forçats) Le 12 mars 1952 (Ferdinand O. Lacour), we can see in both movies there, a certain similarity with the autobiographical story of Donald Powell Wilson.
  • The Dirty Dozen


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