Do Ankhen Barah Haath
Theatrical release poster
Directed byV. Shantaram
Written byG.D. Madgulkar
Produced byV. Shantaram
StarringV. Shantaram
CinematographyG. Balkrishna
Edited byChintamani Borkar
Music byVasant Desai
Release date
  • 1957 (1957)
Running time
143 minutes

Do Aankhen Barah Haath (transl. Two Eyes, Twelve Hands) is a 1957 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by V. Shantaram, who also starred. It is considered to be 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 a Golden Globe Award in the new category Samuel Goldwyn International Film Award for best film produced outside of the United States.[1][2] The film is also remembered for the song "Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum", sung by Lata Mangeshkar and written by Bharat Vyas.

The inspiration for this movie was a real experiment conducted by Maurice Frydman, who refused to have his name credited at the end of the film. He went so far as to tell the movie maker, V Shantaram, that he would sue him in court if his name were to appear anywhere in the credits. This incident is related in an interview of David Godman, who talks about Maurice Frydman's extraordinary life and connection to India.[3]

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.[4] In 2005, Indiatimes Movies ranked the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.[5] During filming, V. Shantaram fought with a bull and injured an eye, but his eyesight survived.[6] The film was later remade in 1975 as the Tamil language film Pallandu Vazhga and in 1976 as the Telugu language film Maa Daivam.[7] The core plot line is thematically similar to the 1952 movie My Six Convicts.


The film portrays a young jail warden Adinath, who rehabilitates six dangerous prisoners released on parole to 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 oxes of a corrupt enemy who wants no competition in the profitable market he controls.

The 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. It also explains that if people focus their energy on a worthy cause, success is guaranteed. In the final scene, all six thieves became hardworking persons and decided to live at that hut where they learn all things because they think the two eyes of Adinath are observing them whether they are doing good things or bad and they raise their hands to salute the positive energy of Adinath and film ends with the song sung by Champa and one of the favourite songs of Adinath, "Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum".


Noted painter G. Kamble was hired by Shantaram to paint the movie posters. Kamble produced a 350-ft banner at Bombay's Opera House in 1957.[8][9]



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

1."Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum"Vasant DesaiLata Mangeshkar 
2."Ho Umad Ghumad Kar Aayi Re Ghata"Vasant DesaiLata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey 
3."Main Gaaun Tu Chup Ho Ja"Vasant DesaiLata Mangeshkar 
4."Sainyya Jhoothhon Ka Bada Sartaj Nikala"Vasant DesaiLata Mangeshkar 
5."Tak Tak Dhum Dhum"Vasant DesaiLata Mangeshkar 


Year Category Cast/Crew member Status
1957 Best Feature Film V. Shantaram Won
Best Feature Film in Hindi V. Shantaram Won
1958 Golden Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury[12] V. Shantaram Won
1959 Samuel Goldwyn International Film Award[1] V. Shantaram Won

See also


  1. ^ a b "International Award For Indian Film". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926–1995). 14 March 1959. p. 11. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Foreign Press Assn. 'Globes'". Variety. 8 March 1959. p. 7. Retrieved 22 June 2019 – via
  3. ^ "Maurice Frydman's close encounter with Bollywood".
  4. ^ Ambarish Mishra (28 September 2006). "50 years of a Shantaram classic". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  5. ^ 25 Must See Bollywood Films Archived 15 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Classics Revisited – Do Aankhen Barah Haath
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  8. ^ "Film Heritage Foundation Profile-A". Film Heritage Foundation. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  9. ^ Devraj, Rajesh; Bouman, Edo; Duncan, Paul (2010). The Art of Bollywood. Taschen. ISBN 978-3-8228-3717-7. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  10. ^ "5th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  11. ^ Awards Internet Movie Database.
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