Centenary Of Indian Cinema

‘Do Aankhen Barah Haath’ Is India’s First Film To Win A Hollywood ‘Golden Globe Award

Film legend V Shantaram is regarded as one of the pillars of Indian cinema. His film Do Aankhen Barah Haath has the distinction of being the first Hindi feature film to win the prestigious Golden Globe award under the Samuel Goldwyn category. It may be noted that the Golden Globe Awards are America’s most prestigious award presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association started way back in 1944. The award recognizes excellence in Hollywood films and television. They also have a special category to honor Best Film Foreign under Samuel Goldwyn category.  It is a salutation to the legendary Polish-American film producer, who made several Hollywood hit classics.

Besides winning the International Golden Globe Award, Do Aankhen Barah Haath also won a Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize by the Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival. In addition, the film won two National Film Awards viz. Best Feature Film (All over India) and Best Feature Film in Hindi.

Filmmaker V Shantaram became immortal with his Black/White classic Do Aankhein Bara Haath and won top place amidst stalwarts such as Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor, Mehboob Khan and Guru Dutt. Do Aankhein Bara Haath depicted the universal concepts of love and brotherhood. The film was based on a true story of an ‘open prison’ started in Swatantrapur in the princely state of Aundh near Satara, in Maharashtra. The film showed how a honest police inspector takes the challenge of reforming the criminals not through prison but by giving them freedom in an open prison. The police officers reforms 6 convicts in an open plot of land where he transforms them into good, law-abiding citizens through love and affection

The movie’s greatest plus point besides a tight script was its music, particularly; the song Ae Maalik Tere Bande Hum…… with its eternal message of love and compassion became a rage across the country, and in neighboring Pakistan too! The was remade in many languages Maa Daivam (Telugu)  Pallandu Vazhga (Tamil). In fact, even Ramesh Sippy‘s Sholay and Subhash Ghai‘s Karma are inspired by Do Aankhen Barah Haath.

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