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Ankhen (1968)

  • Release Date1968
  • GenreAction, Adventure, Drama, Musical, Thriller
  • FormatColor
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time172 mins
  • Length5007.56 metres
  • Number of Reels18
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number87823
  • Certificate Date26/07/1978
  • Shooting LocationKardar Studios, Rajkamal Studios, Shree Sound Studios, Famous Studios, Panoromic Film Studios
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"I cannot respond to your love". "Why not?" asked the girl.

"Because the life of a patriot is most uncertain. His dangerous duties may at any time lead to death".

The girl was not perturbed on this she rather had a philosophic smile on her lips - "My Japanese mother used to tell me since life is always short -one should fall in love at first opportunity - lest death may knock at any lime and you may repent having missed the greatest of sentiments -LOVE - in this life."

He had no answer to this convincing wisdom of the East. He was touched by the sentiment, but managed not to reveal his emotions till he left Japan.

Meenakshi Mehta was the daughter of a Japanese mother and an Indian father, and Sunil had come to Japan  to  learn the  art  of  Judo, karate and a  few  more  tricks  essential  for  a  spy.

Sunil thought  that  he had done good to the girl by not responding to her love, and believed that  she might  forget  him after some time; but Fate again brought  them together  in Beirut  and  he found that  Meenakshi had kept  up  that   flame  alive  in her  heart.

What amazed him more was the fact that she was also a spy belonging to the same group of Indian patriots who were engaged in a grim struggle against the enemy agents who had established their secret headquarters on Indian soil, and were engaged in smuggling arms and ammunition in India, which helped them in their activities of espionage, such as blowing   up military trains, spreading enemy propaganda in the country and inciting violence and creating communal riots so as to disrupt the public life of the greatest democracy of Asis.

ANKHEN (THE EYES) is the story of that great adventure of a brave batch  of  Indian patriots, some of whom had to make  the  supreme  sacrifice It 'is the story  of  Human  Greatness  and Human Weakness, of brave heroes and treacherous  sleuths,  a  story  of  a  helpless  mother who would  do anything to  save  her  child,  and of  a great  father  who could kill  his  own  son for  the  sake of  his  country.

The  romantic path of  love  and  the  dangerous path or  duty  run parallel till the story reaches the point  when  both  the paths merge into  one - of Eternal  Love.