Gulzar – The People’s poet




Yeh saaye hain, yeh duniya hain parchayion ki

Bhari bheed mein, khali tanhayion ki

Gulzar's songs would echo through the our tiny radio and my limited knowledge of Hindi and more limited knowledge of Urdu couldn't stop me from flowing in the ocean of feelings…somehow there was a magic which held me…the magic of poetry coupled with mesmerizing music. Music has no language…and poetry has a language so strong that even without grasping the full sense it leads to a door half open and a world unknown. The power of his words led me to this world of film music…

Yahan saare chehre hain maange huye se
Nigaho mein aasu hain taange huye se
Badi neechi raahein hain unchayion ki

And the sultry voice of Asha Bhonsle, which would invariably bring me to the music of Ijazat. R.D , Asha Gulzar…

Mera kuch samaan tumhare paas pada hain
Sawan ke kuch bheege bheege se din rakhe hain
Aur..mere ek khat mein lipti raat padi hain
Wo raat bujha do… mera wo samaan lauta do


Haunting, gives me goosebumps and when alone…some moistness in eyes, never fails…
Songs are endless and the poetry captivating.


Humne dekhi hain un aankho ki mehekti khusbhu
Haath se chuke ise rishton ka ilzaam na do
Sirf ehsaas hain yeh rooh se mehsoos karo
Pyar ko pyar hi rahne do…koi naam na do 

I cannot dare to translate.. simply breathe in the soulful music and wonder at the magically woven words.

And more…

Yeh soch ke baithi hu…ek raah to wo hogi
Tum tak jo pahuchte hain
Is mod se jaate hain

Ahh this is love as I love it!
And my favourite road song

Raah pe rahte hain
Yaadon pe basar karte hain
Khush Raho ahle watan
Hum to safar karte hain

And the song I love to hear in the hills

Phir se ayo badra bidesi
Tere palko mein moti jadungi…

It is difficult to share what I feel in this script and I am unable to upload the videos as well…but I know all Gulzar lovers we share a bond…bond of music and poetry…eternally.I have left out so many…only few of the innumerable jewels…a world of its own..his compositions.
Yes I know ' Jai Ho' got him an Oscar…and his magic pen weaves dreams in the contemporary songs as well…
Hasti rahe tu hasti rahe
Zulfon ke neeche gardan mein
Subah sham milti rahe!
most loved by kids, 'Jungle Jungle Pata Chala hain, Chaddi Pehen kar Phool Khila hain..'
Really! Only Gulzar can!
The man who brought poetry to Hindi movies…
The man who wrapped love in words!
Our favourite bard Gulzar!
Soma Bhattacharjee


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2 Responses

  1. Nishant Kumar says:

    Beautiful lines….👌👌👌👌👌

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