Reading Gulzar – Humne Dekhi Hai

To open this series, there was but one choice! Forgive me, but I simply know not another of Gulzar’s verse that is as terse, as restrained, and yet, so infinite in its verity. A haunting, harrowing plaint that mocks relationships, and asks us to love. Without deliberation, without definition.

Sage advice!

Film: Khamoshi

Music: Hemant Kumar

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Lyrics: 🙂

Here goes…

Humne Dekhi Hai

Humne dekhi hai un aankhon ki mehekti khushboo,

Haath se chhooke ise, rishton ka ilzaam na do,

Sirf ehsaas hai ye, rooh se mehsoos karo,

Pyar ko pyar hi rehne do, koi naam na do…


Pyar koi bol nahin, pyar awaaz nahin,

Ek khamoshi hai, sunti hai kahaa karti hai,

Na ye bujhti hai, na rukti hai, na thehri hai kahin,

Noor ki boond hai, sadiyon se bahaa karti hai…


Muskuraahat si khili rehti hai, aankhon mein kahin,

Aur palkon pe ujaale se jhuke rehte hain,

Honth kuchh kehte nahin, kaanpte hothon pe magar,

Kitne khaamosh se afsaane ruke rehte hain…


Humne dekhi hai un aankhon ki mehekti khushboo,

Haath se chhooke ise, rishton ka ilzaam na do,

Sirf ehsaas hai yeh, rooh se mehsoos karo,

Pyar ko pyar hi rehne do, koi naam na do..

 


There’s no poetry on the silver screen of Hindi cinema like Gulzar’s. If there’s a song you want the words to, please let me know in the comments below.

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