Reading Gulzar – Is Mod Se Jaate Hain

There are albums, and there are albums. And a notch or two above them, in fact, several notches above is ‘Aandhi’.

There haven’t been many great albums in Hindi cinema. Of course, it all depends on how you define the word great, but, at least on a benchmark of both great lyrics and music, not many make the cut. And when I speak of a great album, I mean that each song in it must be a gem – absolutely brilliant.

On that ground, I firmly believe that there hasn’t been an album as sacrosanct as ‘Aandhi’, and it will be nigh late into the future before a claim can be made upon its throne.

This song was the opening number when we used to hear music on cassette tapes. It describes beautifully the fickle, feeble perception we have of destiny. When we believe that we are in control of it, we believe that our actions in the present shape our futures. When we believe we must act, we ponder upon our choices. When we reflect on our choices, we realise that there’s one that we must make that’ll have a cascading effect on all the things that are greater than it. The protagonists stand at such a point in the film, where different paths of different actions meet. And they must choose one.

The paths may be different but the destination they want is the same: each other. Do they get there?

Film: Aandhi

Music: R. D. Burman

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar

Lyrics: 🙂

Here goes…

Is Mod Se Jaate Hain

Is mod se jaate hain,

Kuchh sust-kadam raste, kuchh tez-kadam raahein,

Patthar ki haveli ko, sheeshe ke gharondo mein, tinkon ke nash-e-mann tak,

Is mod se jaate hain…

 

Aandhi ki tarah udkar, ek raah guzarti hai,

Sharmaati hui koi kadmon se utarti hai,

In reshmi raahon mein, ik raah to woh hogi,

Tum tak to jo pahunchti hai,

Is mod se jaate hain…

 

Ik door se aati hai, paas aake palatti hai,

Ik raah akeli-si, rukti hai na chalti hai,

Ye soch ke baithi hoon, ik raah to woh hogi,

Tum tak jo pahunchti hai,

Is mod se jaate hain…

 

Is mod se jaate hain kuchh sust-kadam raste,

Kuchh tez kadam raahein,

Patthar ki haveli ko, sheeshe ke gharondo mein, tinkon ke nash-e-mann tak,

Is mod se jaate hain…

 


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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