Reading Gulzar – Bol Na Halke Halke

There is little exploration of fantastical love these days, and lesser still is it expressed. We don’t dream these days in obscure motifs and unreachable ideals, our quest is much easier, much accessible.

In such a time, there comes a song like this – romantic, soulful, and seeking to break the bonds of Time. Going back to a time when the Moon was both the companion and antagonist, hope as well as torment, laughter as well as pain of lovers, it gives us escape from the morbid bounds of commonality.

Film: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

Music: Shankar, Ehsan, and Loy

Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Lyrics: 🙂

Here goes…

Bol Na Halke Halke

Dhaage tod laao chandni se noor ke,

Ghoonghat hi bana lo roshni se noor ke,

Sharm aa gayi to aagosh mein lo,

Saanson se uljhi rahe meri saansein,

 

Bol na halke halke,

Honth se halke halke…

 

Aa neend ka sauda karein – ek khwaab de, ek khwaab le,

Ek khwaab to aankhon mein hai, ek chaand ke takiye tale,

Kitne dinon se yeh aasmaan bhi soya nahin hai,

Isko sulaake bol na halke halke…

 

Umrein lagi kehte hue: do lafz the, ek baat thi,

Woh ek din sau saal ka, sau saal ki woh raat thi,

Kaisa lage jo chup chaap dono,

Pal pal mein poori sadiyaan bita dein…

 

Dhaage tod laao chandni se noor ke,

Ghoonghat hi bana lo roshni se noor ke,

Sharm aa gayi to aagosh mein lo,

Saanson se uljhi rahe meri saansein,

 

Bol na halke halke,

Honth se halke halke…


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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