Reading Gulzar – Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji

Today, six songs of love!

Love, the universal solvent of all our cinema, the reality around which all our fantasies are woven. Something that we sing and cry about all the time, and get to see so less. And understand even lesser. And because we understand it oh-so-little, we find that little voice in all our heads to push blame on. But what would that voice know? After all, it is a child.

Trust the Master to find an expression for all our follies of love, all our indiscretions and misdemeanours, all our audacious, self-destructive hope, and essentialise it in one sentence! For the first time, perhaps, there’s a reason why we do what we do.

Film: Ishqiya

Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Lyrics: 🙂

Here goes…

Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji

Aisi uljhi nazar unse hatati nahin,

Daant se reshmi dor katati nahin,

Umra kabki baras ke sufed ho gayi,

Kaari badri jawaani ki chattati nahin,


Wallah yeh dhadkhan badhne lagi hai,

Chehre ki rangat udne lagi hai,

Darr lagta hai tanha sone mein ji,


Kisko pata tha pehlu mein baitha dil aisa paaji bhi hoga,

Hum to hamesha samajhte the koi hum jaisa haaji hi hoga,

Haaye zor kare, kitna shor kare, bewajah baaton pe ainwayi gaur kare,

Dil sa koi kameena nahin…


Koi to roke, koi to toke,

Is umra mein ab khaaoge dhoke,

Darr lagta hai ishq karne mein ji,


Aisi udaasi baithi hai dil pe hasnse ghabra rahe hain,

Saari jawaani katra ke kaati peeri mein takra gaye hain,

Dil dhadakta hai to aise lagta hai woh aa raha hai yahin, dekhta hi na ho,

Prem ki maare kataar re…


Tauba yeh lamhein katate nahin kyun,

Aankhon se meri hatate nahin kyun,

Darr lagta hai khudse kehne mein ji…


Dil to bachcha hai ji,

Thoda kachcha hai ji…

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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