Reading Gulzar – Filhaal

There is, arguably, no escape from the ephemeral nature of Life.

We sail on a sea of motion, where the tides of Time and Chance decide our destinations as much as the forces of Will and Desire. Life is lost and found in the finite moments of tranquility that exist in the storms that ravage, ceaselessly, these waters. And we are all, always, fighting for these moments.

Which is why, at times, it seems prudent to forget the big picture, let go of the dream of the golden shore of destination that awaits on the other side. They will come, yes; but for what it is worth, we could always breathe a little. Make do with the simple pleasures that abound in the featureless commonality and redundancy of Routine. Love ourselves a little.

We know not when the wind will change its course, we know not what the weather gods decide, we can never foresee what the next moment will bring. But if we enjoy what we have, when we have it, no joy is too small to be celebrated.

I have written earlier of Gulzar’s celebration of everyday objects, occurrences, and experiences (here and here, for your reading pleasure). This piece, instead, is about everyday sentiments.

Film: Filhaal

Music: Anu Malik

Singer: Asha Bhonsle

Lyrics: 🙂

Here goes…

Filhaal

Aye zindagi,

Yeh lamha jee lene de…

 

Pehle se likha kuchh bhi nahin,

Roz naya kuchh likhti hai tu,

Jo bhi likha hai, dil se jiya hai,

Yeh lamha filhaal jee lene de…

 

Masoom si hansi, bewajah hi kabhi,

Honthon pe khil jaati hai,

Anjaan si khushi, behti hui kabhi,

Saahil pe mil jaati hai,

 

Yeh anjaana sa darr, ajnabee hai magar,

Khoobsurat hai, jee lene de…

 

Dil hi mein rehta, aankhon mein behta hai,

Kachcha sa ek khwaab hai,

Lagta sawaal hai, shaayad jawaab hai,

Dil phir bhi betaab hai,

 

Yeh sukoon hai to hai, yeh junoon hai to hai,

Khoobsurat hai, jee lene de…

 

Pehle se likha kuchh bhi nahin,

Roz naya kuchh likhti hai tu,

Jo bhi likha hai, dil se jiya hai,

Yeh lamha filhaal jee lene de…

 


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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