Reading Gulzar – Aanewaala Pal

Today, August 18, He celebrates His birthday.

Some 80 years ago, the Maker gave Hindi literature and cinema a gift like no other – Sampooran Singh Kalra was born in Deena, Punjab, now in Pakistan.

He brought the love of words to our cinema, has celebrated the greatness of love in everyday objects and deeds, and then mocked its fickle nature too with more than a snide, pithy remarks. The moon, the rain, the birthmark on the shoulder of a loved one – nothing was not sacred, nothing not revered. We may not have the poetry, the music, or even the singing of yesteryear, as popular wisdom will have you believe, but this man, this icon, this institution still writes. Still gives us dreams!

Whereas there’s no dearth of His writing, I selected this evergreen song to commemorate today. After all, the ephemeral nature of Life, its momentary beauty, and toying with its myriad mirages – I believe this is what He probably finds most joy in!

Film: Golmaal

Music: R. D. Burman

Singer: Kishore Kumar

Lyrics: 🙂

Here goes…

Aanewala Pal

Aanewaala pal,

Jaanewaala hai…

Ho sake to ismein zindagi bita do,

Pal jo yeh jaanewaala hai…


Ek baar yoon mili,

Masoom-si kali,

Khilte hue kaha,

Khushbaash, main chali…


Dekha to yahin hai, dhoondha to nahin hai,

Pal jo yeh jaanewaala hai…


Ek baar waqt se,

Lamha gira kahin,

Wahaan daastaan mili,

Lamha kahin nahin…


Thoda-sa hansa ke, thoda-sa rula ke,

Pal jo yeh jaanewaala hai…


Aanewaala pal,

Jaanewaala hai…


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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