It is impossible for any musical lover to not be familiar with the name “Gulzar”. As beautiful as is the sound of his name, his words are magical too. Gulzar has penned more than 600 songs and there is always a unique element of metaphorical amalgamation of emotions in his writing that makes his songs heart wrenching unforgettable. Here are 10 masterpieces from his mesmerising collection of soulful songs.
Mera Kuch Samaan
The pain of leaving behind memories that never truly go away, is what Gulzar has captured in this beautifully written song, in the form of a letter. Maya writes this to Mahinder, the love of her life; and his wife Sudha reads it out to him. In this complex setting, every word of this song expresses the intensity of love between the two, and the subtle sarcasm is what makes it totally different from just another sad song.
Humne Dekhi Hai
While everyone talks about the beauty, depth and colour of the lover’s eyes, Gulzar writes about their fragrance. This is what makes his songs unique. The song talks about how “love” is intangible and does not need to be defined or given a name in the form of a relationship.
Tere Bine Zindagi Se koi
Distance between lovers makes the perfect situation for a sad song and this is exactly what the movie Aandhi is about. In this song, Gulzar has expressed the longing of two lovers separated by circumstances, in a way that expresses their tragedy so well.
Tujhse Naaraaz Nahee
A man torn between his happy family and an innocent and lonely boy paying for his mistake. The lyrics are heart breaking and beautifully portray the dilemma of the character. Exactly what Gulzar excels at!
A.R. Rahman and Gulzar make a wonderful combo and there are numerous songs that prove this; Chhaiya Chhaiya is certainly one of them. The popular item number became an instant hit as Farah Khan’s choreography and SRK and Malaika’s moves added visual finesse and glamour to it.
Dil Hoom Hoom Kare
The classic song touches the heart with metaphors that reflect the class difference love often succumbs to. Gulzar has worded it with excellent choice of words and this one is sure to steal your heart!
Chhod Aaye Hum
This song goes with so many feeling and life events… leaving hometown, shifting base, ending a relationship, and anything that has something to do with moving on. A group of friends who left their homes for a dangerous journey relive old memories in this beautifully crafted number.
How often does an item number reflect eloquence and class? It does, when Gulzar gives his magical touch and it is further embellished with Alisha Chinay’s voice. This one is by far the most celebrated item number in the history of Indian Cinema.
Naina Thug Lenge
Imagine Desdemona expressing her love for Othello… yes, that is what this song is about, in Omkara, the Indian adaptation of the classic. Every word of the song works in tandem to churn out the essence of pure unconditional love that she holds in her heart.
Dil To Bacha Hai Ji
Age is not helpful when it comes to controlling the symptoms of love. No matter how old you are, you will be as silly, obvious and naïve when in love, as a teenager would be. This is what this quirky song talks about.
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