Here are the 10 most beautiful songs by Gulzar Sahab.
1. Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeeb Thi
Only Gulzar can write a song that bridges the past and the present. What Gulzar is describing is a feeling of déjà vu, that’s why Woh shaam uch ajeeb thi, you’re experiencing similar things twice and can’t reconcile yourself as to what’s happening is either reality or imagination
2. Maine Tere Liye Hi Saat Rang Ke Sapne Chune
Anand made people sit up and take notice of the fact that life should be counted by the experiences you have and not your age. Maine tere liye hi saat rang ke sapne chune is an ode to love and its memory both.
3. Musafir Hoon Yaaron
The short, sweet song reminds us that we are nothing but travelers in this life’s journey and should just follow the road and enjoy the journey.
4. Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi
Gulzar had to write about lost love and longing. According to film lore, he heard Pancham rehearsing a Pujo album song, Jete jete pathe holo deri, and the tune got stuck in his head. He felt it was apt for the situation.
5. O Manjhi Re
The words aptly bring out the pain internalized by the central character. It’s said that those present at the recording had trouble keeping their eyes dry
6. Do Naina Ek Kahani
A mother is putting her daughters to bed and another child – who happens to be her stepson, silently watches from the shadows as she sings this haunting lullaby… one can’t forget the haunting visuals that go with the song, nor its words.
7. Tujhse Naraz Nahi Zindagi
Life has a way of throwing curveballs at you. You can’t help smiling, even laughing at the joke that has been played on you. These feelings are poignantly captured by Gulzar in what can be said to be his best philosophical song of all time.
8. Mera Kuch Samaan
It celebrated lost love with gay abundance. Only Gulzar could dwell so well in a lover’s psyche.
9. Beedi Jalaile
Who would have thought that Gulzar could come up with this raunchy song at 70 plus age? But such is his youthfulness, his versatility that he manages to sound like a 20-year old poet. He could churn out emotions with just the right amount of risqué words.
10. Jai Ho
The song that won us the Oscar. It speaks of keeping hope alive even in the midst of adversity and also celebrates life in all its fullness – just like the maestro who wrote it.
By Srilekha Mitra