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Dil dhoondhta hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din

Posted on: July 26, 2008


What makes a song tick and makes it hummable? Here let me talk about just this song. If you have not seen the movie or the visuals of the song, you can still visualise the theme by listening to the lyrics and the tune. One can make out that the two persons are on a hill station and are yearning for those days when they had time and the life went on at a leisurely pace. Listen to the lyrics, and listen to the music, both go hand in hand like the two actors ( Sanjiv Kumar and Sharmila Tagore) enacting the scene, at perfect harmony with each other.

You can visualise spending leisurely holidays in mild winter, summer as well as in snowy weather.Lyrics talk about being on a hill station listening to echoes, and the echo in the music that follows virtually takes you there to the hills, if the lyrics had not taken you there already.

There are four paras in the lyrics. First para is sung entirely by Bhupinder.The second, third and fouth paras is almost entirely sung by Lata before Bhupinder sings towards the end of these paras singing the same lyrics that he sang in the first para. Listen to the first line of the second, third and fouth para, and then the music that follows.Lata’s voice in these lines and the music that is played after that gives me goosebumps, every time I listen to that. And I have been listening to this song for some 33 years ! This is called timeless music.

And what about the lyrics ? One may not understand the lyrics fully, but one is left in no doubt that it is the lyrics that enable the music and the singers to create this magic. Gulzar, the lyricist deserves great kudos for this song.

And what about Madan Mohan ? He created as many as twenty tunes for this song, three of which were used in this movie. Madan Mohan had died before the movie was released. Madan Mohan had left a big collection of unused tunes, and one of the unused 17 tunes for this song that Madan Mohan had left behind, was used for a Veer Zaara song in 2004, nearly three decades after his death. And that tune, even though used in an era with changed musical tastes, sounded as timeless as the tunes used in Mausam.

Even after the song is over, you feel the sweet after effects of the song in your mind. This song is one that gives your mind a mental massage and refreshes you.

PS-This song is a multiple version song. It has a Bhupinder Singh solo version as well. I have now included the male solo version of the song as well. Its lyrics were provided by Prakashchandra.

Audio

Video

(Solo version)
Audio

Song: Dil dhoondhta hai phir wahi (Mausam) (1975) Singers-Bhupinder Singh, Lata, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Madan Mohan

Lyrics

Dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wahi fursat Ke raat din
dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wahi fursat Ke raat din
baithhe rahen tasawwur-e-Jaanaa kiye huye
dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din
dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wahie

Jaadon Ki narm dhoop aur aangan mein let kar
Jaadon Ki narm dhoop aur aangan mein let kar
aankhon pe kheench kar tere aanchal ke saaye Ko
aankhon pe kheench kar tere aanchal ke saaye Ko
aundhe pade rahen kabhi karwat liye huye
dil dhoondhtaa hai,
O dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din
dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wohi

yaa garmiyon ki raat jo purwaayiaan chale
yaa garmiyon ki raat jo purwaayiaan chale
thhandi safed chaadaron pe jaagen der tak
thhandi safed chaadaron pe jaagen der tak
taaron ko dekhte rahen chhat par pade huye
dil dhoondhtaa hai,
O dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din
dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wohi

barfeeli sardiyon mein kisi bhi pahaad par
barfeeli sardiyon mein kisi bhi pahaad par
waadi mein goonjti huyi, khaamoshiyaan sunen
waadi mein goonjti huyi, khaamoshiyaan sunen
aankhon mein bheege bheege se lamhe liye huye
dil dhoondhtaa hai,
O dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din
dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din
baithhe rahen tasawwur-e-jaanaa kiye huye
dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din
dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wahi

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Translation
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The heart once again yearns for those leisurely days and nights
When we could just sit back leisurely, and let our imagination wander

Relaxing on our back in the backyard,under the mild winter sun,
Coving our head with the shade of your daaman
And sometimes turning over and lying on our tummies

Or,breezes may be blowing on summer nights
We would be keeping awake late into the night lying on cold white sheets,
gazing at the stars lying sprawled on the rooftop

During chilly winter on some hill,
We may be listening to stillness echoing through valleys
living misty moments through the eyes

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Solo version (Lyrics provided by Prakashchandra)
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dil dhoondhtaa hai
phir wahi
fursat ke raat din
dil dhoondhtaa hai
phir wahi
fursat ke raat din
baithhe rahen
tasawwur-e-jaanaa kiye huye ae ae
dil dhoondhtaa hai
phir wahi
fursat ke raat din

jaadon ki narm dhoop aur aangan mein let kar
jaadon ki narm dhoop aur aangan mein let kar
aankhon pe kheench kar tere aanchal ke saaye ko
aundhe pade rahen kabhi karwat liye huye ae ae
dil dhoondhtaa hai
phir wahi
fursat ke raat din

yaa garmiyon ki raat jo purwaayiaan chalein aen
yaa garmiyon ki raat jo purwaayiaan chalein
thhandi safed chaadaron pe jaagen der tak
taaron ko dekhte rahen chhat par pade huye
dil dhoondhta hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din

barfeeli sardiyon mein
kisi bhi pahaad par
barfeeli sardiyon mein
kisi bhi pahaad par
waadi mein goonjti huyi,
khaamoshiyaan sunen
aankhon mein bheege bheege se lamhe liye huye ae ae
dil dhoondhtaa hai
phir wahi
fursat ke raat din
dil dhoondhtaa hai
phir wahi
fursat ke raat din
baithhe rahen tasawwur-e-jaanaa kiye huye
dil dhoondhtaa hai
phir wahi
fursat ke raat din

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47 Responses to "Dil dhoondhta hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din"

This is truly a great song.
In every sense.
Awesome lyrics…soft music…very well rendered by Bhupinder and Lata.
Gulzar has always been a very good song-writer but here he excels himself (as he does in Aandhi but I suspect that may also be coming sometime 😉 ).

Raja, how did you guess ?

I chanced upon your notes and was simply blown away by the feeling that someone loves this duet as much as I do.

i like the song pls mail it me . thanx

Sir,

Great song … really it is close to my heart but this song was not sung by Bhupen Hazarika. his name is Bhupendra different singer. check out the films like Parichay staring Jitendra & Jaya Bhaduri. Gharounda Staring Amol Palekar & Zareena Wahab. or Sitara Staring Mithun Chakravorthy & Zareena Wahab. I am having a full Collection of Bhupendraji, R. D. Burman Sahab, & Gulzar Sahab. so change the singers name after confirming my given refrences. thanks for reading this.

For long, I thought there was only one Bhupendra. I have been informed some time back that there were two of them, one was Bhupendra Hazarika of Assam and another was Bhupinder Singh of Punjab. Thanks for the informmation. I will make the corrections.

Really a good information about it and its amazing song. I really love to listen it again and again. Good job – squarecutatul.

Hi..

can please anyone tell the exact meaning of
“tasawwur-e-Jaanaa kiye huye”..??

Hi,

This is a nice piece, and a lovely song. Wanted to point out that the singer is Bhupinder Singh, not to be confused with Bhupen Hazarika, who is actually another good musician and singer:)

Dear,

I think, one must break the line in following way

DIL DHOONDHTA HAI PHIR WOHI FURSAT,
KE RAAT DIN BAITHE RAHE TASSAVUR-E-JANA KIYE HUE….

Putting comma after fursat renders both the lines meaningless, , and in addition abruptly stops the flow of the words,IMHO.

I have an mp3 of madan mohan singing this song and he pauses after fursat. But Bhupinder sang it without pause in the final cut. I suppose it ws the result of some discussion amongst them about it.

I have two questions about this – as this is the most informative article I came across about this song:
1) Can someone really break down the meaning of the lyrics – I know Hindi fairly well but I think this is an Urdu poem, and so the translation doesn’t make complete sense to me. Dhil Dhoondta Hai [this is clear] phir wohi [once again?] fursat ke…
Wouldn’t you normally say Phir wohi Dhil Dhoondta hai?
And also “tasawwur-e-Jaanaa kiye huye”
I wonder also why lyrics are always transcribed in English, if they were in Hindi it would be clearer in my opinon.

2) Nobody seems to mention the version at the beginning of the movie. Isn’t that one much better?

Thanks

Well if you write a poetry only the way you talk, much of the poetry would be lost!

“Ji dhoondtaa hai phir wahi fursat Ke raat din
baithe rahen tasawwur-e-Jaanaa kiye huye”

is a part of a Ghazal written by Mirza Ghalib. This is 16th shair’ of a 17 shair ghazal. Only first word “ji” has been replaced with “dil” by Gulzar in the mukhda of this song. The rest of the lines are sheer poetry too.

As i recollect, the use of Ghalib’s shair has been acknowledged in the movie credits also.

Beautiful song about the four seasons, I’ve come to love both versions equally. But when I watched this as a child, the picturization with flashbacks left me so confused. Just reciting the opening lines makes one start sniffling and sighing.
Isn’t Bhupen Hazarika the haunting voice of Dil hoom hoom kare?

“tasawwur” means Khayal (to think of someone).

Heart is missing those free times when it used to spend time just thinking of loved one.

Btw, original sher by Ghalib was:

jee dhoondhtaa hai phir wohee fursat, ke raat din
baithe rahein tasawwur-e-jaanaa kiye huye

And, Gulzar used following version in the song

dil dhoondhtaa, hai phir wohee, fursat ke raat din
baithe rahein, tasawwur-e-, jaanaa kiye huye

Atul ji,
In my opinion,a comma after the word ‘ fursat ‘ is most appopriate.In that case the meaning is more apt,like
(roughly) I am looking for the same free time
when,day and night I can get lost in the thoughts of my beloved.
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@ATUL JI/ARUN KUMAAR JI/NAHM JI

I will try to make all this clear
1. the verse that Mirza Ghalib wrote was like this :
Ji dhoondhta hai phir wohi fursat,ki raat din
Baithe rahe tasawwur e jaana kiye huye

2. Inspired from the above verse Gulzar wrote the mukhda of this song as :
Dil dhoondta hai phir wohi fursat ke raat din
Baithe rahe tasawwur e jaana kiye huye .

(here point to be noted is that: IN Mirza ghalib’s verse there is a comma after the word Fursat and its “ki” not “ke raat din” )

The meaning of Ghalibs verse is same as Arun kumaar ji pointed out :
I am looking for the same free time when,day and night :
I can get lost in the thoughts of my beloved.

(here Ghalib has created one “suspense” in the first misra,as generally done by poets of mushaira :Ending the first misra in such a way that listners of the mushaira become curious about the “answer” to that suspense.And after repeating the first misra few times ,Shayar himself solve/answer that “suspense ” in the second misra (line) of that She’r .

Hence listeners will just wonder after listening to first misra that: what is the thing/act that he used to do “day and night ” in his free time (which means the time when he was in love), and they will get the answer in the second misra that the “thing/act ” was :”getting lost in thoughts of beloved” !!)

Gulzars version is more simple with each line is complete and there is no “suspense” in this She’r,and it simply means:

I am looking for day and nights of Leisure.
I want to just get lost in thoughts of my beloved .

Regarding the meaning of Gulzar’s version ,its like this actually(correction from my above comment):
I am looking again for the past day and nights of Leisure.
I use to/want to just get lost in thoughts of my beloved .

Atiullah97 ji,
I am very happy to read your comment.After a long time,someone has used the right words like ‘ misra ‘ and ‘ she’r ‘ ( most people use the word shair,which is neither here nor there ).
The responsibility of a translater lies on making the sentiment or the hidden or implied meaning pronounced in the other language and NOT meanings of each word separately (unless required by the contingency of the matter).
It is a matter of regret that there are very few connoisseurs of pure Urdu to be seen nowadays.Such is the case with almost all languages,I am afraid !
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Awesome lyrics.Beautiful song 🙂

what one could say about a song of this sort ? A great combination of words, music, and represetation 🙂

Atul: I wholeheartedly agree with your comment: “Listen to the first line of the second, third and fouth para, and then the music that follows.Lata’s voice in these lines and the music that is played after that gives me goosebumps, every time I listen to that. And I have been listening to this song for some 33 years ! This is called timeless music.”

By the way, the link you have for the video says it is private; I uploaded a high-resoultion version of this song at Youtube:

Atul: Here is the embedding link to the public version of Dil Dhoodhta Hai that I uploaded on YouTube:

hi…your link is broken (video removed). Please use this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWDiJTWJskE

sounds magical each time 1 hears it 2 it 🙂

this is a lovely romantic song

Thanks a lot for all the details. So nice of you

this is a video on the original (ghalib’s) version:

Please correct “aankhon pe kheench kar tere daaman ke saaye Ko”.
insted of “Daaman” there is word “aanchal”

This is why I keep going to this place. I can not believe how many
entries I missed since my last visit!

Very nice song with excellent lyrics. Solo by Bhupinder and Latha Mangeshkar, both cannot be evaluated better to other! simply good in their own way of singing.

barfilee sardiyo me kisee bhee pahad par
wadee me gunjatee hui, khamoshiya sune
aankho me bhige bhige se lamhe liye huye…….gulzar ki poetry kahin bdi pechida hoti hai to kahin kitni khoobsurati ke sath ve seedhe sade shbdon se ek drishy shbdon se ‘paint’ kr dete hain. aisa hi yh gana hai aur iski drishyaatmakataa ke karan ye alg lgta hai. aur brson se mera fav hai

Simply great, timeless classics …

Atul ji, the song has 2 versions, the duet as posted above, and a solo by Bhupinder (much better rendition in my opinion).

Sorry, Haven`t noticed the fact that Solo version lyrics are not posted:
Lyrics of Bhupinder Sing Solo Version of “Dil Dhoondtha hai”
(Lyrics of audio solo version)
audio link:

dil dhoondhtaa hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din
dil dhoondhtaa hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din
baithhe rahen tasawwur-e-jaanaa kiye huye ae
dil dhoondhtaa hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din

jhaadon ki narm dhoop aur aangan mein let kar
jhaadon ki narm dhoop aur aangan mein let kar
aankhon pe kheench kar tere aanchal ke saaye ko
aundhe pade rahen kabhi karwat liye huye ae
dil dhoondhtaa hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din

yaa garmiyon ki raat jo purwaayiaan chalein
yaa garmiyon ki raat jo purwaayiaan chalein
thhandi safed chaadaron pe jaagen der tak
taaron ko dekhte rahen chhat par pade huye
dil dhoondhta hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din

barfeeli sardiyon mein kisi bhi pahaad par
barfeeli sardiyon mein kisi bhi pahaad par
waadi mein goonjti huyi, khaamoshiyaan sunen
aankhon mein bheege bheege se lamhe liye huye
dil dhoondhtaa hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din
dil dhoondhtaa hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din
baithhe rahen tasawwur-e-jaanaa kiye huye
dil dhoondhtaa hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din

video link(contains only 1st and 2nd stanza and also shorter than the audio solo version regarding repetition of some lines->incorporated as title card sequences)

Here is oriiginally posted video of Lata-Bhupendra duet song , which seems to have disappeared from the page :

Somewhat better quality audio link of the duet version

Thank you Atul ji for including the solo version of the song. Thank you Prakash ji for the lyrics of the solo song.

And now it is time for… YIPPEEEE! :). Mausam (1975) now officially joins the ranks of movies where all songs from the movie have been covered on the blog. Congratulations and thank you Atul ji :).

Some of the tunes created by Madan Mohan for this song in his own voice.

Thank you Sadanand ji. That was really nice to hear!

Such a mesmerising song.I have heard that it has an extra stanza on the rains which was not used in the film. Have been searching for that since long but I havent found it anywhere.Dil dhoondta hai…truly 🙂 I am hoping one of the readers of your blog might know about it!

I love reading your blog!

Very nice discussion forum and all great comments. Thank you, Atul. Roopa, the extra stanza(s) are not by Gulzar but attempted by Kanupriya (Google Gulazr 101). It reads…Galiyon mein… baarishon mein, bach kar chalo jo tum,
Hans dein hum, dhaani chunri pe… chheente uchhaal kar
Dekha karein…aankhein teri ….shikwe liye hue

Thank you, Nitinji. Although not written by Gulzar, it was nice reading these lines 🙂

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