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Zindagi kyaa hai gham ka dariya hai

Posted on: July 21, 2011


“Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kyaa” (1963) is a movie starring Shammi Kapoor and B Saroja Devi. This movie apparently did not do well at the box office.

The movie did not have music by the usual musical pair of Hasrat Jaipuri/Shailendra and Shankar Jaikishan. Rather this movie had Shakeel Badayuni as the lyricist and Ravi as the music director. And they created some standout songs in this movie.

Here is a song from this movie that I may have heard in the past but only casually. Only when nahm sent me the lyrics of this song that I paid attention to this song.

This song is sung by Rafi and his voice shines through, as always. It has to be one of the more memorable melancholic songs in Hindi movies.

The video of the song shows Shammi Kapoor lip syncing the song. Some portion of the video seems to be missing and as a result, parts of the song are missing. Complete audio ink of the song is also provided to enable the readers to savour the entire song.

Complete audio link :

Video link :

Song-Zindagi kyaa hai gham ka dariya hai (Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kyaa)(1963) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Shakeel Badayuni, MD-Ravi

Lyrics(Provided by nahm)

Zindagi kyaa hai
gham ka dariya hai
na jeena yahaan bas mein
na marna yahaan bas mein
ajab duniya hai

zindagi kyaa hai

haay re wo insaan ke jis ko
gham ki nazar lag jaaye
haay re wo insaan ke jis ko
gham ki nazar lag jaaye
chupke chupke aah bhare aur
munh se na kuchh keh paaye
dil apna hansta hai khud par
aur kabhi rota hai
kabhi rota hai

zindagi kya hai
gham ka dariya hai
na jeena yahaan bas mein
na marna yahaan bas mein
ajab duniya hai

zindagi kyaa hai

jhooti hai duniya ki bahaaren
rang hain saare kachchey
jhooti hai duniya ki bahaaren
rang hain saare kachchey
waqt padey to thham le daaman
phool se kaante achhey
is gulshan mein qadam qadam par
ek nayaa dhokha hai
nayaa dhokha hai

zindagi kya hai
gham ka dariya hai
na jeena yahaan bas mein
na marna yahan bas mein
ajab duniya hai

zindagi kya hai

jab insaan akela thha to
dukh bhi na thhe jeewan mein
jab insaan akela thha to
dukh bhi na thhe jeewan mein
paayaa jab hamraahi us ne
doob gayaa uljhan mein
yeh duniya hai begaanon ki
kaun yahaan apna hai
yahaan apna

zindagi kya hai
gham ka dariya hai
na jeena yahaan bas mein
na marna yahaan bas mein
ajab duniya

zindagi kya hai

jitna apne gham ko bhulaana
chaahta hai insaan
jitna apne gham ko bhulaana
chaahta hai insaan
utna hi badhhta hai gham ka
seene mein toofan
na koyi manzil hai dil ki
na koyi rastaa hai
koyi rastaa

zindagi kya hai
gham ka dariya hai
na jeena yahaan bas mein
na marna yahaan bas mein
ajab duniya hai
zindagi kya hai

5 Responses to "Zindagi kyaa hai gham ka dariya hai"

Atul, thanks for “bringing out” this memorable song. It has become memorable because of Rafi Saheb’s “dard” and Sahir Saheb’s poignant and robust verses.

By 1966-67, this song was on most people’s lips and in their hearts and minds. The Communist “shair” in Sahir Saheb had done his share in moving people to a new awareness through his songs. He had already published his volumes of poetry including “Talkhiyaan” and “Parchaaiyaan”, and some poems found there were making their way into movies.

One evening in 1967, I saw Sahir Saheb standing outside a shopping center near Andheri Railway Station (West) in suburban Mumbai (then Bombay). He was puffing away at his cigarette sorrounded by two of his “chamchas”. He was already famous, and probably a millionaire (despite being a Communist!). But he remained humble and approachable all through his life, though he had his share of wordly problems (zindagi kyaa hai gham ka dariya hai). I made a quick “aadaab” which was returned by Sahir Saheb smilingly, and that gesture will always remain fresh in my memory!

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This Sahir, Ravi and Rafi number always hits me in the chest. Atul, your site with these memorable performances, along with the lyrics and historical perspective is the most value-able service to the Indian community. I am greatly indebted to you. Please keep up the good work.

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As per your notes, this song is penned by Shakeel Badayuni, & not by Sahir Ludhianvi. Kindly confirm, and correct if true.

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It is Shakeel Badayuni. It is the comments by some readers that have brought in Sahir Ludhianvi. My writeup only mentions Shakeel Badayuni.

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can i get this song translated to english

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