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Kaisa hai mere dil tu khilaadi

Posted on: April 27, 2012

From the details furnished by Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh, our inhouse walking encyclopaedia, it was seen that “Gambler” (1970) had five songs and as many as four songs from the movie had already been discussed.

The missing song was “Kaisa hai mere dil tu khilaadi” sung by Kishore Kumar.

Based on this information, Peevesie’s mom sent me the lyrics of this missing song from “Gambler” (1970).

I had never heard this song before and I found the picturisation of this song quite interesting. In fact I find that not one but two iconic scenes in future Amitabh Bachchan movies may have been inspired from this song. For instance, this song shows a decadent Dev Anand talking (rather singing) to him reflection in a mirror. Several years later Amitabh Bachchan, playing Anthony would talk to his reflection in a mirror in “Amar Akbar Anthony” (1977).

Then in this song, Dev Anand expresses his feelings thus

“kya nahin mere pass
dhan bhi
izzat bhi
bungla bhi
car bhi…”

Needless to say, this dialogue was famously used in “Deewaar” a few years later.

This song, original inspiration to not one but two iconic scenes in Hindi movies is in itself a forgotten song. I heard this song for the first time only just now and found it a special song. Kishore Kumar sings one stanza describing his material wealth, and then in the next stanza, his switches over to introspective mode telling himself that he in reality has nothing that will bring him happiness. This manic depression mood swing follows one again in the song.

This hidden gem is written by Neeraj. Music is composed by S D Burman.

With this song, we have now discussed all the songs of “Gambler” (1970) in this blog.

SongKaisa hai mere dil tu khilaadi (Gambler)(1970) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Neeraj, MD-S D Burman

Lyrics(Provided by Peevesie’s mom)

kaisa hai mere dil tu khilaadi
bharke bhi hai tera pyaala khaali
kaisa hai mere dil tu khilaadi
bharke bhi hai tera pyaala khaali
kaisa hai mere dil tu oo oo

kya nahin mere pass
kya nahin mere pass
dhan bhi
izzat bhi
bungla bhi
car bhi
jaam bhi sharaab bhi
bungla bhi
car bhi
jaam bhi sharaab bhi
baago bahaar bhi
arre kya nahin mere pass
aa ha hahahaa
ee he hehehehe
nazarein nazaarein bhi
chaand aur taare bhi
saaqi maikhana bhi
saara zamaana bhi
aaj main duniya khareed sakta hoooooon

kaisa hai mere dil tu khiladi
bharke bhi hai tera pyaala khaali
kaisa hai mere dil tu oo oo

zindagi hai ek cigar
teri zindagi hai ek cigaaar
o teri zindagi hai ek cigar
kaun tujhe samjhaaye
zorse jitni
kash kheenche tu
zorse jitni
kash khinchen tu
utni jalti jaaye
aa ha hahahaa
oo ho hohoho
apne se khel tu
duniya se khel tu
zindagi se khel tu
kismat se khel tu
tu sabhi se khel sakta hai

kaisa hai mere dil tu khilaadi
bharke bhi hai tera pyaala khaali
kaisa hai mere dil tu khilaadi
bharke bhi hai tera pyaala khaali


2 Responses to "Kaisa hai mere dil tu khilaadi"

I had seen this film in when it was first released. All the songs are exceptionally good. Neeraj’s poetry has added a new dimension to the Hindi song lyrics which could have given a tough challenge to then rising star Anand Bakshi. But Neeraj being very moody and drown in sorrow, lost the race before it began.

This song’s composition is unique and I had liked it the moment I watched the song in the theater. But over a period of time I completely forgot this song until just now.

Thanks for reviving the memory of the song.

This was not yet posted? It’s such a lovely song – I’ve always known this because I had a Gambler cassette in the cassette days (I probably still have it somewhere), so I know all the songs of Gambler quite well. 🙂

There’s always a thing with poets who write song lyrics. Their poetry usually comes to the fore, even if sometimes it is dumbed down to suit a bigger audience. Neeraj was in this category – I’ve found his lyrics almost always very high-quality In partnership with SD Burman, he’s given us some really lovely songs. I think after SD’s death, he lost out, not having another steady composer for support. Also, times had changed – maybe poetry was less valued in the masala decade of the 70s (even Sahir’s quality in 70s is not the same as it was in the 60s, though he did write some good poetry).

Whenever I would listen to this song, the philosophical side of it would make me think.

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