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Ek hi khwaab kai baar dekha hai maine

Posted on: June 28, 2013


This article is written by Pamir Harvey, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

This is the only song missing from Kinara (1977) on this blog. The song is in flashback, when Aarti (Hema Malini) remembers her fiancé (Dharmendra) and their times together. He has died in a car accident.

It is much of a recitation rather than song. When the lyrics say, chitthi hai yaa kavitaa? (is it a letter or a poem?). I feel like saying it is much more of a letter. Nevertheless, it is one of the most romantic and sensual song in the annals of Hindi cinema for me. The sensuality of this song is enhanced by fact that one feels like a voyeur of a deeply private conversation.


Song-Ek hi khwaab kai baar dekha hai maine(Kinaara)(1977) Singers-Bhupendra, Hema Malini, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

ek hi khwaab
kai baar
dekhaa hai maine
toone saadi mein
uddas li hai
meri chhaabiyaan
ghar ki
o o aur chali aayi hai
bas yoonhi
meraa haath pakad kar
hmm?
ek hi khwaab
kai baar
dekhaa hai maine

Tiku?

mez par phool
sajaate huwe
dekhaa hai
kai baar
mez par phool
sajaate huwe
dekhaa hai
kai baar
aur bistar se
kai baar
jagaayaa hai
tujhko
chalte phirte
tere
kadmon ki
wo aahat bhi
suni hai
hmm?
ek hi khwaab
kai baar
dekhaa hai maine

kyun? chitthi hai yaa kavitaa?

abhi tak to kavitaa hai

laa laa
laa laa
hmm hmm

gun gunaati huyi
nikli hai
nahaa ke
jab bhi
gun gunaati huyi
nikli hai
nahaa ke
jab bhi
aur
apne bheege huwe
baalon se
tapaktaa paani
mere chehre pe
chhitak deti hai
tu Tiku ki bachchi
ek hi khwaab
kai baar
dekhaa maine

taash ke patton pe
ladti hai
kabhi kabhi
khel mein
mujh se
haan aa aa
taash ke patton pe
ladti hai
kabhi kabhi
khel mein
mujh se
aur kabhi ladti bhi hai
jaise ke bas
khel rahi hai
mujh se
aur
aagosh mein
nanhe ko liye
Will you shut up?
laa laa laa
hmm hmm hmm
laa laa laa
laa laa laa laa
laa laa laa
hmm hmm hmm
laa laa laa
hmm hmm hmm
laa laa laa laa

laa laa laa laa

aur jaanti ho Tiku
jab tumhaaraa ye khwaab dekha thaa
apne bistar pe main
us waqt
padaa jaag rahaa thaa

2 Responses to "Ek hi khwaab kai baar dekha hai maine"

Beautiful post Harvey ji. i do not remember this song from the film now, as others were more popular.
Simply Beautiful, after all, its Gulzar saab’s.
in the fourth line “toone saadi mein uddas li hai’, i think it should be ” toone saadi mein ulajh li hai”.
Thanks for this one from Bhupinder Singh, who has given us some memorable songs to cherish forever.

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