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Dil to bachcha hai jee

Posted on: August 18, 2020

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Hullo Atuldom

Thank you Nahmji for reminding me of this song. How? Well in your previous post on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan you mentioned his nephew. And immediately I thought of today’s song which is written by the poet, lyricist, author screenwriter and director who turns a year younger today.

This man has worked with all the legends of the Hindi film industry beginning (as lyricist) with Sachin Dev Burman in 1963 in a movie directed by Bimal Roy. His last released movie is “The Sky is Pink” which released in September 2019 and was directed by Shonali Bose (a new director who has been making films since 2005) and had music by Pritam Chakravarty. In the interim (1963 to 2019) he has written songs for movies directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Asit Sen etc of the earlier brigade and Shaad Ali, Mani Ratnam, Danny Boyle etc from the newer set of directors. He has of course written songs in the movies he himself directed, the last of which came in 1999 – Hu Tu Tu. This Sahitya Akademi, Dadasaheb Phalke, Padma Bhushan award winner has won several National Film awards, 21 Filmfare awards and also an Academy Award (popular as Oscars) plus a Grammy. Such a talent that even International juries cannot ignore right?

So it must already be clear that I am here wishing Shri. Sampooran Singh Kalra professionally called Gulzar on his 86th birthday. There is enough material in various posts about this man’s biography so let us go directly to the song which has a play of words that is typical of Gulzar saab.

In this song he has used words like “Piri” which I am sure that common people like me don’t know the meaning of. I would love it if someone can give synonyms.
This song is from “Ishqiya” which released in 2010. (10 years back). It was directed by Abhishek Chaubey, produced by Raman Maroo and Vishal Bharadwaj and has music by Vishal Bharadwaj. It had a highly talented star cast headed by stalwart Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi and a whole lot of talent in supporting cast too. It was written by Gulzar too. The story was placed in Gorakhpur. It had to do with the escapades of two criminals who botch up a job and run away to take refuge in the home of one Vidyadhar Verma (Adil Hussain- remember seeing him as Sridevi’s husband in “English Vinglish”) and end up meeting Verma’s wife Krishna (Vidya Balan) who gives them shelter to achieve her own secret goal.

Baaki ki kahaani parde pe (see the movie to enjoy this ‘black comedy’). After all if this 86 year old can say “dil toh bachcha hai ji” even we, his fans, should have bachhpana in our “dil”
The song is sung by Raahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Happy Birthday once again Kalraji a.k.a Gulzar saab.



Song-Dil to bachcha hai jee (Ishqiya)(2010) Singer-Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Vishal Bhardwaj


aisi uljhi nazar unse hat’ti nahin
daant se reshmi dor kat’ti nahin
umr kabki baras ke sufed ho gayi
kaari badri jawaani ki chhat’ti nahin
wallah yeh dhadkan
badhne lagi hai
chehre ki rangat
udne lagi hai
darr lagta hai tanha sone mein jee
dil toh bachcha hai jee
dil toh bachcha hai jee
thoda kachcha hai jee
dil toh bachcha hai jee
aisi uljhi nazar unse hat’ti nahin
daantse reshmi dor kat’ti nahin
umr kab ki baras ke sufed ho gayi
kaari badri jawaani ki chhant’ti nahin
raaa ra aaa aaa aa
raaa ra aaa aaa aa
raaa ra aaa aaa aa
raaa ra aaa aaa aa
raaa ra aaa aaa aa
raaa ra aaa aaa aa

kisko pata thha pehlu mein rakkha
dil aisa paaji bhi hoga
hum toh hamesha samajhte thhe koi
hum jaisa haaji hi hoga
haaye zor karein kitna shor karein
bewajah baaton pe ainvayi gaur karen
dil sa koi kameena aa nahin
koi toh roke
koi toh toke
iss umr mein ab khaaoge dhokhe
darr lagta hai ishq karne mein jee
dil toh bachcha hai jee,
dil toh bachcha hai jee
thhoda kachcha hai jee,
dil toh bachcha hai jee

aisi udaasi baithhi hai dil pe
hansne se ghabra rahe hai
saari jawaani katra ke kaati
piri mein takra gaye hai
dil dhadkta hai toh
aise lagta hai woh
aa raha hai yahin dekhta hi raho
prem ki maare kataar re ae
tauba yeh lamhe
kat’te nahin kyun
aankhon se meri
hat’te nahin kyun
darr lagta hai khud se kehne mein bhi
dil toh bachcha hai jee,
dil toh bachcha hai jee
thhoda kachcha hai jee,
dil to bachcha hai jee

2 Responses to "Dil to bachcha hai jee"

I like this song from the new generation.. has a very different feel to it compared to other songs from this generation :). Thanks for posting this Peevesie’s Mom :).

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Peevesie’s Mom.

Maza aa gaya,

I had watched the video clip of the song as well as listened to the song many times. But listening to the song with lyrics in front of me is a bliss.

I do not know the meaning of ‘piri’ which I also heard this word for the first time. I can guess on the basis of the previous line of the song ‘saari JAWAANI katra ke kaati’ that the meaning of ‘piri’ may be opposite of ‘jawwani’, that is ‘aged’.

In the entire lyrics, I felt that the word ‘prem’ Gulzar saab used in the line ‘prem ki maare kataar re’ was odd in the entire rhyme of the song. But I realised that Gulzar saab may have used the refrain from a popular traditional thumri ‘prem ki maar kataar’.


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