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A timeless classic club/party song from the 1951 hit Hindi movie Baazi, Sung by Geeta Dutt, Music composed by S. D. Burman and Lyrics penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. Song was portrayed on Geeta Baali and Dev Anand.

Talking about this movie is post for another day, but lets just stick to the song for now. Some may think this as a simple song, but it is as complex as any human emotions that cannot be quantified. Originally written as a Ghazal by Sahir but turned to a club song by S.D. Burman, it comes with as much philosophy that can come.  The girl is challenging the guy to change his planned fate by gambling for once trusting himself. By the end of the song, the guy indeed takes up the challenge.

In the lyrics below that I posted, there is a translation of the same by Khwaja Tariq Mahmood, an author who had transliterated /translated famous poets’ works into English. Just read that to understand the depth of this song.



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi / Urdu

Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey
Tadbeer Se Bigadi Hui Taqdeer Bana Le, Taqdeer Bana Le
Apne Pe Bharosa Hai Toh Yeh Daov Laga Le, Laga Le Daov Laga Le
Tadbeer Se Bigadi Hui Taqdeer Bana Le, Taqdeer Bana Le
Apne Pe Bharosa Hai Toh Yeh Daov Laga Le, Laga Le Daov Laga Le....

Hey Hey, Hey Hey
Darta Hai Zamaane Ki Nighaahon Se Bhala Kyon, Nighaahon Se Bhala Kyon
Darta Hai Zamaane Ki Nighaahon Se Bhala Kyon, Nighaahon Se Bhala Kyon
Insaaf Tere Saath Hai Ilzaam Utha Le, Ilzaam Utha Le
Apne Pe Bharosa Hai Toh Yeh Daov Laga Le, Laga Le Daov Laga Le....

Hey Hey, Hey Hey
Kya Khaak Woh Jeena Hai Jo Apne Hi Liye Ho, Apne Hi Liye Ho
Kya Khaak Woh Jeena Hai Jo Apne Hi Liye Ho, Apne Hi Liye Ho
Khud Mit Ke Kisi Aur Ko Mitne Se Bacha Le, Mitne Se Bacha Le
Apne Pe Bharosa Hai Toh Yeh Daov Laga Le, Laga Le Daov Laga Le....

Hey Hey Hey, Hey Hey Hey
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey
Hey
Tooti Hue Patwaar Hain Kashti Ke Toh Gham Kya
Haari Hui Baahon Ko Hi Patwaar Bana Le, Patwaar Bana Le
Apne Pe Bharosa Hai Toh Yeh Daov Laga Le, Laga Le Daov Laga Le
Tadbeer Se Bigadi Hui Taqdeer Bana Le, Taqdeer Bana Le
Apne Pe Bharosa Hai Toh Yeh Daov Laga Le, Laga Le Daov Laga Le


The English translation by Khwaja Tariq Mahmood, from the book “Poems of Sahir Ludhianvi” is below:

With Stratagem, You Overcome Your Ruined Fate
If You Trust Your Ambit, This Gambit You Demonstrate

Justice Is On Your Side, You Have Nothing To Hide
Why Be Afraid, If The World Will Scold And Berate

That Is Hardly A Living, If You Live Only For Self
From Your Dust, When Die You Must, Let Someone Incarnate

What If The Boat Is Rudderless, Not To Rock The Boat
Become Yourself A Boatswain, Ready To Innovate

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