Eyes gazed down are yearning or not? (Jhuki jhuki si nazar beqaraar hai ke nahin?)


Those concealed eyes are in longing, or not?
Though repressed inside the heart – love it is, or not?

You count your heart-beats and reveal me a secret
Like mine – your heart too is restless…  or not?

That moment in which love reaches its pinnacle,
You keep yearning for such one moment…  or not?

I’m distancing and dismissing whole world in your hope,
You too possess this much belief in yourself… or not?

– Dedicated of course to the concealed eyes…

The ghazal is from one of my favorite Hindi films, no-nonsense and art-house cinema masterpiece: Arth (1982) by film-maker Mahesh Bhatt. Rendition presented above is part of a film sung by non other than Ghazal maestro: Jagjit Singh.

jhuki jhuki si nazar beqaraar hai ke nahin
daba daba sa sahee dil mein pyaar hai ke nahin

tu apne dil ki jawaan dhadkanon ko gin ke bata
meri tarah tera dil beqaraar hai ke nahin

wo pal ke jis mein mohabbat jawaan hoti hai
us ek pal ka tujhe intezaar hai ke nahin

teri umeed pe thukraa raha hoon duniya ko
tujhe bhee apne pe ye aitbaar hai ke nahin

– The original lyrics are penned by one of the greatest Indian Urdu poet: Kaifi Azmi

Such potent combination of talented people, with such rigorous emotions and eloquent expression, one that touches the paramount of perfection are rare sight indeed. They’re made to be eternal – to be cherished forever – till the consciousness remains.