Chalte chalte yunhi koi mil gaya – Shreya Ghoshal

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Chalte chalte yunhi koi mil gaya – Shreya Ghoshal
Shreya Ghoshal singing Lata Mangeshkar classic “Chalte chalte yuhi koi” from Pakeezah 1972.

Chalte Chalte sung by Lata Mangeshkar became the defining song of the Hindi film Pakeezah. It embodied the story of the movie. A chance encounter led to almost a lifetime of waiting. The lyrics of the song are reproduced below, following which is a translation. It has been impossible to stick close to the words and in order to maintain the flow of thought I have had to take it verse by verse. A few of the crucial words are explained after the translation. In case anyone can come up with a better translation I will put it up with due acknowledgment.

Chalte chalte yunhi koi mil gaya lyrics

Lyrics Translation
Chalte chalte, chalte chalte While walking, while walking
Yun hi koi mil gaya tha I met someone by chance
Yun hi koi mil gaya tha I met someone by chance
Sare raah chalte chalte Walking around the path
Sare raah chalte chalte Walking around the path
Wahin thamke reh gayi hai Right there it stood still
Wahin thamke reh gayi hai Right there it stood still
Meri raat dhalte dhalte This night of mine, which is fading away
Meri raat dhalte dhalte This night of mine, which is fading away
Joh kahi gayi na mujhse What I was unable to say
Joh kahi gayi na mujhse What I was unable to say
Woh zamaana keh raha hai The world is saying that
Woh zamaana keh raha hai The world is saying that
Ke fasana A story
Ke fasana ban gayi hai A story has been created
Ke fasana ban gayi hai A story has been created
Meri baat chalte chalte From those words of mine
Meri baat chalte chalte From those words of mine
Yun hi koi mil gaya tha I met someone by chance
Yun hi koi mil gaya tha I met someone by chance
Sare raah chalte chalte Walking around the path
Sare raah chalte chalte Walking around the path
Yun hi koi mil gaya tha I met someone by chance
Sare raah Around the path
Chalte chalte, chalte chalte While walking, while walking
Sare raah Around the path
Chalte chalte, chalte chalte While walking, while walking
Chalte chalte, chalte chalte While walking, while walking
Yun hi koi mil gaya tha I met someone by chance
Yun hi koi mil gaya tha I met someone by chance
Shab-e-intezaar aakhir The night of waiting
Shab-e-intezaar aakhir The night of waiting
Kabhi hogi mukhtasar bhi Will after all shorten soon
Kabhi hogi mukhtasar bhi Will after all shorten soon
Yeh chirag These lamps
Yeh chirag bujh rahe hai These lamps are dying
Yeh chirag bujh rahe hai These lamps are dying
Mere saath jalte jalte As they burn alongside me
Mere saath jalte jalte As they burn alongside me
Yeh chirag bujh rahe hai These lamps are dying
Yeh chirag bujh rahe hai These lamps are dying
Yeh chirag bujh rahe hai These lamps are dying
Yeh chirag bujh rahe hai These lamps are dying
Yeh chirag bujh rahe hai These lamps are dying
Yeh chirag bujh rahe hai These lamps are dying
Mere saath jalte jalte As they burn alongside me
Mere saath jalte jalte As they burn alongside me
Yun hi koi mil gaya tha I met someone by chance
Yun hi koi mil gaya tha I met someone by chance
Sare raah chalte chalte Walking around the path
Sare raah chalte chalte Walking around the path

Movie : Pakeezah 1972
Lyricist: Kaifi Azmi
Music by : Ghulam Mohammad

Pakeezah 1972
Pakeezah (transl. Pure) is a 1972 Indian film, written and directed by Kamal Amrohi, who was known for his perfectionism. The music is by Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad Ali. The film starred Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Nadira, D.K. Sapru and Veena . Meena Kumari’s performance as a gold-hearted Lucknow nautch-girl drew major praise. However, this was to be Meena Kumari’s last great performance.

Kamal Amrohi’s PR man said: “Shah Jahan made Taj Mahal for his wife, Kamal Amrohi wanted to do the same with Pakeezah.” The concept, Kamal Amrohi says was irretrievably fixed with his love for his wife Meena Kumari. According to Kamal Amrohi, he hoped to create a film which would be worthy of her as an actress, and worthy of the love he felt for her as a woman. Meena Kumari regarded the film as Kamal Amrohi’s tribute to her.

The film tells the story set in Muslim Lucknow at the turn of the 20th century, its central character is a Lucknowi nautch-girl, for her to fall in love was forbidden, it was a sin she was told, a nautch-girl is born to delight others such is her destiny and yet her restless soul could not suppress her surging desire – To Love and Be Loved. It was ostensibly (perhaps loosely) based on Kamal Amrohi and Meena Kumari’s own love story.

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