Javed Akhtar’s Poetry in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

31 Jul

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“Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”( is new Hindi Film directed by Zoya Akhtar. Zoya is famous Urdu poet and Lyricist Shri Javed Akhtar’s daughter. This film is all about how we need to live in the present moment by enjoying its present moment by letting go all our fears and living the present moment of life to fullest extent. Concept is old however the way it is explained and narrated through the three main characters(played by Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol) of the film is really interesting. We cannot stop correlating to one or the other character in these 3 and it is kind of enlightenment to us about how we are missing important aspect of life ” Living in Present Moment” in the mad rush to the future ;) .

In the ZNMD, Farhan Akhtar played a prominet role and his character name is Imran. Imran’s poems throughout the film are a hit among the audience. Here are the four poems of Imran(written by Shri Javed Akhtar).

First Poem:

Pighlay neelam sa behta hua yeh samaan
Neeli neeli si khamoshiyaan
Na kahin hai zameen
Na kahin aasmaan
Sarsaraati huyi tehniyaan, pattiyaan
Keh rahi hain ki bas ek tum ho yahaan
Sirf main hoon meri saansein hain aur meri dhadkanein
Aisi gehraiyaan
Aisi tanhaiyaan
Aur main sirf main
Apne honay pe mujhko yaqeen aa gaya

Translation in English

The moment seems to flow like a molten sapphire and there’s deep blue silence,
Neither there is earth below, nor sky above,
The rustling branches, leaves are saying that only you are here,
Only me, my breath and my heartbeat,

Such deepness, such loneliness and me…only me,
It all makes me believe in my existence.

Second Poem:

Ik baat honton tak hai jo aayi nahin
Bas ankhon say hai jhaankti
Tumse kabhi, mujhse kabhi
Kuch lafz hain woh maangti
Jinko pehanke honton tak aa jaaye woh
Aawaaz ki baahon mein baahein daalke ithlaaye woh
Lekin jo yeh ik baat hai
Ahsaas hi ahsaas hai
Khushboo si hai jaise hawa mein tairti
Khushboo jo be-aawaaz hai
Jiska pata tumko bhi hai
Jiski khabar mujhko bhi hai
Duniya se bhi chupta nahin
Yeh jaane kaisa raaz hai

Translation in English:

A thing that still hasn’t come up to my lips and only peeks through my eyes,
It asks for words, sometimes from me and sometimes from you,
So that it can wear those words and come to the lips,
And so that it could be embraced by words..

But this thing is actually a feeling…only a feeling,
It’s like a fragrance floating in the air,

Fragrance, which has no voice…and about which you know and I know too.
 It is not hidden from the world, what kind of a secret it is?

Third Poem:

Jab jab dard ka baadal chaya
Jab ghum ka saya lehraya
Jab aansoo palkon tak aya
Jab yeh tanha dil ghabraya
Humne dil ko yeh samjhaya
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai
Duniya mein yunhi hota hai
Yeh jo gehre sannate hain
Waqt ne sabko hi baante hain
Thoda ghum hai sabka qissa
Thodi dhoop hai sabka hissa
Aankh teri bekaar hi nam hai
Har pal ek naya mausam hai
Kyun tu aise pal khota hai
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai

Translation in English:

Whenever the clouds of pain and sadness loomed,
Whenever tears came till the eyelashes,
Whenever this lonely heart got scared,
I told my heart, Oh Heart, why do you cry?
This is what happens in this world…

This deep silence…the world has distributed it to everyone,
Some sadness is a part of everyone’s life,
Some sunshine is a part of everyone’s life,
Your eyes are wet without any reason,
Every second is a new season,
Why do you let go of such priceless moments?
Oh Heart, why do you cry?

Fourth Poem:

Dilon mein tum apni betaabiyaan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum
Nazar mein khwaabon ki bijliyaan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum

Hawaa ke jhonkon ke jaise azad rehna seekho
Tum ek dariya ke jaise lehron mein behna seekho
Har ek lamhe se tum milo khole apni baahein
Har ek pal ik naya samaan dekhein yeh nigaahein

Jo apni aankhon mein hairaaniyaan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum
Dilon mein tum apni betaabiyaan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum

Translation in English:

If you have eagerness in your heart, it means you are alive,
If your eyes are filled with dreams, it means you are alive
Learn to be free like the wind,
Learn to flow freely like the river,
Embrace every moment with open arms,
See a new horizon every time with your eyes,
If you carry surprise in your eyes, it means you are alive,
If you have eagerness in your heart, it means you are alive…

English Translation Courtesy:


Prasanna Rayaprolu


17 responses to “Javed Akhtar’s Poetry in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

  1. vandana kukreja

    October 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    dear javed sir… i loved ur poems in znmd… it touched my soul

  2. garvit

    October 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

    they are like darling to me……i loved that line ” jo aapni aahkon main main betabiyan leke chal rahe ho to zinda ho tum….”

    best of luck sir….

  3. rahul singh

    October 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    they are like darling to me……i loved that line ” :
    Jab jab dard ka baadal chaya
    Jab ghum ka saya lehraya
    Jab aansoo palkon tak aya
    Jab yeh tanha dil ghabraya
    Humne dil ko yeh samjhaya
    Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai

    best of luck sir….

  4. sunita

    February 5, 2012 at 12:51 am

    unbeatable,great one ,i am so small to coment on javedjis poetry.

  5. Priya

    February 10, 2012 at 3:04 am

    I wish more Hindi movies and songs had such beautiful poetry.
    Amazingly written, makes me think. absolutely amazing!

    • Prasanna Rayaprolu

      February 12, 2012 at 12:42 am

      Thanks for visiting my Blog :)


    February 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm


  7. nona

    March 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    the best hindi film in 2011 :)
    love ya zoya for this film

  8. Virendra Singh Rathore

    April 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Simply Awesome

  9. israil alim

    May 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    javed sir wor farhan sir ki jitna tarif karun kam hai

  10. vivek chillore

    June 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    great poems javed sir….to touch the heart

  11. zahida

    July 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Wow!! I loved the poetry from this movie…the depth sure did two things….took me into another world and then brought me back to reality…

  12. rupali vyavahare

    September 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    shayad jindagi yehi hai bus har ek palame sirf sas hi lena jinadagi nahi hai use khulake jeena bhi jaruri hai jab ye khushi andar hi hai to kyu use dusaroke hisab se dhoondhe kyu sab alag hai ye malum hoke bhi hum dusarome khudako dhundhe hai aur shayad usaki azadi bhi zinate hai

  13. arpan chhetri

    September 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    i get goose bums ……whenever i go thru such motivating…..lyrics….its devinly creation

  14. vasundhara

    September 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    reallly wonderful poems and each person nave to know the value of each moment salute to you javed sir

  15. Purple

    November 26, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Wonderful poems….could read it many times

  16. Imran Aftab

    January 11, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Very nice poem dard ka badal.
    I also used to compose poem
    I dedicate this poem to Damini

    Ye kali rat ab v mujhe
    Bahut darawni lagti hai
    Sayad aap sab bhul gaye mujhe
    Par aap sabki yad harpal mujhe aati hai.

    Aaj v betiyan is desh ki
    Kali raton me roti hai
    Aap log sayad bhul jate ho ki
    Hame v dard hoti hai

    In kali rato se
    Kuchh to sikh lo
    Apne insaniyat se
    Ab to hamare aansu ponchh do.

    Ek bar koi kadam badao to
    Bas khud k antar man ko sudharo to
    Is me nahi hai koi muskil
    Kosis to karo mil jayegi manzil.

    Is kali rat ko mahsus kiya hai hamne
    Bar-bar darati hai akar ankhon k samne
    Rab se yahi dua kiya hai hamne
    Ye kali rat kav aye na aap sab ke samne.
    By-Imran aftab


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