Jaane Woh Kaise Log Lyrics and Translation: Let’s Learn Urdu-Hindi

Guru Dutt evokes classic Christ-like imagery in his depiction of Vijay the struggling poet in Pyaasa (1957).

We now present the lyrics and full English translation to one of my all-time favorite Guru Dutt songs “Jaane Woh Kaise” from Pyaasa (1957). I think my undying love for Guru Dutt is pretty evident at this point, but in case you need some convincing to get over the bold Clark Gable ‘stache, start here. Pyaasa is no ordinary film. When released to roaring accolades in 1957, Pyaasa broke precedent upon precedent in both impact and style. Notice how every song in this film seems to flow naturally as a consequence of the plot, as if the lyrics of the songs were a poetic continuation of the spoken dialogue? It was a technique pioneered by Guru Dutt that was later emulated by every great director in Bollywood. And the film hit some hard topics. I discuss more of the political stance of the film and the fascinating struggle Guru Dutt faced behind-the-scenes earlier, but now let us look instead to the classic “Jaane Woh Kaise” hit from the immortal pen of Sahir Ludhviani. It’s a mixture of everything right in the world: Guru Dutt as actor, Hemant Kumar with vocals, S.D. Burman composing, and Sahir in the back with the words of wisdom. This Hemant Kumar gem is truly the industry standard for awkward dinner party songs–even copied in modern times by Mira Nair in her film Vanity Fair (2004)!

Guru Dutt is employed as a dinner party waiter for his rich boss, Rehman, where he is confronted by the reality of his former lover, Mala Sinha, having abandoned him for wealth by marrying none other than the man currently employing him. The injustice of it all gets to him, and by chance, he’s a poet at heart who does what any other tragic poet would do in the situation: drop everything and throw a pity party.

Mala Sinha plays a cold-hearted social climber in Pyaasa (1957).

I love the cinematography in this song–Guru Dutt and his brilliant Director of Photography V.K. Murthy were known for their overblown yet graceful dolly-ins (watch the camera fly in “Waqt Ne Kiya“!), and so too in this song, the camera acts as a silent messenger of emotional turmoil, extracting a beautifully devastating toll on each of the key players in the room. And Guru Dutt holds his ground with arms outstretched as if crucified–a soft-spoken martyr against a background of bookshelves in which his own spoken words will later be immortalized and massacred. Again, you really need to see the film to appreciate the poetic genius of Guru Dutt film-making.

So enough talk, onto the lyrics and English translation of “Jaane Woh Kaise” from Pyaasa (1957)! Check out the picturization on youtube and let us know what you think in the comments!

Jaane Woh Kaise Log Lyrics and Translation

Jaane woh kaise log the jinke pyaar ko pyaar mila
I wonder what kind of people find their love reciprocated
Humne to jab kaliyaa.N maangii kaa.NTo.N kaa haar milaa
Whenever I asked for flowers, I received a garland of thorns

Khushiyo.N kii manzil DhoonDii to gham kii gard milii
I searched for a destination of joy, but I found a circle of sadness
Chaahat ke naghme chaahe to aahe.N sard milii
I desired tales of love, but I received only the coldness of sighs
Dil kii bojh ko duunaa kar gayaa, jo ghamkhwaar milaa
The burdens of my heart only doubled if I met someone meant to relieve my sorrow

BichhaD gayaa har saathii dekar pal do pal kaa saath
Every companion gave me a few moments of company, and left
Kisko fursat hai jo thaame diiwaano.N kaa haath
After all, who has the free time to hold a crazy man’s hand?
Humko apnaa saayaa tak aksar bezaar milaa
Even my own shadow is often weary of me

Isko hii jiina kehte hai.N to yuu.N hii jii le.Nge
If this is what they called life, then I will live like this
Uff na kare.Nge, lab sii lenge, aa.Nsuu pii lenge
I will not sigh, I will seal my lips, and swallow my tears
Gham se ab ghabraana kaisaa, gham sau baar milaa
After all, how can I be concerned by sadness? I have met sadness a hundred times

Humne to jab kaliyaa.N maangii.N kaaTo.N kaa haar milaa
When I asked for flowers, I found a garland of thorns
Jaane woh kaise log the jinke pyaar ko pyaar mila
I wonder what kind of people find their love reciprocated

Glossary:

kali: flower; kaanTaa: thorn; haar: garland; manzil: destination; gham: sadness; gard: circle; chaahat: love, desire; naghma: tale; aah: sigh; sard: chilly, cold; bhoj: burden; duunaa karna: to double; ghamkhwaar: a remover of sadness (note: the w is silent, as in khwaab); bichhaD jaanaa: to become separated; saathi: companion; fursat: free time; haath thaamnaa: to hold hands; saayaa: shadow; bezaar: fed up, weary; lab: lips; aa.Nsuu: tears; gham: sadness: ghabraanaa: to become anxious, concerned

Singing his heart out, Guru Dutt transforms Rehman’s classy dinner gathering into a awkwardly personal pity party in Pyaasa (1957).

Guru Dutt revives the martyr-style mis-en-scene in the reprise of “Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye” at the famous finale of the film! The scene has got to be one of the all-time greatest of Hindi cinematic history. For this and about a million other reasons, Pyaasa is absolutely mandatory classic Bollywood viewing!

-Mrs. 55

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Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni Phir Kahan Lyrics and Translation: Let’s Learn Urdu Hindi

Dev Anand attempts to win over Geeta Bali under the guise of love in Jaal (1952).

We now will present the full lyrics and English translation to the haunting beauty “Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni” from the film Jaal (1952). Starring hit duo Dev Anand and Geeta Bali (who had wowed audiences together in Baazi the year before), Jaal was auteur Guru Dutt’s second film. Unlike Baazi, which mimicked film noirs of the West, Jaal looked outside the crowded cities to the gentle coast of Goa for inspiration. This film is truly one-of-a-kind, exploring life in the Portuguese fishing colony and the interwoven religious themes of forgiveness and love in the unfolding affair between two Christians, Tony (Dev Anand) and Maria (Geeta Bali). Note: Jaal was released before West Side Story hit Broadway, so the names of the lead characters are just a coincidence!

Dev Anand plays a Bombay gold thief who has escaped to Goa and who falls in love with the spunky village belle, Geeta Bali. Their love is tested by society, the law, and ultimately a vow before God that leads Tony to atone for his past and Maria to remain faithful until his sentence is fulfilled. Like most Guru Dutt films, the plot brings something new to the table. Watch out for some wild swing dancing, Johnny Walker making repeated attempts at Arabic, and a generous handful of “amens” throughout the film!

Spunky and fabulous, Geeta Bali leads a Goan dance in Jaal (1952)

The song “Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni” comes in two versions–the tragic Lata Mangeshkar duet, and the initial lilting Hemant Kumar solo. We will translate both to get a fuller understand of the role this song plays in the film, starting with the duet. This version occurs late in the film after Geeta’s friends and family discover Dev Anand’s true past and forcibly remove her from him. However, she is now in love despite his background and sings this tearful song of pining.

Geeta Bali declares her unwavering love for a wanted criminal in Jaal (1952).

Enjoy our English translation and full lyrics of “Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni” and it’s counterpart “Sun Ja Dil Ki Dastan” below!

Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni Phir Kahan Lyrics and Translation

Duet (Lata Mangeshkar & Hemant Kumar):

Yeh raat yeh chaandni phir kahaa.N
Where will we find this night and this moonlight again?
Sunjaa dil ki daastan
Listen now to the story of my heart

Chaandni raaten pyar ki baaten kho gayi jaane kahaa.N
Where have the moonlit nights and words of love become lost?
Yeh raat yeh chandni phir kahaa.N
Where will we find this night and this moonlight again?
Sunjaa dil ki daastan
Listen now to the story of my heart

Aati hain sada teri TuuTe hue taaro.N se
I sense your presence from the falling stars
AahaT terii suntii hoo.N khaamosh nazaaron se
I hear your footsteps with hushed glances
Bheegii hawa uudi ghaTa kheti hai.N teri kahanii
The moist winds, the soaring clouds speak of your story
Tere liye bechain hain sholo.N mei.N lipti jawaanii
My youth is ablaze in restlessness for you
Seene mei.N balkha raha hai.N dhuaa
The smoke engulfs my chest
Sunjaa dil ki daastan
Listen to the story of my heart

Chandni raaten pyar ki baaten kho gayi jaane kahaa.N
Where have the moonlit nights and words of love become lost?

Leheron ki labon par hai.N khoye hue afsaane
On the lips of the waves lie forgotten fables
Gulzaar umiidon ke sab ho gaye viraane
All the rose gardens of hope have become barren.
Tera pataa paaoo.N kahaa.N? Soone hai.N saare Thikaane
Where can I find where you are? All abodes are deserted
Jaane kahaa.N gum ho gaye jaake ho agle zamaane
I do not know where you have disappeared to in the other world
Barbaad hai.N aarzoo ka jahaa.N
The world of desire has been destroyed
Sunjaa dil ki daastan
Listen now to the story of my heart

Glossary:

raat: night; chaandni: moonlight; TuuTa taaraa: shooting star; aahaT: footsteps; khaamosh: silence, hushed; bheegi: wet; kahaanii: story; bechain: without peace, restless; sholaa: spark, fire: jawaanii: youth; seenaa: heart; chest; dhuaa: smoke; leher: wave; lab: lip; afsaanaa: fable, story; gulzaar: rose garden; umiid: hope; viiraane: wasted, desolate; pataa: whereabouts, address; soonaa: empty, lonely; Thikaanaa: shelter, abode; gumnaa: to become lost; aglaa: next; zamaanaa: world; barbaad: destroyed; aarzoo: desire; jahaa.N: world, place

But before this sad reprise, Dev Anand can be found singing the romantic solo version from his beach side abode. Hemant Kumar’s voice is absolutely magical in this song–he has the perfect blend of richness and allure. At this time in the film, Dev Anand is trying to cinch the deal with his romance and claims he knows that Geeat Bali will come to his hut when she hears this song. His version of “Yeh Raat Yeh Chaandni” has a uniquely tropical Goa flair, but it maintains an exciting sense of urgency in both the lyrics and style. As you can guess, Geeta comes running.

Dev Anand Jaal

Dev Anand calls to Geeta Bali in the moonlight in Jaal (1952).

Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni Phir Kahan Lyrics and Translation

Male Solo (Hemant Kumar):

Yeh raat yeh chaandnii phir kahaa.N
Where will we find this night and this moonlight again?
Sun ja dil ki daastan
Listen now to the story of my heart

Hey peDo.N ki shaakho.N pe
On the branches of the trees
PeDo.N ki shaakho.N pe soyii soyii chaandnii, peDo.N ki shaakho.N pe…
On the branches of the trees the moonlight slumbers
Tere khayaalo.N mei.N khoyii khoyii chaandnii
In thoughts of you, the moonlight wanders
Aur thoDi der mei.N thak ke laut jaayegii
And soon it will become tired of waiting and return
Raat yeh bahaar ki phir kabhii na aayegii
This night of spring will never come back
Do ek pal aur hai yeh samaa
We have but a few moments left of this atmosphere
Sun ja dil ki daastan
Listen now to the story of my heart

Hey lehero.N ke honTho.N pe
Oh, on the lips of the waves
Lehro.N ke hontho.N pe dhiima dhiima raag hai, lehro.N ke hontho.N pe
On the lips of the waves is a soft melody
Bhiigii hawaao.N mei.N thanDii thanDii aag hai
In the moist wind is a cool fire
Is hasee.N aag mei.N tuu bhii jalke dekhle
In this beautiful fire, you should see what it feels like to burn
Zindagii ke geet ki dhun badal ke dekhle
See what it feels like to change the tune of life’s song
Khulne de ab dhaDkano.N ki zubaan
Free the voice of our heartbeats
Sun ja dil ki daastan
Listen now to the story of my heart

Hey jaatii bahaare hai.N
Oh, the Spring is receding
Jaatii bahaare hai.N uThti jawaaniiyaa, jaatii bahaare hai.N
The Spring is receding, our youth is rising
Taaron ke chaao.N mei.N pehle kahaaniiyaa
In the shadows of the stars lie our stories
Ek baar chal diye gar tujhe pukaarke
If it leaves after calling to you,
Lautkar na aaye.Nge kaafile bahaar ke
The caravans of Spring will not return
Aaja abhi zindagii hai jawaan
Come, life is still young
Sun ja dil ki daastan
Listen to the story of my heart

Glossary:

raat: night; chaandnii: moonlight; peD: tree; shaakh: branch; khayaal: thought; thoDii der mei.N: in a short while, soon; thak hona: to become tired; laut jaanaa: to go back; bahaar: spring; samaa: atmosphere; leher: waves; honT: lip; dhiima: softly; bheega: moist, rainy: ThanDaa: cool; aag: fire; hasee.N: beautiful; dhun: tune; dhaDkan: heartbeat; zubaan: words, language; jawaanii: youth; chhaaye: shadow; kaafile: caravans

Did you know that it was in this movie that Guru Dutt first hired cinematographer V. K. Murthy? V.K. Murthy would continue to work as Guru Dutt’s D.P. (Director of Photography) for all of his following films. In fact, between Guru Dutt and V.K. Murthy grew such trust and friendship, that Murthy eventually encouraged Dutt to start acting in his owns films, including the haunting classics Kaaghaz Ke Phool and Pyaasa. In this film, Guru Dutt actually makes his first cameo–as a shirtless fisherman no less! Ladies, please calm down.

– Mrs. 55

Shirtless Guru Dutt

Guru Dutt makes a brief film debut in Jaal (1952) as a rugged and shirtless fisherman.