Sahir Ludhianvi’s Bastardised Version of Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein

Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein's Lyrics Sahir Ludhianvi Amitabh Bachchan | Unmysh 2020

When Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein was first released in 1976, it gave the lovestruck Indian audiences a new anthem. Before Arijit Singh, Mukesh was the voice of “love.”

Recorded in the legendary Mehboob Studio, Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein is fondly remembered as one of the best romantic songs of the 70s. 

The song was part of Yash Chopra’s multi-starrer, Kabhi Kabhie, that included stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rahman, Raakhee, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.

For the younger readers, imagine Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…, that was Yash Chopra’s Kabhi Kabhie.

Adultery and Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein

The great Hindi and Urdu lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi, was the brains behind this classic song.

Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein

Known for songs like Neele Gagan Ke Tale, Main Zindagi Ka Saath and Mere Dil Mein Aaj Kya Hain, Sahir Ludhianvi was even commemorated by the Indian government by featuring him on a stamp in 2013.

However, when I was looking back at his lyrics for Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein, I stumbled upon a few problematic lyrics. 

Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein, Khayal Aata Hain

Ke Jaise Tujhko Banaya Gaya Hai Mere Liye

Back in 1976, adultery was a criminal offence. A woman was, legally speaking, “property” of a man.

However, in 2018, the Supreme Court declared that adultery was no longer a crime. So, claiming ownership of a woman has now become illegal.

All you guys/girls writing “taken” on your Insta bio, beware.

As a result of this decision, songs like Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein, haven’t aged well in the 21st century. 

Sahir Ludhianvi’s version of Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein

Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein, Khayal Aata Hain

Ke Ye Badan Ye Nigahe Meri Amanat Hain

These cringe-inducing lyrics were modified by the filmmakers for reasons unknown. 

Sahir Ludhianvi’s original lyrics were streets ahead of the final product that we got. Case in point: 

Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein Khayaal Aataa Hain

Ki Zindagi Teri Zulfon Ki Narm Chhaaon Mein

Guzarne Paati To Shaadaab Ho Bhi Sakti Thi

Yeh Tiraagi Jo Mere Zist Ka Muqaddar Hain

Teri Nazar Ki Shuaon Mein Kho Bhi sakti Thi

When you read these original lyrics, you realise that they are monumentally better than the final version.

Sahir Ludhianvi was one of those lyricists that were part of the literary movement called the Progressive Writers’ Association. Naturally, you’d expect progressive lyrics, at least.

It’s unfortunate that the filmmakers decided to change the superior lyrics that they were provided with and stain Sahir Ludhianvi’s good name. 

The creativity of a great artist should never be altered. As the great George R. R. Martin once said, “Art is not a democracy.” 

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