For me, romance is not restricted to one day in the year. I’m living with it everyday, every minute.. regardless of whether I am with my beloved wife or not. Because love is not about being together physically all the time.. it’s about being in each other’s hearts and souls.
She’s the first and the only one for whom I wrote a romantic poem when I was a young boy. Love is not just about happiness.. there’s also some amount of longing, melancholy and angst that one goes through in the process of being in love. I have been in love and been fortunate to be sharing my life with the same person. I feel I just got lucky.
So here on V-Day, are a few of my personal favourite romantic songs.. which have acute pangs of love:
Suhani raat dhal chuki.. naa jaane tum kab aaoge
(Dulari, 1949): This one sung by Mohammed Rafi touches the heart. You can actually feel the longing that the person must be feeling at that point. He sounds so unsure as to when the lover returns. One can always relate with this track.. the words can move anyone to tears.
Jalte hain jiske liye (Sujata, 1959): Talat Mehmood does such an impressive job of the lyrics. The way the words express the love that the man has for the woman is so clean and pure. The song mesmerizes me even today.
Tumhara intezaar hai (Khamoshi, 1969): Tum pukaar lo.. tumhara intezaar hai.. this was soulfully rendered by Hemant Kumar. There’s a strange kind of a feeling.. you can sense that someone is waiting for the significant other to make that move. When he says honth pe liye huye dil ki baat hum.. jaagte rahenge aur kitni raat hum. I totally feel lost in the track.
Koi ye kaise bataye ke wo tanha kyun hai (Arth, 1980): Jagjit Singh’s voice enlivened the whole spirit of the song. The nazms were brilliantly rendered. It’s so true that you can’t share your loneliness with anyone.. there’s a certain emptiness when that one person is no longer with you and no matter what you do, the vacuum remains.
Mera kuch saaman (Ijaazat, 1987): This is one of my favourites by Asha Bhosle. The memories the lyrics talk about, for instance, patjhad ki ek shaam, ek akeli chhatri mein jab aadhe aadhe bheeg rahe the.. and the way the memories are described is so heart wrenching.. you can actually visualize how and what must have happened. The lyrics by Gulzar are among the finest love lost lyrics I’ve heard.
Tu bin bataaye (Rang de Basanti, 2006): This is one of my favourite love songs, which I have penned. Without sounding immodest, I would just say that it beautifully describes the wish that every couple cherishes in its heart.. to spend life in each other’s arms. Madhushree and KK sound pleasing.
Mere haath mein tera haath ho (Fanaa, 2006): Again, I feel it’s one of my better-written love duets. Sonu Niigaam and Sunidhi Chauhan did complete justice to my words. This one was about being together and conquering the world.. which I guess everyone who’s in love wants to do.
Frankly, I miss this kind of romance, which existed in the words, which ran so deep.
(as told to Rachana Dubey)