9 comments on ““Chalo Dildar Chalo” Lyrics + Translation (In Memory of Meena Kumari)

  1. Agree with what you have said about this great actress’ life and art!

    The translation for ‘sambhalo hame tum’ is given as ‘handle me with care’, in my opinion ‘give me support’ would be more appropriate.
    Noticed for the first time the short chuckle given by Lata (1:54) when she sings ‘ham hai tayyar chalo’. It gives the song a certain… I don’t know how to say it, but it makes it somewhat down-to-earth.

    Quite suited for today’s occasion ‘zindagi khatam bhi ho jaye agar, na kabhi khatam ho ulfat ka safar’ (even if this life ends, never may end the journey of love).
    Thank you Meena Kumari for your art and artistry, it has enriched our lives!

  2. Richard, I should’ve known you would remember Meena Kumari’s death anniversary! It is interesting that you should choose Pakeezah and, specifically, this song, in memory of her. The song, for exactly the reason that harvey gave above – there is a certain (sweet) irony in those lines.

    And the film because I think, more than anything else, it was the one film which tracked the downward trajectory of her life. It was begun in 1956, when she was at her peak – a labour of love for both her husband and for her. Then, their estrangement shelved the film for more than a decade.

    I first read her poetry when Pritish Nandy translated it for the Illustrated Weekly in the 80s. Here is one clip of her reciting her own verses. (She had such a fantastic speaking voice.)

  3. ps: Apart from the fact that the translations make the beautiful lyrics totally stilted, my pet peeve is there: ‘loose’ for ‘lose’. Aaaargh! :(

  4. Chalo dildar chalo was the ‘lesser’ song from Pakeezah, but I loved it a lot. It is intensely romantic, and I love the echo effect. For a while, in this song and the other ‘Mausam hai ashiqana’ Sahibjaan allows herself to think that love is possible.

    Oh god! I love this movie too much, mention Pakeezah and I start blathering.

  5. Thanks to all for the comments, improvements on the translation :) , and thoughts about Meena Kumari that I totally agree with.

    Harvey and Anu, yes, I noticed those lines as well.

    Harvey, your closing words are perfect – yes, it has enriched our lives.

    Anu, it is so nice to listen to Meena’s voice reciting her poetry in that clip. And yes, re. Pakeezah “tracking” that trajectory from 1956. Have you seen this scene from the 1956 beginning of Pakeezah that has been sitting on YouTube?

    Regarding your P.S., I don’t like seeing “loose” instead of “lose” either. I’ve got a few other pet peeves… Like “effect” instead of “affect.” I see that mistake everywhere, even in supposedly intellectual publications.

    Ava, you are inspiring me to watch Pakeezah yet again. :)

  6. Richard, thank you for that clip. No, I hadn’t seen it before. She looks excruciatingly lovely, doesn’t she?

    ‘affect’ for ‘effect’ , ‘your’ for ‘you’re’ are other peeves. :(

  7. As always, when I am unable to visit your blog for a while, I come back to find some beautiful posts to enjoy.

    She was sooooo beautiful in this version.

  8. I missed commenting yesterday.
    Not only have you chosen a lovely song but posted the novel way it has been presented in the clip.
    I love this film a lot. Everything in it was gorgeous, starting with Meena, the music, and the poetry of it.
    I still watch it to listen to those snatches of thumris about which you once posted here.
    I have a collector’s edition of Pakeezah where one can hear Meena Kumari reciting/singing the ghazals written by her.
    I’ve been watching Footpath (with breaks, because of being very busy).
    The story reminds me a bit/in parts of ‘deewar’.

    @harvey
    That’s a nice last line you’ve written.

  9. Forgot to comment on the black and white ‘inhi logon ne’.
    Thank you for it. Didn’t know about it.
    Meena Kumari looks breathtakingly beautiful there. I wish the whole song was available.

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