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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

kabhee kabhee daave dilchasp bhee huaa karte haiN

Film: Mughal-e-azam
Year of release: 1960
Spoken by : Salim (Dilip Kumar)
Spoken to : Bahar (Nigar Sultana)
The language used in this film is so beautiful that even straightforward lines become classics. The modern day 'get out' becomes - 'taKhaliyaa', the modern day 'shut up' becomes 'sukoot ho' and so on.
When the statue made by sangtaraash (Kumar) is to be unveiled, Bahar tells Salim
"sangtaraash kaa ye daavaa hai, ke jab ye mujassamaa benaqaab hogaa to..."
"संगतराश का ये दावा है, कि जब ये मुजस्समा बेनक़ाब होगा तो..."
And she pauses. Prince Salim urges her to go on
"beKhauf hokar kaho. kabhee kabhee daave dilchasp bhee huaa karte haiN"
"बेख़ौफ़ होकर कहो. कभी कभी दावे दिलचस्प भी हुआ करते हैं"
Such lines make you realise the power of words, the power of language. If language was all about communication, then we never really needed anything beyond sign language. It is a potent force. It can make you feel good. I am also reminded of a couplet by Javed Akhtar
"हम से दिलचस्प कभी सच्चे नहीं होते
अच्छे लगते हैं मगर अच्छे नहीं होते"

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