Omkara is a tale of love, passion, loyalty and betrayal. If you haven't watched this movie, let me also pitch in my recommendation here - because this is one Bollywood movie that absolutely must be watched. All those who are allergic to swear words (like my mom :D) can stay away, though. But even for them, once you begin to overcome the initial shock of these words, this movie is like poetry. It's heartbreaking and it'll also make you angry. It'll grab your attention from the first scene and hold it till the end credits roll.
Coming to the song in question, it beautifully complements (and sums up) the movie. The lyrics are majestic in their simplicity. For once, Gulzar has stayed away from ornate words and seems to have consciously chosen stark severity to complement the movie's complexity.
Lyrics, and translation
Naino ki mat maaniyo re, naino ki mat suniyo
Naino ki mat suniyo re
Naina thag lenge
Naina thag lenge, thag lenge, naina thag lenge
[[Don't trust your eyes, do not listen to them
They'll con you.
Don't trust everything your eyes show you. Because sometimes appearances fool us, and things are not what they seem to be on the first look.
'Thagna' is such a nifty little word. It combines deceiving and stealing. So basically you trust someone and they con you - it hurts more than when an unknown person steals from you.]]
Jagte jaadu phookenge re, jagte-jagte jaadu
Jagte jaadu phookenge re, neenden banjar kar denge
Naina thag lenge
[[When awake, they'll cast a spell on you.
And then even sleep will desert you.
These eyes will fool you.
You'll have respite neither sleeping nor awake, since when you're awake you're under their spell and you'll have no dreams to comfort you in your sleep.]]
Bhala-manda dekhe na, paraya na saga re
Naino ko to dasne ka chaska laga re
Naino ka zahar nasheela re
[[They'll not differentiate between good or bad, a stranger or their own
Since they have become addicted to biting
And their venom is intoxicating.
Dasna is basically snake-bite. So just like a snake doesn't care who it is biting, eyes can also deceive their owner. Add to that, once you have fallen prey to their deception, you only take things at face value and lose your sense of right or wrong.]]
Baadlon mein satrangiyaan boyein, bhor talak barsaavein
Baadlon mein satrangiyaan boyein, naina baavra kar denge
Naina thag lenge
[[They'll sow rainbows in the clouds, and make it rain till the morning
They'll surely drive you crazy.
These eyes will cheat you.
I don't know what these lines mean, but I'll try. If we associate it with the previous line (naino ka zahar nasheela re (their venom is intoxicating)) - you know, how when you're inebriated, everything seems more psychedelic and beautiful and colorful. Similarly, these eyes will make you see rainbows in the clouds. -- What do you think these lines mean?]]
Naina raat ko chalte chalte swarga mein le jaavein
Megh-malhar ke sapne beejein, hariyali dikhlaavein
[[These eyes will transport you to Utopia
They'll sow dreams of rain and it would appear as if everything is perfect.
Rains and greenery is associated with prosperity and happiness. Plus swarg (heaven/Utopia) is an imaginary place where there're no worries and everything is well. Your eyes will make you see good things when there are none.
Again, this may be in continuation to the previous para (baadalon mein satrangiyaan boyein)]]
Naino ki jabaan pe bharosa nahin aata
Likhat-padhat, na raseed na khaata
Saari baat hawaai hai
[[Don't take their word for anything
Because there's no written agreement, no receipt or record to hold against them
Everything they say is just hot air.
- My favorite lines. These eyes cannot be held accountable for anything, because you have nothing in writing against them. Everything they say is just empty talk.]]
Bin baadal barsaayein saawan, saawan bin barsaata
Bin baadal barsaayein saawan, naina baavra kar denge
[[They'll make it rain when there're no clouds
They'll surely drive you crazy
These eyes will cheat you.]]
I love the poster design of this movie. In various posters, each major character is identified along with their primary characteristic. It's very different and creative, and IMO pretty awesome! (I've spent some time in finding all these poster, so direct some appreciation towards me as well :P )
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