I have always respected Gulzaar as one of the best poets ever happened to Hindi language. His poems are so simple with so easy to use language and oceans of emotions and wisdom underlying those words. You listen the song once again you understand the depth of the words a level under.

This song written by Gulzaar sahab is a gem, so common place words and together they form so amazing depth. A commonly use semi-abusive hindi word and simply used to explore the realities of the word. This song from the movie Kaminey is continously playing around me over and over and simultaneously in my head too. I just wish to meet Gulzaar sahab once and ask him how he can create such beauty and deep down I know, as a matter of fact I can see him in my imagination, simply smiling.

Sometimes I feel lucky to be alive and living in the times of a great poet like him.

(Kya kare zindagi isko hum jo mile,
Iski jaan kha gaye raat din ke gile) – (2)

Raat din gile, meri aarzoo kamini, mere khwab bhi kaminey,
Ek dil se dosti thi, yeh huzur bhi kaminey
kya kare zindagi isko hum jo mile
Iski jaan kha gaye raat din ke gile

(Kabhi zindagi se maanga pinjare mein chaand la do,
Kabhi laalten deke kaha aasmaan pe taango) – (2)

Jine ke sab kariney the hamesha se kaminey
Kaminey, kaminey, kaminey, kaminey
Meri daastaan kamini, mere raaste kaminey
Ek dil se dosti thi yeh hujur bhi kaminey

Jisaka bhi chehara chhila andar se aur nikala,
Maasoom sa kabutar nachaa toh more niakala.
Kabhi hum kaminey nikale kabhi dusare kaminey,
Kaminey, kaminey, kaminey, kaminey
Meri dosti kamini, mere yaar bhi kaminey.
Ek dil se dosti thi ki hujur bhi kaminey

If you haven’t heard this song yet, you can hear it here on youtube.

On a completely different note, me and my friends were discussing the exact meaning/translation of the word ‘Kaminey’. Cunning was the closest we got but again Cunning is not derogatory which Kaminey is. Any suggestions???

33 comments on “Kaminey”

  1. Toon India Reply

    completely agree with you dude..Gulzar is a true genius…and I think kaminey means ‘Meanie’…although it’s open for discussion!!!

  2. Rashmi Reply

    Yeah i love Gulzar Saab’s work a lot too, i was bowled over by his excellence in Raincoat, simply superb 🙂
    Btw thanks for dropping by on my blog buddy.

  3. Pallavi Reply

    Have to second you on that! Did you like the movie btw? I am WAITING to see it..as many of my friends have been talking about h-o-t shahid 😉

    • Prats Reply

      @Monika: A lot of people say Scoundrel, Gulzaar sab himself in an interview said Kaminey means mean in an HT interview. But I am not sure if it is accurate.

  4. guruprasad Reply

    the closest i could think of was ‘rascals’… it is a strange mix of derogatory, abusive as well as fondness… the way the word rascal is used in the south 🙂

    the movie is also pretty good… watch it… though the end was disappointing.

  5. diwakar Reply

    Gulzar is the godliest poet that we have reach to. Yesterday only i was thinking, that he’s been writing his poems on things around you for so long and he continues to come up with such AMAZING lines…’jiska bhi chehra chhila andar se aur nikla’ insane line 🙂

    i tried writing smthing … have a look … http://diwakarkaushik.wordpress.com/ we gulzar lovers cant have a style of our own 🙂

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  7. indianhomemaker Reply

    I think Kameeney is how far one can go, if one wants to express disgust without being actually abusive. Quite apt I think. LOVED the movie and had watched in an almost empty theater because of fear of Swine Flu that year.

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