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Movie: Anari (1959)
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Music: Shankar Jaikishen
Lyrics: Shailendra
Singer: Mukesh

I am an ardent fan of the Late Mukesh the playback singer, as evident from my past eulogy for him. This song with simple lyrics, beautifully explains what life is all about. It is tailor made for Raj Kapoor who loved playing the role of a tramp immortalized earlier by the great Charlie Chaplin.

Hindi Lyrics with Translation

किसी की मुस्कुराहटों पे हो निसार
किसी का दर्द मिल सके तो ले उधार
किसी के वासते हो तेरे दिल में प्यार
जीना इसी का नाम है

To offer yourself to someone who smiles,
To share someone’s pain,
To have love for someone in your heart,
This is what life is all about…

माना अपनी जेब से फ़कीर हैं
फिर भी यारों दिल के हम अमीर हैं
मिटे जो प्यार के लिए वो ज़िन्दगी
जले बहार के लिए वो ज़िन्दगी
किसी को हो ना हो हमें तो ऐतबार
जीना इसी…

I accept my empty pockets show am a pauper,
Yet I am rich in my heart,
To give my all for love is what is life,
To yearn for spring is what is life,
This I believe, though some may not,
This is what life is all about…

रिश्ता दिल से दिल के ऐतबार का
जिंदा है हमीं से नाम प्यार का
के मर के भी किसी को याद आयेंगे
किसी के आंसुओं में मुस्कुराएंगे
कहेगा फूल हर कली से बार-बार
जीना इसी…

Trust is what binds a heart to heart,
Immortal is love due to (people like) me,
That I would be remembered by someone after I am gone,
Makes me smile that someone will shed tears for me,
And flowers will say to buds, on and on,
This is what life is all about…

Disclaimer:  It’s not easy to translate Urdu and Hindi words to English without losing the subtle meaning and nuances that it conveys. Please let me know if you have better translation of these lyrics.
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