Ok fine, I admit, I am a bit obsessed with Gulzar’s work. But when I took up Dhan Te Nan, a popular party song, I didn’t know how difficult it was going to be to translate this seemingly peppy number. A call to all things wild and adventurous has never been so classy and poetic. I am very unsure if I did justice to the song so please suggest any changes or feedback to improve it further.

Song Credits
Singer: Sukhwinder Singh, Vishal Dadlani, Robert Bob Omulo
Music: Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics: Gulzar

Movie Credits
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Amol Gupte
Directed by: Vishal Bhardwaj
Produced by: Ronnie Screwvala
Release Date: 14 August 2009

Original lyrics-Dhan Te Nan

Aaja Aaja Dil Nichode
Raat Ki Mataki Tode
Koi Good Luck Nikaale
Aaj Gullak Toh Phode

Hai Dil Dildaara Mera Teli Ka Tel
Kaudi Kaudi Paisa Paisa Paise Ka Khel
Are re re re
Hai Dil Dildaara Mera Teli Ka Tel
Kaudi Kaudi Paisa Paisa Paise Ka Khel

Chal Chal Sadako Pe Hogi Than Than
Dhan Te Nan Ta Da Da Da.
Dhan Te Nan Ta Da Da Da.
Dhan Te Nan Ta Da Da Da.
Dhan Te Nan Ta Da Da Da.

Aaja Ki One Way Hai Yeh Jindagi Ki Gali
Ek Hi Chance Hai
Aage Hawa Hi Hawa Hai Agar Saans
Hai Toh Yeh Romance Hai

Yehi Kehate Hai
Yehi Sunate Hai
Jo Bhi Jaata Hai, Jaata Hai
Woh Phir Se Aata Nahi

Aaja Aaja Dil Nichode
Raat Ki Mataki Tode
Koi Good Luck Nikaale
Aaj Gullak Toh Phode..

Koi Chaal Aisi Chalo Yaar Abb Ke
Samundar Bhi Pul Pe Chale
Phir Tu Chale Usape Ya Main Chalu
Shehar Ho Apane Pairo Tale

Kai Kabrein Hai
Kai Khabare Hai
Jo Bhi Soye Hai Kabron Mein Unko Jagaana Nahi

Aaja Aaja Dil Nichode
Raat Ki Mataki Tode
Koi Good Luck Nikaale
Aaj Gullak Toh Phode
Aaja Aaja

Translation of Dhan Te Nan by bollywoodtarjuma

Come on,
Lets squeeze some fortune
out of our core,
and break into the night,
like its a potluck of gold
This heart fills up with adventure
Like oil pressed into a bottle,
Like pennies heaped in a treasure
Come lets go out,
live it up on the streets,
drop by drop, penny by penny
to our hearts fill.
Come on now
for life is a one-way street,
your breath can’t be trusted against the roaring wind
unless it’s perfumed with romance
All they say and
all we have known is
the one who crosses over this life
is never seen again

lets play a trick on the ocean,
hang on to the waves and
make them jump over the tallest bridge
with the sleeping city at our feet,
the living bodies and
forgotten graves.
Lets not wake anyone from death-sleep.
Come on,
Lets squeeze some fortune
out of our core
and break into the night,
like its a potluck of gold

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