Translation of Yeh Dooriyan from Love Aaj Kal (Love Nowadays) was a unique experience because of the way lyricist Irshad Kamil uses a single word (dooriyan: distances) repeatedly and rhythmically. Kamil does have a gift for wonderfully combining wordplay with rhythm as seen in songs like Piya Milenge, Jag Ghoomeya, Nadaan Parindey, Main Rang Sharbato ka, Patakha Guddi etc. His words always seem to have a deeper, almost spiritual understanding of love and affection that sets them apart from regular Bollywood fare. This song sung beautifully by Mohit Chauhan, for instance, speaks of contradictions and confusions that plague people who are in love. Whether it’s due to conventions of the society or the need to be desperately practical, the aloofness that people often adopt in matters of heart is questioned in this song, slowly moving towards a resolve to demolish the hesitations that keep beloveds distant.

Song Credits
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
Singers:
Mohit Chauhan
Music: Pritam

Movie Credits
Directed by: Imtiaz Ali
Cast:  Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rishi Kapoor, Giselli Monteiro
Produced by: Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan
Release:  31 July 2009

Original Lyrics – Yeh Dooriyan

Yeh dooriyan, Yeh dooriyan, Yeh duriyan
In rahon ki dooriyan
Nigaahon ki dooriyan
Hum raahon ki dooriyan
Fanaah ho sabhi dooriyan

Kyu koi pass hai
Door hai Kyu koi
Jane Na koi yaha pe
Aa rha pass ya dur main ja raha
Jaanu na me hun kahaan pe
Yeh dooriyan
In rahon ki dooriyan
Nigaahon ki dooriyan
Hum raahon ki dooriyan
Fanaah ho sabhi dooriyan

Kabhi hua yeh bhi
Khaali Raahon pe bhi
Tu ta mere sath
Kabi tujhe milke lauta
meraa dil yeh khaali khaali haat
Yeh b hua kabhi
Jaise hua abhi
Tujko sabi me pa liya
Teraa muje kar jati hai dooriyan
Sataati hai dooriyan
Tarsasti hai dooriyan
Fanaah ho sahi dooriyan

Kahaa b nah maine
Nahi jeena maine
Tu jo na milaa
Tuje bhoole se bhi naa
bola na main ki chaahun faisla
Bas faasla rahein
Ban ke kasak Jo kahe
Ho aur chaahat yeh aur jawaan
Teree meree mit jaani hai dooriyan
Begaani hai dooriyan
Hat jani dooriyan
Fanaah ho sabi dooriyan

Translation of Yeh Dooriyan by bollywoodtarjuma

These distances,
distances of miles,
between eyes,
between soulmates,
these distances should fade.

Why is someone close
and another distant,
no one knows at instant.
Why does one walk away
or move closer,
No one knows to this day.

At times you were with me,
even as paths turned empty.
But I also felt alone,
when we were together aplenty.
And this too happened,
like just now,
I found you in everyone somehow.

The distances tease me, hurt me,
they bring me pain,
and a hope to see you again.
these distance must not remain.

Never did I say, without you,
I would despise living through.
Yet not even by mistake,
I wished to be apart from you.

These distances remain,
like thorns in my soul,
drawing more blood,
keeping love alive and whole.

These distances between us,
are going to wither.
They will soon be aloof,
erased from our lives forever.

These distances,
distances of miles,
between eyes,
between soulmates,
these distances should fade.

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