Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se (From the Heart), is a poetic love story set amidst the travails of people living in insurgency-prone areas of North East India. The entire album of the film is a musical-lyrical triumph with A R Rahman and Gulzar coming together for creating a series of tracks that remain alive as some of the best songs ever written and composed in Bollywood. Gulzar’s inimitable metaphors combine with the eccentric notes of Rahman in creating the title song of the album. Short and profound phrases and little explosions of electronic musical notes  make this song very unconventional Bollywood. It’s one of the few songs from Bollywood that express deep pathos in hypnotic fast-paced musical notations, almost conveying the sense of a traveling urgency that runs as a theme in the film. Gulzar’s lyrics in this particular instance are particularly impossible to literally translate so I would actually consider this effort to be more of a rewriting in English. As usual, I would love to know your thoughts here and on bollywoodtarjuma’s Facebook and Twitter page.

 P.S: Do find the meaning of Chhaiya Chhaiya, another unforgettable number from the same film on an earlier entry of this blog. You can also watch the full film right here.

Song Credits
Lyrics: Gulzar
A. R. Rahman, Anuradha Sriram, Anupama & Febi Mani
Music: A R Rahman

Movie Credits
Directed by: Mani Ratnam
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta
Produced by: Mani Ratnam, Ram Gopal Varma, Shekhar Kapur, Bharat Shah
Release: 21 August 1998

Original Lyrics – Dil Se Re from Dil Se

Ek suraj nikla tha, kuchh para pighla tha
Ek aandhee aayee thee, jab dil se aah niklee thee
Dil se re
Dil toh aakhir dil hai na
Mithee see mushkil hai na, piya piya
Piya piya piya na piya jiya jiya jiya na jiya
Dil se re

Do patte patjhad ke pedon se utarey the
Pedon kee shakho se utarey the
Phir utne mausam gujre woh patte do bechare
Phir ugne kee chahat me woh sehrao se guzre
Woh patte dil dil dil the, woh dil the dil dil dil the
Dil hai toh phir dard hoga, dard hai toh dil bhee hoga
Mausam gujarte rehte hain
Dil se, dil se, dil se, dil se
Dil se re

Bandhan hai rishto me
Kanto kee tarein hain, patthar ke darwaje diware
Bele phir bhee ugatee hain, aur guchchhe bhee khilte hain
Aur chalte hain afsane, kirdar bhee milte hain
Woh rishtey dil dil dil the, woh dil the dil dil dil the
Ghum dil ke paksh chulbule hain, pani ke yeh bulbule hain
Bujhte hain bante rehte hain
Dil se, dil se, dil se, dil se

Translation of Dil Se Re by bollywoodtarjuma

The sun rose,
bit of mercury thawed,
one storm bellowed,
when a sigh crawled,
from deep inside..
Right from the heart,
from the very start,
with writing on its scroll,
unfolding from the soul..

Heart is heart after all,
it can stumble and fall,
giving a syrupy-restless call,
for you my love, my love..
Form the heart,
from the very start,
with writing on its scroll,
unfolding from the soul..

Two autumn leaves scrambled down,
fell from branches without a sound.
Countless seasons turned,
but not for those two.
Trying to grow again,
they passed deserts and dew.
Those wilted leaves were hearts,
yes, they were living hearts.
If there is heart, there will be pain,
if there is pain, it’s the heart’s bane,
while the weather- spells pass over,
those hearts beat the same forever.

Links in a union, those throne-addled chains,
doors cast in stone and concrete walled panes.
Yet the vines sprout through,
heavy with flowers that grew,
like stories that eternally accrue,
with characters found anew.
Those unions were hearts,
yes, they were living hearts.
Anguished and with volatile wings,
floating like slippery bubbles,
they douse, form, separate and cling.
In the heart they are born,
of the heart they always sing.