Kabhi Kabhie is a 1976 Bollywood film, produced and directed by Yash Chopra, and starring an ensemble cast. This was Yash Chopra’s second directorial film with Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor in the lead roles after Deewar and was particularly noted for its soundtrack compositions by Khayyam, who won Filmfare Award for Best Music, while film lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi won the Best Lyricist Award for “Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein,” the song which also got singer Mukesh, the Best Male Playback Singer award.
* The concept came to Yash Chopra while he was reading a poem by his longtime friend (and also the film’s lyricist) Sahir Ludhianvi . Initially, the story just centered on Amit, Pooja, Vijay and Anjali, but Pamela Chopra read an article in a magazine about a woman meeting her adopted child. Yash Chopra thought it good enough to make it a sub-plot in the film.
* There are two versions of the poem “Kabhi Kabhie” – one is the romantic poem Amit sings to Pooja when they are in love, and the other version, rewritten by a shattered Amit since the marriage of Pooja to Vijay, is a bitter, self-hating ode of misery and loss. Sahir Ludhianvi wrote this version of “Kabhi Kabhie” first; the more romantic version was written for the film.
* The film was supposed to open with Amit standing under a tree and watching Pooja get married. Traditionally in a Hindi “shaadi” (wedding) ceremony, there were to be seven “pheras” (circuits) around the altar; therefore there would be seven different love scenes between Amit and Pooja intercut with each phera. This was deemed too artistic a beginning for the film, so a few days were spent re-shooting the simple scenes of Amit reciting poetry and meeting Pooja.
This is the poem which has been moulded in the song. Listen it in the mountainous voice of the Shenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bhachhan.
Kabhi kabhi mere dil main khayal aata hain
Ki zindagi teri zulfon ki narm chhaon main guzarne pati
to shadab ho bhi sakti thi.
Yeh ranj-o-gham ki siyahi jo dil pe chhayi hain
Teri nazar ki shuaon main kho bhi sakti thi.
Magar yeh ho na saka aur ab ye aalam hain
Ki tu nahin, tera gham teri justjoo bhi nahin.
Guzar rahi hain kuchh iss tarah zindagi jaise,
isse kisi ke sahare ki aarzoo bhi nahin.
Na koi raah, na manzil, na roshni ka suraag
Bhatak rahin hai andheron main zindagi meri.
Inhi andheron main reh jaoonga kabhi kho kar
Main janta hoon meri hum-nafas, magar yoonhi
Kabhi kabhi mere dil main khayal aata hai.
कभी कभी मेरे दिल मैं ख्याल आता हैं
कि ज़िंदगी तेरी जुल्फों कि नर्म छांव मैं गुजरने पाती
तो शादाब हो भी सकती थी।
यह रंज-ओ-ग़म कि सियाही जो दिल पे छाई हैं
तेरी नज़र कि शुओं मैं खो भी सकती थी।
मगर यह हो न सका और अब ये आलम हैं
कि तू नहीं, तेरा ग़म तेरी जुस्तजू भी नहीं।
गुज़र रही हैं कुछ इस तरह ज़िंदगी जैसे,
इससे किसी के सहारे कि आरझु भी नहीं.
न कोई राह, न मंजिल, न रौशनी का सुराग
भटक रहीं है अंधेरों मैं ज़िंदगी मेरी.
इन्ही अंधेरों मैं रह जाऊँगा कभी खो कर
मैं जानता हूँ मेरी हम-नफस, मगर यूंही
कभी कभी मेरे दिल मैं ख्याल आता है.