January 27, 2010 2:33:16 PM IST Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
In rather two disconnected events, Gulzar has created a magic through written words about the magic that eyes have been creating since the time man evolved to use it for communication, passion, derision, etc. One is through the song in VEER, "Sureele ankhiyon waale", and the other is through his song about revitalizing the relationship between India and Pakistan through his creation "Nazar mein rehte ho jab tum nazar nahi aate". Through both these songs Gulzar has underlined why when he bestows his personal attention to a subject it indeed becomes a treatise.
It is probably for the first time that a sense of musicality has been associated with eyes. All kinds of prepositions have been associated with eyes, but it is for the first time that a sense of music has also been equated with eyes. Obviously, eyes indeed sing or they communicate music when they are in love, but it took a Gulzar to underline this musical aspect in his own imitable manner in VEER and no wonder the song from the film has gained popularity all over. After a long time Salman Khan has got a romantic hit to his name. For that matter Salman has been rather fortunate that he has been associated with mystique of eyes for the second time earlier it was through HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM, where the eyes were up to a mischief and now the eyes are conveying the essence of love through their movements.
In the same manner with his song " Nazar mein rehte ho", in Aman Ki Aasha, the sense of hope, fondness of the memories and an era gone by, the yearn for the love, passion and belongingness comes out in a very heart touching manner. No wonder even Big B did not think twice before giving the voice over to this lyrical miasma that Gulzar has woven that has the hope of taking the first step forward in bridging the boundaries between India and Pakistan.
It happens only in the sub continent context where the eyes create the contact and either takes them forward or pushes them backward. Such frequent referencing to the magic of eyes is not resorted to in English lyrics. Probably for them the magic of eyes does not have that contextual relevance. No wonder, when they try to address eyes the lyrics that instantly comes to mind is "Hungry eyes"... by Sheena Easton.
The magic of eyes would continue to enthrall and mesmerize as long as Gulzar keeps on revisiting it in as romantic ways as can it be possible.