Song Review: Humne dekhi hain un Aankhon ki Mehekti Khusboo

We have often heard the proverb, “Old is Gold”. It holds true for Indian cinema. When it comes to old Hindi songs, one can’t forget the melody and music they enthuse. One such song, which captures your heart with awesome lyrics is “Humne Dekhi hain un aankho ki mehekti Khusboo.” This beautiful song is from the film Khamoshi. The film was directed by Asit Sen and released in 1969 and went on to become a blockbuster.
Written by well known lyricist Gulzar and soulfully rendered by the “Voice of the millennium”.

Lata Mangeshkar, the song magically uplifts your mood. The music, which is given by Hemant Kumar enhances the charm of this beautiful song. This song is picturised on beautiful Snehlata who plays the role of Arun’s (Rajesh Khanna) ex-friend Sulekha who rejected his proposal.

The song is about true love and passionate feelings, which cannot be defined. It tells us that love must not necessarily have a tag of a relationship. The lines are poetic and instantly click in your heart.

“Humne dekhi hain un aankhon ki mehekti
Haath se choo kar isse rishton ka ilzam na do
Sirf ehsaas hain ye rooh se mehsoos karoon
Pyaar ko pyaar hi rehne do koin naam na do”

These lines in the song convey the feeling that love should be considered as love only. It is a feeling, which can only be sensed by one’s soul. Binding it with a relationship tag and giving it a name will diminish its importance.

The song then goes on to describe that love cannot be depicted in words. Love is a feeling, a true sentiment that can only be felt. It is neither sound nor voice. Love is silence, which speaks and can be heard. Love is that eternal feeling, which cannot be extinguished. Love is that celestial light, which has illuminated the word since eternity.

“Pyar koi bol nahi. Pyar koi aawaz nahi.
Ek khamoshi hain sunti hain kaha karti hain
Na ye bhujti hain, na rukti hain. Na thahri hain kahin
Noor ki boond hain, sadiyon se baha karti hain
Sirf ehsaas hain ye rooh se mehsoos karoon…”

The song then goes on to portray that in love eyes always sparkle with a smile and one can sense the brightness beneath the eyelids. Though the lip does not say anything, many silent stories wait to be unfolded on these shivering lips.

“Muskurahat si khiili rehti hai aankhon me kahin
Aur palko me ujale se jhuke rehte hain
Hoth kuch kehte nahi, kanpte hothon pe magar
Kitne khamosh se aafsane ruke rehte hain”

This song is far better than the modern dance – song sequence which cashes only on latkas –jhatkas without having meaningful lyrics or tuneful music. This marvelous gem from Gulzar’s pen will always remain evergreen and the wordings of this song will inspire generations to come.

Shruti Roy