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thinking well, well wisher

duudh-shariik bahan

foster sister

risaa.ii

related to grief and death, elegiac

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vessel, vase, receptacle

tihaa.ii

one third, one-third part

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curse, anathema, imprecation, reproach, reproof, rebuke

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to be wrathful, to rage

mazduur

a hired labourer, worker

chale na jaa.e aa.ngan Te.Dhaa

a bad workman blames his tools

aage naath na piichhe pagaa

heirless, lone, lone wolf

saahir

magician, sorcerer, wizard, conjuror

ku.Dmaa.ii

the celebration of of an engagement, betrothal, engagement

nazar-bhar dekhnaa

to look carefully

KHvaaja-e-taash

slaves of the same master in relation to one another, slave colleagues

maiyaa

kindness, mercy

qafas

cage for birds

husn-e-talab

a decent way of desiring, nice way of asking

basar

living, livelihood, course of life

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state of just living a life (esp. with mediocre means), whiling away one's time means of livelihood, passing (one's) time, occupation, employment, subsistence, livelihood, means of living

muntashir

spread, wide-spread, dispersed, diffused, diffuse

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Adaakaari Mein Urdu: Bollywood Moments Featuring Urdu Words

by Atifa Haroon 17 August 2023 5 min Read

Adaakaari Mein Urdu: Bollywood Moments Featuring Urdu Words

Welcome to the mesmerizing realm of Bollywood adaakaarii (acting) and its timeless romance with Urdu! In the world of Bollywood, our exquisite Urdu language has been a constant companion to writers, lyricists, and adaa-kaar (actors) alike. 

We, the Bollywood aficionados (yes, including yours truly), find ourselves effortlessly quoting dialogues in our everyday lives, as if they were tailor-made for our situations. These cinematic gems, be it dialogues or song lyrics, cling to our souls long after the credits roll. 

And, today, my dear friends, we embark on an exhilarating journey through the lanes of Bollywood, exploring some of the most iconic moments that showcase the splendor of Urdu. These dialogues, lyrics, and expressions have become the crown jewels of Bollywood, captivating audiences far and wide. 

Let's kick off our Urdu-filled Bollywood extravaganza with the legendary Dilip Kumar, gracing the silver screen as Prince Saleem in the timeless masterpiece, Mughal-e-Aazam. The dialogue which goes like: "Taqdeerein badal jaati hai, zamana badal jaata hai, mulkon ki tarikh badal jaati hai, shahenshah badal jaate hai,  magar is badalti hui duniya mein mohabbat jis insaan ka daaman thaam leti hai, woh insaan nahi badalta" paired with Dilip Sahab's flawless delivery, elevates this moment to the pinnacle of Bollywood brilliance. 

Next up is one of Bollywood's most iconic dialogues, which is adorned with the brilliance of Urdu. Sunny Deol's thunderous monologue in the courtroom scene of the movie Damini showcases Urdu words in a fiery fashion. Brace yourself for this gem: "Tarikh par tarikh, tarikh par tarikh, tarikh par tarikh, tarikh par tarikh milti rahi hai, lekin insaaf nahi mila my lord, insaaf nahi mila, mili hai toh sirf yeh tarikh." It's a relentless repetition of dates, emphasizing the frustrating delay in justice, but if there's anything that's been received, it's just this never-ending series of dates.

Amitabh Bachchan in his glorious career has delivered many a dialogues and songs that have a rich Urdu vocabulary. However, his dialogue “Rishte mein toh hum tumhare baap hote hain, naam hai Shahenshah” is a line that exudes sheer dominance and establishes his authority, making it an unforgettable moment in Bollywood history. 

Just like how parallel and supporting storylines in a movie make it all the more interesting, various supporting and even antagonistic characters have delivered rich dialogues. 
The legendary Pran’s dialogue in the movie Zanjeer “Iss shehr mein naye ho sahab, warna Sher Khan ko kaun nahi jaanta” transcended the boundaries of the movie, capturing the hearts of audiences and attaining immense fame and admiration.

Farooq Sheikh’s dialogue in Chasm-e-Badoor “ Pehli taareekh se badi company mein chota afsar banne jaa raha hoon” might be a forgotten gem, but its hard-hitting realism caught the audience’s awe like a wildfire. 

Whoever can forget the enchanting songs that grace our screens? Especially the ones adorned with the exquisite Urdu language, infusing them with even more melody, poetry, and depth. Take, for instance, Rekha's portrayal of a courtesan, singing the heartbreakingly beautiful line, "Iss anjuman mein aap ko aanaa hai baar baar, dar-o-deewar ko gaur se pehchan lijiye." 

Another instance of Rekha stealing hearts and igniting a symphony of emotions with her performance in “In aankhon ki masti ke mastane hazaaron hain”.. The entire song is a blissful amalgamation of lyrics that captivate the mind and heart of the listener, and then there’s Rekha with the entire maikhaana in her eyes, ah, what else does one need?!

Amitabh Bachchan using phrases like “tu ab se pehle sitaaron mein bas rahi thi kahin, tujhe zameen par utara gaya hai mere liye” is hands down the best way to impress a beloved. 

And when Shahrukh Khan dancing on a train roof, praising his beloved in comparison with the Urdu language goes “Woh yaar hai jo khushboo ki tarah, woh jiski zabaan Urdu ki tarah”  he has multiple generations grooving to the beats. 

Also, there's a breathtaking Sonali Bendre on Aamir Khan’s watch as Jagjit Singh goes “Hosh walon ko khabar kya, bekhudi kya cheez hai”. This melodious ghazal has made a mark in the hearts of many in the 90’s for its rich and spellbinding Urdu lyrics and tune. 

Ah, these Bollywood moments we've touched upon are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to showcasing the beauty, grandeur, and elegance of the Urdu language. There's simply too much to cover in a single blog! But hey, who can blame Bollywood for its never-ending love affair with Urdu? It's a beautiful journey that keeps on enchanting us. Well, that's all for now, folks. But don't you worry, we'll be back with more intriguing blogs just like this one. Remember “Hum hain raahi iss zabaan ke, phir milenge chalte chalte.”

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