Awaara (7 khoon maaf) – Lyrics and Meaning

I had totally forgotten about this song till I heard it the other day on the radio. Another beautiful song from the same movie is Bekaraan (with the interspersed dialogues), but I will leave the latter for some other time.

Right now its awaara……Master Saleem’s voice sounds perfect for this slightly dark song…….what a beautiful comparison of the wandering nature of the heart with that of a dry leaf  tossed aimlessly by the wind.

Awaara Awaara Awaara Awaara Awaara 

Hawa pe rakhe sookhe patte,  awaara 

Paaon zameen pe lagte hi ud lete hai dobara

Vagabond, Vagabond …..

Like the dry leaf floating in the air

As soon as your feet touch the ground, you are ready to fly again 

Naa shaak jude , na jad pakde

Mausam mausam banjaara 


Neither can you keep yourself attached to a branchNor can you hold on to the ground like the roots

You are like a nomad, that changes from season to season

Jhonka jhonka ye hawa, roz udaaye re 

Jaaki daar gayi , wo to beet gaya 

Jaaki maati gayi, waka meet gaya 

koi na bulaaye re

Every day, gusts of winds toss you around 

Once you detach from the branch, you are a thing of the past

Once you detach yourself from your conscience, you loose your friends 

No one will ever want you back 

rut rang liye aayi bhi gayi 

muthiyaan na khuli, berang rahi 

sookha patta banjara 


The season will bring all its colors

But with your closed palms, you will remain discolored 

You are a nomad, like the dry leaf

Sargam : ni ni ni sa sa ni ni ni sa sa re re sa sa (10) pa dha pa ma ma pa ma ga ga ma ga re sa re ga sa

Haule haule ye hawa, khel khilaaye re 

Khole dhoop kabhi, ghole chaanv kabhi 

kabhi pankh bane, bane paanv kabhi 

dhool dikhaaye re,

koi thaah na mili, na hawa na zameen,

na umeed ugi, na dilaasa kahin 

udta jaaye bechara


Gentle breeze plays with you, 

It flies you into the sun, and sometimes leave you in the shade

It forms your wings at times, and at times it becomes your legs 

And drags you into the dust 

But you never find a place to stay, neither can you float in the air, nor stay on the ground

Neither do you find hope, nor comfort anywhere 

Poor thing! you just keep flying

My interpretation : The way I see this song, looks like the “dry leaf”  and the “wind” are a reference to the human heart and destiny (or time or life). Its how the heart always keeps wondering, going from one though to another, one desire to another. Just when one feels that its time to settle, the heart expresses another desire and so the journey begins again. It is hard for the heart to remain attached to a thought (a person or a place), or remain grounded (like the roots), it likes to be on the move all the time. Destiny is sometimes like this strong gust of wind that detaches the leaf from the tree i.e frees the heart of all its previous attachments, but just like the leaf  becomes dull and colorless, similarly  when free to wander one is distanced from family and friends  (freedom comes with a price). And then even if the season changes from fall to spring, the leaf  cannot get back its color, just like the heart can never be the same again.
At other times destiny is  like this gentle breeze, that plays with our hearts. It gives us some happy times and some sad ones. It helps us fly or walks us through the ground and finally shows us the dust (reality). But the heart is never stable, it always wants something that it does not have and always likes to go in search of the unknown.

In the movie I think the song refers to the nature of the female protagonist in the movie : Priyanka Chopra, who looks for love everywhere, but never finds true love, and she keeps searching for true love, never being satisfied with what she has, never ready to make adjustments and form a stable relationship with the men who come into her life, just like a dry leaf  tossed by the wind, just like a vagabond.


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