This is one of the songs by Gulzar that I like because of the depth in the words and the imagery.
Movie: Gol Maal (Chaos), the 1979 movie was directed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee and produced by NC Sippy. The cast is lead by Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Manju Singh, late Utpal Dutt, late David, late Deven Verma and late Dina Pathak.
Ramprasad Dashrathprasad Sharma (Amol Palekar) wants a new job, with a better pay. His sister Ratna (Manju Singh) and he do not have any relatives or close friends other than Dr. Kedar (David). Dr. Kedar informs him about Bhavani Shankar’s (Utpal Dutt) company called Urmila Traders.
Bhavani Shankar follows conventional ideals. He does not like young people wearing modern dresses. He likes sports but considers young people talking about sports as disgraceful. The weirdest characteristic of his is the hatred of men without mustaches. He considers them characterless.
Ram has a moustache. He wears a kurta and feigns ignorance about sports. That works and Bhavani puts him on the job immediately. Ram works hard, so both the employer and the employee do not have any problems. But one day, Ram takes leave from the job saying that his mother (who expired several years ago) has become ill and goes to watch a hockey match. Bhavani Shankar is also there in the stadium and he sees his employee there.
Next day, Bhavani Shankar sends for Ram to his cabin in the office and talks about the hockey match. Ram suddenly remembers the story of a movie; his friend (Deven Verma playing himself) is working in and convinces Bhavani Shankar that he had seen his identical twin brother Lucky or Lakshmanprasad Dashrathprasad Sharma, who has no moustache, at the stadium.
Bhavani Shankar believes him and regrets having accused him. He tries to make amends by hiring Lucky to teach his daughter Urmila (Bindya Goswami) vocal music. Ram halfheartedly shaves off his moustache and becomes Lucky to teach Urmila. He is helped by his friend Deven Verma.
It is at this time that Ram as Lucky sings this song.
Song: Lyrics by Gulzar and music by R D Burman are fantastic. Gulzar is known for using different types of words and philosophical songs.
The song goes thus, “The moment that is going to come will go away (too). If possible live the entire life in it, since the moment will leave.”
Time does not wait for anyone. The time that comes leaves immediately. That is why you should do your intended work immediately. Gulzar has made a Hindi proverb in different words for the song. The proverb is “Kal kare so aaj kar. Aaj kare so ab. Pal mein parlay ho jayegi. Bahuri hoyegi kab?” This means what you decide to do tomorrow, do it today. What you want to do today, do it right now. A deluge can happen in a moment. When will your work be done? Gulzar is an expert in using these kinds of sayings and words.
The song continues, “Once an innocent bud met me this way. While blossoming it became a flower. When you see it is there. When you seek, it is not there, that moment that is going to go. The moment that is going to come will go away (too). If possible live the entire life in it, since the moment will be leaving.”
The song here has double meaning. The protagonist is being philosophical as well as talks about his liking for the girl and the love blossoming between them.
The song goes on with, “Once a moment fell from time, somewhere. There an incident happened. The moment was to be seen nowhere. It will make us smile a little. It will make us cry a little. And then leave (us). The moment that is going to come will go away (too). If possible live the entire life in it, since the moment will be leaving.”
Video: Cinematography by Jaywant Pathare.
The song has been picturized in the music room of Bindya Goswami. Amol Palekar likes her the moment he sees her and conveys it through his gestures but the song is philosophical as well. Bindya Goswami reciprocates the same feelings for him and that is depicted by a day-dreaming sequence. Her dress in her day-dream and the flowers falling on her are fascinating.
Artists: Kishore Kumar sings the playback. Amol Palekar lip-synchs and Bindiya Goswami looks on. Utpal Dutt also listens to the song.
Cultural influence: The song gives a think-worthy message and teaches us how to live and serves the purpose of entertainment as well.