I have already posted an article on how lyricists use the word Ankhen, in their lyrics. Today’s topic is Bollywoody Nazar, which will talk about the usage of the word Nazar in Bollywood songs. The word Nazar means vision or view. But, it is alternatively used for eyes, as well. The songwriters are interested in how the eyes see. Often, the look in the eyes is piercing us. Eyes are, thus, so powerful.
A person’s piercing eyes can impress the lyricists. Eyes may talk to the heart. They may cause negative vibrations on things or people. The lyricists may ask the girl’s eyes to be steady in their aim while shooting their Cupid’s arrows. They explain the effectiveness of the arrow’s shots. The lyricists want to be hurt by these arrows, which can strike like lightning. They compare falling in love with having seen eye-to-eye with their beloved. The lyricists also describe the way the beloved looked at them.
Some of my favorite Bollywood songs with the word Nazar:
Dekhke teri nazar… Howrah Bridge (1958)
Dilki nazarse nazron ki dilse… Anari (1959)
Nazar lagi Raja… Kala Pani (1960)
Nazar mere dilke paar hui… Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai (1961)
Zara nazronse kehdo ki… Bees Saal Baad (1962)
Shokh nazar ki bijliyan… Woh Kaun Thi? (1964)
Unse mili nazar… Jhuk Gaya Aasman (1968)
Unki pehli nazar… April Fool (1964)
Aaj hum apni duaonka asar dekhenge teer-e-nazar dekhenge… Paakeezah (1972)