Oscar winning song 'Jai Ho!' and its lyrics

AR Rahman’s Oscar-winning song ‘Jai Ho!’ is the toast of the town in almost every part of the world. Music experts are listening to the song again and again to appreciate the global texture of the song and at the same time they are admiring the beauty of the lyrics by India’s foremost lyricist Gulzar who, like AR Rahman, has always experimented with his narrative. Gulzar’s song is a rich combination of India’s three languages Hindi, Urdu  and Punjabi- the first for an Oscar-winning song. Rahman added an extra layer of Spanish to go along with his Latin American touch of music that really makes the song quite unique and international.

Despite the Latin American layer, the undercurrent of the song remains a Sufi thought. Sufism, or Tasawwuf as it is known in the Muslim world, is Islamic mysticism. However, in India, Sufism sometimes is a wider term that includes Hindu bhakti as well. Gulzar’s lyrics in Jai Ho reflect the quintessential Ghalib thought, named after the giant Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib who talked of insufferable pain but also found it enjoyable if one was in love.

Lyrics of JAI HO!

Jai Ho! Jai Ho!

Aaja aaja jind shaamiyaane ke taley - Aaja zari waale neele aasmaan ke taley

Jai Ho! Jai Ho!

Ratti ratti, sachchi main ne, jaan ganvaayi hai - Nach nach, koylon pe yun, raat bitaayi hai

Ankhiyon ki neend main ne phoonkon se udaa di- Gin gin taarey main ne ungli jalaayi hai

Aaja aaja jind shaamiyaane ke taley- Aaja zari waale neele aasmaan ke taley

Gham-e-dil

Kehdungi!

Haal-e-dil

Kehdungi!

Baila! Baila!
(C’mon dance! Dance!)

Ahora conmigo, tu baila para hoy
(C’mon, dance with me this moment)

Por nuestro dia de movidas,
(For the moment that’s still alive)

los problemas los que sean
(irrespective of the problems)

Salud!
(Cheers!)

Baila! Baila!
(Dance! Dance!)

Jai Ho! Jai Ho!

Chakh le, haan chakh le, yeh raat shehed hai - Rakh le, dil hai, dil aakhri hadd hai

Kaala kaala, kaajal tera - Koi kaala jaadu hai na

Aaja aaja jind shaamiyaane ke taley - Aaja zari waale neele aasmaan ke taley

Jai Ho! Jai Ho!

Kab se, jo lab pe ruki hai - Keh de, ab aankh jhuki hai

Aisi aisi roshan aankhein- Roshan dono heerey hain kya

Aaja aaja jind shaamiyaane ke taley - Aaja zari waale neele aasmaan ke taley

Jai Ho! Jai Ho!