“City of stars”- Subeh Dekh Li

The mirage that entices us, traps us and inspires us. The elusive dream that always seems Just a step ahead of us. Often in view but never within the reach. This song is about that.

When we were looking at having a promotional song for the movie “The Illegal”, these visuals kept haunting me. Since I was a part of the writing (Hindi Dialogues), I was engaged and entangled in the soul of the film. The theme was “City of stars”; the story of a young dreamer Sebastian or maybe it was Hassan’s dreams and probably about all dreamers. The hope that keeps us all going… Pulsating…

Lyrics

जिसका कभी था ज़िक्र सा मैंने वो सुबह देख ली

जिसका मिलना था कुफ़्र सा मैंने वो सुबह देख ली

हर पल चलते इस शहर में सोता नहीं किसी फर में

जिसका सजदा था शुक्र सा मैंने वो सुबह देख ली

ख़ुद से भी मिलने को ख़ुद से दौड़ है

मंजिल नहीं पर राहों का शोर है

रातों को चूमने तारे भी जल पड़े

सूरज को ढूँढने जुगनू भी चल पड़े

—वो सुबह देख ली

आ आके आज़मा तू इत्मेनान से

मेरे जुनून का तू इम्तेहान ले

मेरे भी आखों में कितने पर लगे

उड़ने को बेसब्र लेकिन हैं सब बंधे

(Translated by Lopa )

Finally, I can almost see it, feel it, the morning which dwelled

in our talks, our imagination.

Finally, I can see the morning which, for the longest time, seemed unattainable.

Restless, anxious in this city, can anyone sleep for a single hour?

The morning which I adored with gratitude, is in front of my eyes now.

Finally, I can almost see it, experienced it, feel it

The dawn of my dreams

Every day, I run endlessly to meet my own self,

I run across uncertain miles, amid the cacophony of the streets.

In the sky, the stars shine to kiss the dark, eager night.

The fireflies too start out, eager to search for the sun.

The fireflies too start out, eager to search for the sun.

Come! Test me, at your leisure, at your pace

And assess the authenticity of my Passion

My eyes full of dreams ready with their wings on them

Eager to ascend but anchored by the reality

Anchored by the reality of life

Yet, I can almost see it, experienced it, feel it