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Agar Tum Sath Ho!

Movie - Tamasha

Lyrics - Irshad Kamil

Before explaining what the lyrics mean, let me describe the scenes that precedes the song (spoilers ahead..)

Taara(Deepika) denies ‘Ved’s’ (Ranbir) marriage proposal citing him to be a changed man from when they had first met. She seems to be in love with the former Ved(the one she meets in Corsica) instead of the latter Ved(the stuck-in-the-daily-rut Product Manager). This leaves Ved shattered. Later he visits her place in the middle of the night and loses his mind, blurting hate and acting insane. In this moment, she gets a glimpse into the mental mess he is in. It gives away his internal turmoil, a chaos created due to the dual life he has been leading(Not living his true self but being what the society expected him to be) and not just being rejected in love. She is numbed with guilt and feels the need to reach out to him as she realizes that there is more than what really meets the eye. So they decide to meet. This time again his madness comes to the forefront where he just says that ‘tujhe toh pyar ho gaya hay pagli par kisi aur se’. And ‘Taara’ accepts that it was all her fault and she still loves him as she feels that’s the only way she can redeem him. Thus begins ‘Agar tum sath ho’ to comfort a chaotic & broken heart.

Pal bhar theher jaao dil ye sambhal jaaye kaise tumhe roka karoon meri taraf aata har gham phisal jaaye aankhon mein tumko bharoon, bin bole baatein tumse karoon, gar tum saath ho, agar tum saath ho.

In essence, she is urging him to stay so that she can relax/feel better. She feels that she will be able to deal with all her sorrows if he is there, if he is there!

Behti rehti neher nadiyaan si teri duniya mein meri duniya hai teri chaahaton mein main Dhal jaati hoon teri aadaton mein gar tum saath ho.

She says that his forever moving life is where her world lies and it lies in loving him. And she moulds herself in his habits/ways of life if he is there, if he is there along!

Teri nazron mein hai tere sapne, tere sapnon mein hai naraazi, mujhe lagta hai ki baatein dil ki hoti lafzon ki dhokhebaazi tum saath ho ya na ho kya fark hai bedard thi zindagi bedard hai

This time he says! “You have dreams and those dreams reflect your disappointment/let down!(You have been let down in love as I am not the one you expected me to be)”. He feels the matters of the heart are just fooling around with the words. “Whether You are there are not,for me it doesn’t make a difference because my life will remain joyless/painful”-he says To me, this gives away that his turmoil lies much deeper and hasn’t got anything to do with her. It might be him being construed as rude but i think it aptly reflects a man’s point of view of living a worthless life devoid of any meaning!

Palken jhapakte hi din ye nikal jaaye baithi baithi bhaagi phiroon meri taraf aata har gham phisal jaaye aankhon mein tumko bharoon, bin bole baatein tumse karoon, gar tum saath ho, agar tum saath ho..

There she goes again! Still consoling him. Telling him that her days just passby in a flash and she runs around (emotionally) and all her sorrows go away when he is with her..when he is with her! All in all, this song, the lyrics as well as the visual deserves a standing ovation for reflecting complexities of such fragile emotions like a heartbreak so sensitively. Immersed in hues of red and muted yellows gives it depth and meaning. The two lovers go beyond being just romantic partners. They are soulmates. You know they are! Kudos to them!

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