10 urdu words from Bollywood lyrics mean?


Aap Urdu seekhna chahte hain toh ishq kar lijiye 

Aur agar aap ishq karna chahte hain toh Urdu seekh lijiye 

-Khuswant Singh 

Urdu has always occupied a central position in Bollywood. So, let’s unfold 10 Beautiful Urdu Words from Bollywood  Lyrics. The beautiful lyrics of Gulzar to the soulful dialogues of 90s Bollywood films, we know Urdu always makes its presence known in it’s own curated way. 

The omnipresence of urdu in Indian cinema is known to all.


Today, let’s look into some of the beautiful Urdu Words from Bollywood.

  • Lafz – 

Kisi zubaan me bhi, woh lafz hi nahi 

Ki jin me tum ho kya tumhe bata sakoon.” 

Om Shanti Om 

You might have noticed this word a number of times in Bollywood dialogues and lyrics. Ever wondered what it means?

This beautiful word means ‘word’.  This just proves that Urdu makes even the most mundane words sound beautiful. 

  • Ashq – 

We all are familiar with Ishq but do you know what ashq means? 

No, it’s not a different form of love. In fact, its meaning is starkly different from that of Ishq. 

Ashq, in Urdu, means tears

Tip: In order to not become confused between Ashq and Ishq, remember Arijit Singh’s song Ashq na ho, and you won’t face any problems! 

  • Aashiyaan – 

“Itti si hansi

Itti si khushi

Itta sa tukda chand ka

Khwabon ke tinkon se

Chal banayein aashiyan.”

We all loved singing this song in our childhood. It feels like an escape to a dream world where everything is bright and cheerful. 

Aashiyan means home. And it does sound homely. 

Just like its meaning, the word Aashiyaan makes you feel all warm and cozy. 

  • Aafreen – 

This is probably one of the most popular words of Urdu, all thanks to Bollywood music. The song, originally written in the praise of a lady, is sung by none other than Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. 

It was repackaged by Coke Studio which made it even more treasured. 

Aafreen means alluring.

  • Dilnasheen – 

Dilnasheen sounds so beautiful to the ears and its meaning is similar; it means beautiful. 

It reminds us of these lyrics- 

Hmm, dil nasheen har adaa

Chhaa raha hai ek nasha

Dekh le jo tujhe, tujhpe ho jaaye fidaa.”

  • Mayassar 

Arijit Singh’s song ‘Phir le aaya dil’ from Barfi  lives in our hearts. And that is where we find the usage of the delicate word – 

“Dil keh raha use mayassar kar bhi aao

Wo jo dabi si aas baaki hai

Wo jo dabi si aanch baaki hai” 

Can you guess its meaning? In Urdu, Mayassar means available. 

  • Aeitbaar 

This is a pretty common Urdu word but it always remains useful especially in everyday use. 

We can guess the lyrics which made this word familiar to you – 

Dost dost na raha, pyar pyar na raha, zindagi tera hamein, aeitbar na raha..” 

As you can guess, Aeitbaar means trust. 

  • Hayat 

Hayat means existence or life. This is probably the reason why so many people are named Hayat.

A beautiful song that familiarised us with this word is the title track of Pakistani daily soap, Shareek-e-Hayat

“Tu sirf shareek-e-hayat hi nahi, hayat bhi tu.” 

  • Justajoo

Do not confuse Justajoo with Guftagu; there’s a huge difference between their meanings. 

With that out of the way, you must have heard this word a number of times but it’s meaning didn’t stick. 

Justajoo means longing. 

A soulful lyrical piece by Roop Kumar called Teri Justajoo is a beautiful example of this word. 

  • Khanabadosh 

Do you remember the Khanabadosh song from the Salman Khan starrer ‘London Dreams.’ 

If not, then you’ll probably not be able to guess the meaning of this mouthful of a word. 

Khanabadosh khanabadosh

Phirte hain hum khwaabon ke 

Sang liye london dreams” 

We guess, it’s perhaps a bit

clearer now. Kudos to you, if you guessed right.

Khanabadosh means gypsy.

That’s all for now. We hope you liked our curation of Urdu words from        Bollywood lyrics. 

Let us know your favourite Urdu words in the comments section, below! 

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