This song would probably appear in any Kishore Kumar playlist. A solid song with simple but powerful lyrics. One of the early songs in which R.D. Burman uses a guiro - the "comb" sound that became famous in Sach Mere Yaar Hai (Sagar).
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When the guitarist Bhanu Gupta made a mistake during the recording of this song, the people at the studio laughed, but R.D. Burman insisted on the guitarist playing the "wrong" chord for the final recording.
Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia played the flute in this song.[MR9]
This song, known for its depiction of a boat ride on Hooghly at night, was actually filmed in Natraj Studios, Mumbai. The stench of the stagnant water had made it very difficult to shoot this romantic scene. In an interview many years later, Sharmila Tagore recalled chewing gum while shooting this song to help her bear the smell.
The lyrics of this song were inspired by lines written by Qamar Jalalabadi and Verma Malik for the Hindi film song "Jab Raat Nahin Katati" ("Changez Khan", 1957). The original lines went "Jo aag lagi dil mein ashkon ne bujhaai hai / Ashkon ne jo bhadkaai aag woh kaise bujhegi".