An Asha song to commemorate her birthday yesterday. It does not get better than this. While the complexity of Pancham's music and Gulzar's lyrics endears the song to music buffs, Asha's deceptively relaxed singing style makes it accessible to a many more people. She did have some help from technology - the fact that Pancham mixed two separate vocal tracks is obvious in the harmony sections (Rehne Do...). This song is said to have been inspired by Horsell Common and the Heat Ray but the similarity is really faint.
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While recording this song, R.D. Burman had asked Asha Bhosle to leave certain lines at points that seemed incomplete. When a puzzled Gulzar had asked him about it, the composer had brushed him aside. In the final form of the song, he "filled up" the song by mixing two vocal tracks by Asha Bhosle to create a unique harmony. He then offered this song as a challenge for Gulzar to film. Gulzar had given Burman difficult lyrics to compose to in "Mera Kuch Saamaan" and he got back at the lyricist, who was also directing the film, by giving him a song that was not easy to shoot![MR2]
The opening line of this song may have been inspired by Jeff Wayne's instrumental track "Horsell Common and the Heat Ray". The track was part of his debut album "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds" (1978), which was a musical interpretation of H.G. Wells' science fiction novel "The War of the Worlds" (1898).