This song, sung and composed by Hemant Kumar, was the equivalent of "Ei Raat Tomar Amar" from the Bengali film "Deep Jwele Jaai" (1959), the Bengali film of which this Hindi film was a remake. Such was the popularity of "Ei Raat Tomar Amar" and its significance in the Bengali original, that director Asit Sen insisted on Hemant Kumar using the same tune for this Hindi equivalent. However, since Hemant Kumar had already used its tune earlier for "Yeh Nayan Dare Dare" ("Kohraa", 1964), he was not willing to repeat it for another Hindi film song and came up with a clever compromise. While recording “Yeh Nayan Dare Dare” ("Kohraa", 1964), Hemant Kumar had discarded the introduction to “Ei Raat Tomar Amar”. He took this introduction as-is for this song but came up with a completely different tune for the rest of it.
The whistling in this song was Manohari Singh's.
The tune of this song was reused for the title song of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's TV series "Talaash" which was first aired on Doordarshan in 1992. Titled "Jeevan Ek Pyaas Hai Sabhi Ko Kuchh Talaash Hai", the song was sung by Suresh Wadkar and written by Yogesh.