It was 'Achha To Hum Chalte Hain' one last time on Wednesday for Rajesh Khanna, three decades after a filmy style of saying goodbye to a loved one was immortalised in the evergreen song featuring the superstar.
The lyrics for the song for Rajesh Khanna-Asha Parekh film Aan Milo Sajna (1971) itself was believed to have been composed in 25 minutes and there is an interesting anecdote.
Khanna is reported to have asked producer J Om Prakash to record another song for the film. Prakash telephoned Lakshmikant Kudalkar of the legendary Lakshmi-Pyarelal duo and asked him to compose a playful and romantic song.
The next day, the music duo, lyricist Anand Bakshi and Prakash gathered in the studio and Lakshmikant proposed that the lyrics should be written first and the tune could be composed later. Bakshi came up with many opening lyrics but Prakash rejected them all.
Ten hours later, no one could come up with a chorus that would suit the flirtatious mood of the song. When the men decided to retire for the day, Bakshi turned to Lakshmikant and said, "Achha to hum chalte hain. (Well there, I'm leaving)".
Lakshmikant responded, "Phir kab miloge? (When are we meeting again?)" Prakash got a clue from this dialogue and said, "Gentlemen, we have the opening lyrics!"
Both the mood and the situation suited the theme of the song in the film where Khanna asks his lady love Asha Parekh about their next meeting.
Bakshi wrote the entire lyrics in the next 25 minutes, and by midnight Lakshmikant-Pyarelal had composed the tune for a song that became a rage and popular in college campuses.