Recently, director-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra revealed at a press conference that the most-famous song "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga" was never planned to be a part of 1942: A Love Story album. He gave all the credit to Javed Akhtar's determination for the same.
One of the biggest hits given by RD Burman, the renowned song “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” from the film 1942: A Love Story, is still an iconic number today. However, it might have not been made it to the album of the 1994 hit film. Vidhu Vinod Chopra shared the story behind the making of this track while he was promoting his recent production venture Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, starring Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Juhi Chawla among others. The 2019 release also features a recreated version of this iconic song as its title track; which is composed by Rochak Kohli. During one of its promotional events held in Mumbai last week, Chopra said, "Rochak must have made this song about 20-25 times. Javed saab (Akhtar) wrote this line in his car on his way to RD’s (Burman) house because he was very scared that he did not have a line. This song was originally not meant to be there in the film. When Javed saab insisted, I told him, ‘It won’t be there. You can write, but it won’t be included in the film.'”
“I asked him, ‘So, what’s the line?’ He said, ‘Ek ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga…’He did not have anything beyond this! So, he continued, ‘Jaise…’ I asked, ‘Jaise?’ and he replied, ‘Jaise khilta gulab, jaise shayar ka khwab.’ He went on and on with lines like these, and as he said it, RD took out his harmonium and composed the hook line. This song was made within five-six minutes! I told Rochak that we could only touch the interlude of this song, not the rest of the song. We did only that and Rochak composed it brilliantly,” he shared further.
The '94 original track was picturised on Manisha Koirala and Anil Kapoor. Vidhu also recalled that how the lack of instrumentation in the original “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” was a major cause of worry for the legend RD Burman, who was going through a rough patch during that time.
“The contemporary generations of artistes sitting here should pay attention to this to know what insecurity does to a great artiste. When RD Burman made this song, he called me up one morning. He told me, ‘I want to add instrumentation to the song, violin and chorus to it…’ He told me that he made his domestic help, Sudama, listen to the song and he did not like it at all. This made me worried that he (Burman) would ruin the song out of insecurity. If you listen to the song, it actually has no instrumentation. I told him, ‘Don’t worry. In the video, Anil would be riding a bicycle so we will add its bell ring and also add a lot of other sounds.’ Basically, I made a fool out of him. So, I believe a great artiste should never harbour insecurity,” Vidhu Vinod Chopra said.
The film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga had released on February 1 and has been gathering a lot of appreciation from their audience.