Film: Zameen Aasmaan (1984)
Music: RD Burman
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
The longish but serene opening 2-flute piece ‘takes you to the mountains’, flows into female chorus and Lata Mangeshkar’s mellifluous vocals take over in the raag bhairavi-based mukhda. She takes this song to a different level with her skill and murkis especially in the antaras and reaches a beautiful crescendo while ending them. This lovely track will stay with you after you have listened to it. The instrumentation and packaging is also top-class here. Take a bow, RD Burman and Lata!
Countless forgettable movies especially in the 1980s had some really hummable numbers…and this one’s a clear case in point. The legend of RD Burman continued to shine through a lot of cacophony around and sometimes it is tough to understand why and how he lost ground big-time in 1980s and 90s. Maybe, this was the reason Lata Mangeshkar claims that RD died (1994) ‘too young and unhappy’