Film: Imaandaar (1987)
Lyrics: Prakash Mehra
Singers: Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhosle
This racy, catchy, dance-worthy but sad number has the filmmaker Prakash Mehra doing the lyrical honours and is set to a very hummable tune by Kalyanji-Anandji with some poignant expressions by Suresh Wadkar and Asha Bhosle. The former keeps it simple with his inimitable voice and effortless singing, crystal-clear diction accompanied by an equally effective saxophone play while the latter appears shortly to end this accompanied with sobbing. Some of the lines hit hard with samples like Cheer ke dekhe dil mera to, tera hi naam likha rakha hai and Dil ne yaar ki pooja ki hai, pyaar ka naam khuda rakha hai. The beauty here is enhanced by the fast-paced high-octave notes and primarily major-chord play. Haunting number I say!
The golden-voiced and the unassuming Suresh Wadkar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suresh_Wadkar) methinks did not get the success he deserved. He started in late-70s, gained popularity in the 80s and was decently active in the 90s too. However, there wasn’t a decade he could call his own but there were ‘gems’ sprinkled all over this period – there was Main hoon prem rogi (Prem Rog; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfz7i2gea14), Ae zindagi gale lagaa le (Sadma; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BXqAnZWqdQ; also read: https://shailendra19.com/2017/12/01/ae-zindagi-gale-lagaa-le-sadma-1983/), Lagi aaj saawan ki (Chandni; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrNbG2W6IRE) and Megha re megha re (Pyaasa Sawan; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdVykZC0IGs) to name a few!