Add the hilarious "lanka chale raamji yudh karne," sung by Kishore Kumar and Sapan Chakravorty, to the list of songs. Sung in the true Ramlila sense, this one parodies the event majestically: Just listen to the stammering Lakshman trying to utter "Surpanakha" and managing only "su-su-su" to which Ram says, "su-su mat kar beh jaayega..."
Aanchal is one of the many mediocre films that Pancham provided superb music for and that never reached the audiences because of the film's dismal performance. Starting with Lata Mangeshkar's classy "bhor bhaye panchhi," which carries the sweet, pure fragrance of the morning (another great Lata number for Rakhee, like the ones in Jurmana and Bemisal), to the excellent romatic duet, "bas meri jaan bas." Kishore Kumar and Lata are part of this unconventional duet that has the mukhda repeated at the start of every antara, a form quite original and new to Hindi film music. The other Kishore duet "paise ki kajal" is with Asha Bhosle, and this breezy number is complemented very well by Pancham's choice of instruments. Listen to it to feel the fast foot-tapping by Rajesh Khanna and Rekha on screen. The only Kishore solo is a comic picturized on a drunk Rajesh Khanna riding a horse. The song, "aisa rangeen samaa," did get somewhat popular, and was aired on Vividh Bharati those days. Asha Bhosle's "jaane de gaadi" again proves her versatility: she sound musical even when she mocks!
All in all, an excellent album...one of Pancham's better efforts in the 1980s.