A.R. Rahman dedicated this song to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The song's title were a riff on the legendary qawwal's popular "Sajna Tere Bina".[MR16]
This song almost did not make the final cut of the movie. When A.R. Rahman first played it to Mani Ratnam, he felt that it would not fit in the film. However, a month before the film's audio release, he changed his mind and included it in the film. The song went on to become a big hit.[MR16]
When A.R. Rahman saw the picturization of this song, he felt that the sadness of the character did not match the original, happy mood of the song. Rahman then modified the beginning of the song to give it a sombre mood that matched the picturization.[MR16]
This A.R. Rahman song was used in the Hollywood animation film "Planes" (2013) in the scene where Dusty, the crop-dusting plane, flies to the Taj Mahal.