Raj Kapoor’s films always had one thing in common: great music. This was RK’s first film after the one that nearly destroyed him financially, ‘Mera Naam Joker’. And so, the music was bound to reflect RK’s departure from the darker side of human nature to the more commercially-sellable youthful romance. It’s the first collaboration between the RK banner and Laxmikant-Pyarelal (RK was known to work with Shankar-Jaikishan for RK-banner films). The duo was the combined fresh face of film music in the late 1960s and early 1970s. And they delivered major hits on this album, a few of which are all-time classics. The music is a large part of the overall success of the film, i.e., you CANNOT think of this film without its music.
The melodies are characterised by rich arrangements so that you’ll notice something new every time you hear it. The lyrics are the driving force of the songs; the melodies only enhance their stature. Vocal performances by Lata Mangeshkar and Shailendra Singh stand out. Lata Mangeshkar was entering, in my opinion, the apex beauty in her voice in the early 1970s, so we’re treated to that surreal quality throughout the album. I was particularly impressed with her performance on “Chabi Kho Jaaye”, where she really sounds like a 16-17-year-old in the throes of first-time love.