Kishore Kumar's last effort as a music maker is an excellent showcase for his son Amit. Amit Kumar sings four songs in this film and all four must rank at the top of his list of songs. Kishore Kumar has Amit repeat "main ik panchhi matwala," which a very young Amit had sung in his dad's classic Door Ka Rahi in 1969. The 1990 version has a very refreshing sound and the smell of the land. The rustic sounds are repeated in the breezy "beeti jaaye zindagani," another Amit Kumar classic. Great philosophical lyrics, too! Amit Kumar attempts the semi-classical "todke bandhan saare" (raga Adana) and succeeds to a fair degree. The prayer "andhiary raahon mein" will stay with you for long. Now, to the other singers: I did not know Leena sang so well! Her "na re na" is a beautiful lullaby and she also does a duet version of the prayer mentioned above. I also loved "kaise beetengi ratiyan," sung by a group of four (of which Jolly Mukherjee was one).
All said and done, the two songs that stand out in this all-great-songs collection are Kishore Kumar's "mera geet adhura hai" and "jivan gaari." In the former, Kishore Kumar lends his voice probably for the last time to Rajesh Khanna. This one has minimum use of orchestra and relies on the beat of a horse-cart and the master singer just floors you with his magical rendition. It has a Bengali counterpart "aami premer pother pothik," which was released in a Puja album in the late 1980s. "Jivan Gaari" is played in the background as Amit Kumar leaves for the city college. It again has the smell of the soil and sound of nature, complemented excellently by Kishore Kumar's singing.
I give it 10 on 10...nothing less will do.