A musical score is an obligation for a Tanuja Chandra film. Unlike Subhash Ghai or Yash Chopra, who ensure that their tunes blend with the narrative, Tanuja's forte has never been music.
Even though her earlier films (Dushman and Sangharsh) boasted of great music, her area of concentration remained action.
Nevertheless, for a film that revolves around a pop singer, Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar is devoid of peppy dance tracks.
The album begins with Dil to kehta hai that sounds like a rehashed version of Naaraz savera hai (Sangharsh), sung by Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu.
While Kumar Sanu's Halat na poochho dil ki is sombre, Udit Narayan goes all out with Nikal padi.
Nikal padi attempts reviving Hanste hue aate hai sab (Muqqadar Ka Sikander) and Yaaron sun lo zara (Rangeela). But, it fails.
Jaspinder Narula treads the path of self-discovery in Main kaun hoon. The song appears to be loosely inspired by Mausam ki sargam (Khamoshi -- The Musical)
Sonu Nigam does a fine job with the breezy romantic ditty-- Aye chand khoobsurat. Salim Bijnopuri's soothing lyrics and the lilting melody make this one the best of the lot.
Hariharan's biggest asset is that he can make the plain sound extraordinary. And he surpasses himself, yet again, with the ghazal, Zamane mein sabhie ko.
Mediocrity is written all over the Sajid-Wajid composition Ahista ahista rendered by Sonu Nigam and Shraddha Pandit.
Daboo Malik, who debuts as composer, isn't half bad. But he's got a long way to go before he can beat elder brother Anu.
Music is not the USP of Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar. Even if the film works, the music won't.