Jatin Lalit composed the music for this youth-oriented love story under the banner of Yash Raj films, and in the process delivered the most successful album of their career. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, or DDLJ as it is popularly known, marked the beginning of the fifth wave in Indian cinema and though condemned by a closed group of critics for claiming more credit than it deserves, DDLJ still secured a full score for bringing in a much needed freshness after a decade-long mediocre musical production style with raunchy, low-reaching inspirations. Pre-DDLJ, Indian cinema was considered to be at an historic low, with the second wave of evergreen classics and third wave of parallel cinema brutally eradicated by a decade-long assault of raunchy double-meaning lyrics and widespread plagiarism. Jatin Lalit gave their fourth hit soundtrack after Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Khiladi, and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. Considered the heir apparent of the romantic melodious tradition started by R.D. Burman, the duo successfully maintained a Punjabi undertone to the music of DDLJ and picked a stable diet of singers in Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, Abhijeet, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Pamela Chopra, and Manpreet Kaur. Most importantly, Anand Bakshi won his third Filmfare Best Lyricist Award after 14 years (Ek Duje Ke Liye) of highly unproductive, crude lyrics like "Choli ke peeche kya hai" (Khalnaayak), "Jumma chumma de de" (Hum) and "Tu cheez badi hai mast mast"(Mohra). Yet most of the credit for the success of its music goes to this brilliant movie, the songs being reminiscent of a love story that depicts the newfangled Indian generation demanding creativity and an unabashed style to mirror their growing ambitions.
AllMusic Review by Bhasker Gupta