Chupnewale samne aa – Rafi – O P Nayyar – Shammi Kapoor | Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1957 romantic drama Tumsa Nahin Dekha (Never Seen Anyone like You) directed by Nasir Hussain (debut) and produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Ameeta, late Pran, late Raj Mehra, etc.

Sardar Rajpal (B M Vyas) had killed a friend 20 years ago and escaped from his hometown Shillong. Now, he had settled in a village in Assam with his adopted daughter Meena (Ameeta). On Meena’s suggestion, he places an advertisement in a newspaper for his wife, whom he had left behind years ago; to send their son to him. He places another ad below this for a manager for his estate. His wife, Kamala (Anjali Devi) sees the ad and gives their son Shankar (Shammi Kapoor) a letter for Rajpal stating that the person carrying the letter is her son. She does not foresee a situation wherein Shankar loses the letter.

Soon, Sohan (Pran) impersonating Shankar and with Kamala’s letter reaches Rajpal’s home. Since Kamala had written that Shankar hates his father, Rajpal does not reveal the truth to him and employs him in his estate. The real Shankar arrives the next day. Shankar has met Meena, on the way to Rajpal’s home and the journey had been very pleasing for him. On the other hand, Meena had a tough time with him teasing her continuously. Shankar has actually fallen in love with Meena.

Rajpal has a tiff going with the tribals living nearby because he had bought the land originally belonging to them from the government. One day, one of the tribal girls, visit Rajpal’s estate to take away some hay from the land. Sohan sees her and tries to rape her. Shankar comes to her rescue just in time and saves her. When she is gone, Sohan complains to Rajpal that Shankar is having an affair with the girl and that is the reason why he had allowed her to take the hay away from their estate. Shankar decides to prove him wrong by bringing the girl to Rajpal.

When Shankar is trying to convince the girl to help him out, Meena comes that way but is hidden or so she thinks. Shankar requests the girl to act as if they were in love. When Shankar realizes that Meena is getting jealous, he begins this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by O P Nayyar and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

This song urges the beloved, who is hidden from view and is watching the one singing the song, to come out of hiding. I feel there are hints of spirituality in this song indicating the presence of a hidden God, who is watching us from his hideout.

Video: Cinematography is by Marshall Braganza.

The video begins with Ameeta standing behind a few bushes. The next moment, Shammi Kapoor is seen squatting on a large flat stone inside a small pond. He begins the song immediately. After completing one stanza, he jumps to the bank of the pond on the other side. He, then, dances with the tribal girl on the cane bridge over the pond. Some other tribal girls also join them.

This seems to be a set in a studio and not a real location. Ameeta clearly does not like Shammi Kapoor dancing with the tribal girl. She is jealous and furious. She, then, leaves the place in anger. The video ends with Shammi Kapoor ending the song and the tribal girls moving in a neat line on the bridge dancing with mud pots in their hands.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Mohammad Rafi and Shammi Kapoor has lip-synced to the song. Ameeta looks on.

Cultural Influence: This song is a typical filmi song. However, according to me, it has some spiritual connotation to it. The lead pair is good. The song has been rendered very beautifully by Mohammad Rafi. The video is watchable more than several times for the lead pair and the singer.

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