Movie – Shatranj (1969)
The song Samjho zara kehti hai kya was featured in Gemini Studios’ spy thriller Shatranj (1969), produced by S S Vasan and N N Sippy and directed by S S Vasan. The movie starred Rajendra Kumar, Waheeda Rahman, Mahmood, Shashikala, Helen, Achala Sachdev, Madan Puri, Agha, etc.
The movie begins with a helicopter taking away prisoners from an enemy country. The invisible leader of the country assigns a couple of his henchmen to find out more about the man, who gets the prisoners released. They decide to ensnare him through a dancer Meena (Waheeda Rahman), who is in Hong Kong for a dance performance. The man is Jay (Rajendra Kumar). But, it turns out that after convincing Meena’s father, he travels to China’s mainland to contact her. Meena’s mother has been taken hostage to make her do their bidding. Jay makes his way to Meena’s house apparently without much trouble. Jay discreetly gives her a letter from her father as a reference. Soon, he appears in the house she lives in and they sing this song, having indirect indications of his intentions to take her back to India, with her mother.
Song – Samjho zara kehti hai kya
S H Bihari has penned the lyrics and Shankar-Jaikishan has composed the tune of the song Samjho zara kehti hai kya.
The man indirectly informs the girl that he is on a mission to bring her and her mother safely back home.
Video – Samjho zara kehti hai kya
Director of photography is K H Kapadia. Dance choreography is by B Hiralal-Satyanarayan-Surya Kumar-P L Raj.
The video begins with Rajendra Kumar and Waheeda Rahman beginning to perform this song. Shammi, who plays a female Chinese soldier, is knitting something and another female actor is with her watching the performance. Rajendra Kumar chases Waheeda Rahman around the garden and then she warns him about obstacles in his path. He also tells her that he knows that he is under surveillance. The song rises to a crescendo and the video ends as they stop abruptly looking at something behind the camera.
Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle sang this song for Rajendra Kumar and Waheeda Rahman. Shammi and others look on.
There is no cultural influence on the song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for Waheeda Rahman’s grace.