Movie – Shatranj (1969)
The song Na socha na samjha 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 a 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 gives indirect indications of his intentions to take her back to India, with her mother.
Jay’s assistant Aamir (Mahmood) has a knack of disguising as Jay’s duplicate, by wearing a mask. But, for a mask to work for this purpose, the skull of both the parties has to be similar in structure. Mahmood wearing a mask and appearing like Rajendra Kumar looks illogical, because their skulls don’t match, neither do their body language. Anyways, Jay sends a message to Aamir through a colleague Salma alias Badkamma (Helen) to give the impression that Jay has left India just then in his private helicopter. Aamir does as he is told, alleviating the suspicion on Jay.
Soon, Jay is ready to rescue the prisoners. But, before that, Meena has a dance performance in the offing – Na socha na samjha.
Song – Na socha na samjha
Hasrat Jaipuri has penned the lyrics and Shankar-Jaikishan has composed the tune of the song Na socha na samjha.
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Video – Na socha na samjha
Director of photography is K H Kapadia. Dance choreography is by B Hiralal-Satyanarayan-Surya Kumar-P L Raj.
The video begins with some female dancers dancing with decorative umbrellas. Waheeda Rahman enters the stage and perceives Rajendra Kumar in the audience and blushes. He is amused. She covers her face with her chunri and begins to sing and dance.
The girls use another prop – a basket each with 2 strings. Because the strings are highly flexible, they find it difficult to move the basket in tune with the dance. The difficulty is obvious. But, they manage it somehow. However, the difficulty does not hamper their dance in any way.
Agha and Madan Puri come into the theater to search for Rajendra Kumar. Waheeda Rahman turns to look at Rajendra Kumar. But, his seat is empty. She is disappointed but continues to dance. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends with a standing ovation of the audience.
Asha Bhonsle sang Na socha na samjha for Waheeda Rahman. Rajendra Kumar and others look on.
The song and dance have a strong traditional North Indian Folk influence on it. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for Waheeda Rahman’s grace.