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Shatranj ki chaal hamaari

Posted on: July 12, 2015


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

My list of ‘songs that create nostalgia and brings back memories’ include many songs sung by Rafi Saab, viz. ‘jhoomta saawan dekho aaya’, ‘shikaar karne ko aaye shikaar hoke chale’ etc.

The song under discussion today is one of those songs. When this film was released I was one year old, so I think that I must have watched this film when I must be of 5 or 6 years old.

The other song from this film ‘Shatranj’ which I like then and which continues in my memory is – ‘jungle mein mor nachaa kisne dekha’ (have shared this also and is to be posted)

Rajendra Kumar had a great fan following in our family. My Grand Mother was a great fan of Rajendra Kumar, My Uncles, Aunts; all are great fans of Rajendra Kumar. And they used to watch his films again and again or whenever they hit the theatres, and at Akola (the CP & Berar circuit) watching old movies used to be really a very enjoyable experience as these movies mostly ran to packed houses there. Movie watchers there would whistle in appreciation during playing of the songs and also when crucial scenes of the movies would be in progress.

The oldest memory of Rajendra Kumar movie for me is the film Gharana (1961) (which I must have watched with my Uncle). I always associate this movie with two of its songs, namely ‘jai Raghunandan jai siya ram’ and ‘daadi amma daadi amma maan jaao’. And the other emotional – musical film of Rajendra Kumar that touched me was ‘Goonj Uthi Shehnaai’.

Then there is this incidence which one of my Uncles remembers and never fails to remind me whenever we get together- how I was slapped by him during the interval of the film Talaash (of Rajendra Kumar) as I was crying for ‘jambul’ (jamun).

I enjoy watching Rajendra Kumar’s films as they have family drama or socially relevant subjects and I think that Rajendra Kumar mainly played roles where he was either a ‘Doctor’ or ‘a Vakil’. And secondly his films, almost all of them, had very good music.

I have vague memories of the films from seventies which I remember I have watched with all family members during summer or diwali vacations E.g. Sunehra-Sansaar, Aahuti, Do jasoos etc.

And later on (when I had grown –up (statistically 🙂 ), I watched most of Rajendra Kumar’s films in theatres during 1985 to 1988 during my stay at Parli-Vaijnath (Marahtwada, ‘Nizam’ circuit). It was then that I actually came to know why he was so popular and why people called him the ‘jubilee Kumar’. The Rajendra Kumar films that I watched during that time included Mother India, Kanoon, Zindagi, Palki and many others. Five or Six years back I got the VCD of the movie ‘Aas ka Panchhi’ which I had not watched till then. I still continue to get the VCD of balance movies from the list of Rajendra Kumar films that I had not yet watched.

The song under discussion is a special song for me as this song takes me back in time to those days of ‘Gemini Productions’ movies( with their logo of the Gemini twins) starring Rajendra Kumar. Another song that has the same “time machine” like effect on me (especially during monsoon times 🙂 ) is the song “ye mausam bheega bheega hai” from Dharti.

The movie ‘Shatranj’ (1969) had a different storyline as it deals with the subject of spying. I do not fully remember the story now. The song under discussion is the title song of the movie. It is a background song and no one is seen lip syncing it on the screen.

Someone may wonder whether all the songs lip synced by Rajendra Kumar have been covered in the blog. Definitely not!! There are many songs lip synced by Rajendra Kumar on screen that are yet to be posted on the blog.

This tribute from me is for a person –an actor who has a very special place in my heart and in the hearts of other members of our family.

Shankar-Jaikishan have scored music for this film in their typical style. Two songs from this film have already been discussed earlier on our blog and here is the third one.

Only the audio of this song is available.


Song-Shatranj ki chaal hamaari (Shatranj)(1969) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

Shatranj ki chaal hamaari
Shatranj
Shatranj
Shatranj ki chaal hamaari

Shatranj ki chaal hamaari
Tu ranj naa karnaa pyaari
Tujhe jeet ke le jaayenge
Dekhegi duniyaa saari
Shatranj ki chaal hamaari
Tu ranj naa karnaa pyaari
Tujhe jeet ke le jaayenge
Dekhegi duniyaa saari

Koi adaa to apni
tere dil ko jeet legi
Pahuchenge paas tere
Soorat badal badal ke
koi adaa to apni
tere dil ko jeet legi
pahuchenge paas tere
Soorat badal badal ke
Shatranj ki chaal hamaari
tu ranj naa karnaa pyaari
tujhe jeet ke le jaayenge
dekhegi duniyaa saari

Chhota saa ik sipaahi
Kar jaaye wo tabaahi
Magroor baadshaahi
reh jaaye haath mal ke
Chhota saa ik sipaahi
kar jaaye wo tabaahi
Magroor baadshaahi
reh jaaye haath mal ke
Shatranj ki chaal hamaari
tu ranj naa karnaa pyaari
tujhe jeet ke le jaayenge
dekhegi duniyaa saari
Shatranj ki chaal hamaari
Tu ranj naa karnaa pyaari
Tujhe jeet ke le jaayenge
Dekhegi duniyaa saari

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Devnagari Script Lyrics
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शतरंज की चाल हमारी
शतरंज
शतरंज
शतरंज की चाल हमारी

शतरंज की चाल हमारी
तू रंज न करना प्यारी
तुझे जीत के ले जायेंगे
देखेगी दुनिया सारी
शतरंज की चाल हमारी
तू रंज न करना प्यारी
तुझे जीत के ले जायेंगे
देखेगी दुनिया सारी

कोई अदा तो अपनी
तेरे दिल कों जीत लेगी
पहुंचेंगे पास तेरे
सूरत बदल बदल के

कोई अदा तो अपनी
तेरे दिल कों जीत लेगी
पहुंचेंगे पास तेरे
सूरत बदल बदल के
शतरंज की चाल हमारी
तू रंज न करना प्यारी
तुझे जीत के ले जायेंगे
देखेगी दुनिया सारी

छोटा सा एक सिपाही
कर जाए वो तबाही
मगरूर बादशाही
रह जाए हाथ मल के
छोटा सा एक सिपाही
कर जाए वो तबाही
मगरूर बादशाही
रह जाए हाथ मल के
शतरंज की चाल हमारी
तू रंज न करना प्यारी
तुझे जीत के ले जायेंगे
देखेगी दुनिया सारी
शतरंज की चाल हमारी
तू रंज न करना प्यारी
तुझे जीत के ले जायेंगे
देखेगी दुनिया सारी

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8 Responses to "Shatranj ki chaal hamaari"

Very good write up, Avinash ji.

Ava ji – thanks for liking it !!

production house:Gemini/N.N.Sippy Production
Producer & Director:S.S.Vasan

starcast:Rajinder Kumar, Waheeda Rehman, Mehmood,Agha,
Madan Puri,ShashiKala,Manmohan Krishan,Shyam Kumar,
Kamal Kapoor,Rajen Haksar, Ram Mohan,T.Mukherjee,
Gopal Butani,Rattan Gaurang,Achla Sachdev,Shammi,Naina,
Madhumati,Helen,
lyricists:S.H.Bihari(written as H.S.Bihari)Hasrat Jaipuri,Kiran Kalyani,Indiwar

This full song was picturised in the movie as the title of film appears on screen, but could not find that video……………

Thanks for a very good write-up, Avinash ji.
I had watched this movie while in college.
Yes, Rajendra Kumar, in his hey days – and they continued for quite a long time – was a favourite of ladies of all ages. I have always wondered why? He was not exceptionally handsome. Nor was he a great actor. Yet his films were commercially very successful . The only explanation that occurs to me is that his whole persona exuded a kind of innocence and his innocuous personality and an image showing vulnerability appealed to his huge female fan followings. Thus, his charm for women translated into the big box office returns.
Avadh Lal

Thanks for the appreciation Sir !!
And thanks for sharing your thoughts about Sh.Rajendra Kumar.
Now I can relate these factors (as mentioned by you) regarding his popularity. Thanks !!

Thank you Prakash ji for the links !!!

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