157 Min | Comedy – Romance | March 2005
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Starring: Abhay Deol, Ayesha Takia, Ayesha Jhulka
Socha Na Tha Review: Socha Na Tha (2005) is the debut movie of the director Imtiaz Ali and the hero Abhay Deol. This charming movie is just like a gust of fresh air where love is innocent, the lovers are having hearts of gold and even their family members are no stereotyped villains. Troubles are there, confusions are there, indecisiveness is there, misunderstandings and consequential quarrels are there but the most important thing is that everything is realistic and everybody is human. And to err is human, we all know. That’s the quality which makes this movie a winner. Socha Na Tha (not thought of) is the love story of a confused young boy Viren (Abhay Deol) and an orphan girl fostered by her uncles and aunts – Aditi (Ayesha Taakia). However this movie does not at all appear to be a copy of that old movie or any other movie. It has an originality of its own, courtesy the fresh style of treating the story idea.
Socha Na Tha, produced by Dharmendra, has a good production value and technically perfect. The music of Sandesh Shandilya is completely in sync with the mood of this romantic movie and all the tunes are melodious and lovely. However they do not possess the quality to remain in mind when the movie is over. The beautiful and touching lyrics of the songs (coming from the pens of Irshaad Kaamil and Subrat Sinha), if listened to with attention, are able to strike a chord in the listener’s heart. And that’s the message of Socha Na Tha. Director Imtiaz Ali has been fully successful in his mission of presenting a touching and lovable rom-com. Hilarious moments are there. Laughs are there. Tender feelings are there. Emotions are there. But there are no villains.
Abhay Deol has proved in his debut movie itself that he’s the horse for a long race. With his long hair and innocent raw face, he not only looks dashing but his performance is so impressive as if he was born before a camera. Ayesha Taakia, with her childish looks, is not far behind. Socha Na Tha has one more Ayesha – the veteran heroine, Ayesha Zulka as the Bhabhi of the hero and she has done exceedingly well in the meaty role assigned to her. The complete supporting cast has done justice to the respective roles but mainly the movie belongs to the lead pair which has lightened up the screen with its amazing chemistry. However true to its title, any viewer of Socha Na Tha had not thought of liking it so much. If not for some repetition of things in the later part of the movie and the absence of some memorable songs. It’s virtually a heart-conquerer. If your heart beats for someone special, you can watch it any number of times without getting bored.