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S.S. Kumar
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Sheila Enders
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Sir John Locksley
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Countess Rasmussen
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Col. Columbus
O.P. Ralhan ...
K.P.W. Iyengar (Romeo)
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Dr. Bukhari
Prem Nath ...
Raja Bahadur Singh
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Tolaram (as Dr. Shriram Lagoo)
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Dance Teacher
Clyde Chai-Fa ...
Dogro
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Tribal Chief
Phunsok Ladhakhi ...
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Anita ...
Tribal Dancer
Jayamalini ...
Tribal Dancer (as Jaya Malini)
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On the run from the police, S.S. Kumar, a thief, comes across a private invitation to the island of Sir John Locksley addressed to Raja Bahadur Singh. When the Raja is shot, Kumar takes him to a nearby hospital, dons a Sikh's turban, poses as the Raja's son and goes to the private island of John. Also attending are K.P.W. Iyengar, Dr. Bukhari, Colonel Columbus, and Countess Rasmussen. A stunned Kumar finds out that all of these invitees are master criminals and gangsters. Kumar's guise does not fool anyone, including his former sweetheart, Sheila Enders, nevertheless John permits him to stay on, as he feels that Kumar's career, though an amateur, is consistent with those already present. The reason why John has invited them is to find a successor to take his place as he is dying of cancer. He feels that one of his invitees can be trusted to take his place and for this he has arranged for them to steal a diamond (Shalimar) worth 135 crores of rupees. This gem is placed in a secure ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The Shalimar Title Music was sampled and remixed in the song "A Late Night Excursion" for the internationally released album Bollywood Grooves by Dabeatsmith and Benny Blaze. See more »

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Referenced in Shootout at Wadala (2013) See more »

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Hum Bewafa
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Performed by Kishore Kumar
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One of the best from 70s Bollywood
15 June 2005 | by (Istanbul) – See all my reviews

I am so awfully sure that for anyone caring for the art of cinema in its qualities of western standards or the overall universal technical values, this movie is an example of "A guide of what NOT to do for a respectable movie"... But its charm (as one commenter puts: "..It's a bad movie but I can't help liking it...") lies somewhere else.

I must say I was surprised to find out that it didn't do well in India when it hit the theaters but that flopping may happen to any "big budget" movie anywhere anytime.. I also agree that Dharmendra and especially Zeenat Aman could have been performing much better or the Holly-Bolly partnership could be taken to a more qualified level. But this movie is like a showcase of what could be done within limits of a status-quotic cheesy-commercial cinema and utilising what's at hand in high quality. Despite its flaws, each and every moment is fun and as with all "bad but great" movies, technical or artistic flaws actually add rather than deduct from the film's value! It's one of my faves from 70s Bollywood and from many points, it really has its great moments. Never approach with cinematic excellency of Western values; nor it is too much typically Bollywood'ish either. Somewhere between the lines and hauntingly captivating and fuuuuun!


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