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Ranjan Bose (screenplay)
Vrajendra Gaur (dialogue)
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Release Date:
15 March 1979 (India) See more »
Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) is an expert gambler, and has been so as long as he can remember, and has never lost a game... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Adventure of a Lifetime. See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Amitabh Bachchan ... Dual Role (Jay & Insp. Vijay)
Zeenat Aman ... Shabnam
Neetu Singh ... Mala
Prem Chopra ... Ramesh / Abbasi
Utpal Dutt ... Saxena
Madan Puri ... Ratan Das
Om Shivpuri ... Sen Verma
Iftekhar ... Deepchand
Sujit Kumar ... Marconi
Roopesh Kumar ... Sethi
Helen ... Monica (Dancer)
Madhu Malhotra ... Madhu - Jay's Sister (as Madhu)
Jagdish Raj ... Nath
Keshav Rana ... Rohit
Brahm Bhardwaj ... White haired man
Rajan Kapoor
Prem Sagar
Ranjit Sood
S.C. Pandey
R.A. Rehman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chandrashekhar ... K-2 plan demonstrator (uncredited)
Gulshan ... Captain Passenger Airplane (uncredited)
M.B. Shetty ... Martin (uncredited)
Sarla Yeolekar ... Lilly (uncredited)

Directed by
Shakti Samanta 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ranjan Bose  screenplay
Vrajendra Gaur  dialogue
C.J. Pavri  adaptation
Shakti Samanta  scenario
Vikramaditya  novel

Produced by
C.V.K. Sastry .... producer (as C.V.K. Shastry)
Judah Solomon .... associate producer
Original Music by
Rahul Dev Burman  (as R.D. Burman)
Cinematography by
Aloke Dasgupta 
Film Editing by
R.P. Bapat 
Pran Mehra 
Art Direction by
Shanti Dass  (as Shanti Das)
Costume Design by
Uma Chopra  (as Mrs. Uma Chopra)
Makeup Department
Cecil Ann Corfu .... hair stylist: Zeenat Aman
Krishna Rao Mirajkar .... makeup artist: Zeenat Aman (as Krishan Dada)
Flory Pattrick .... hair stylist: Zeenat Aman (as Flory)
Radheshyam .... makeup artist
Rashid .... makeup artist: Neetu Singh
Deepak Sawant .... makeup artist: Amitabh Bachchan
S.J. Shastry .... makeup artist
Shirley .... hair stylist: Neetu Singh
Production Management
Ignazio Luceri .... production manager: Europe (as Sig. Ignazio Luceri)
Baba Naik .... production manager: Goa
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kapil Dev .... chief assistant director
Jyoti Prakash Roy .... assistant director (as Jyoti Roy)
Prabhat Roy .... assistant director
Art Department
Y.L. Bagchi .... assistant settings (as Bagchi)
Karthik Chakrabory .... assistant settings (as Kartick Chakravarty)
Dilip Singh .... assistant settings
Sound Department
B.K. Chaturvedi .... audiographer
H.P. Das .... assistant sound (as P. Das)
Mangesh Desai .... sound re-recordist
Tahir Khambatti .... assistant sound
S.B. Mane .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Harrish Bhakhri .... main titles (as Harish Bhakri)
S.G. Naiksatam .... animation
M.R. Paruleka .... animation
Roy Alon .... stunt director: thrills (as Roy Allon)
Dickey Beer .... stunt director: thrills (as Dicky Beer)
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunt director: thrills (as Jalili)
M.B. Shetty .... stunt coordinator: fights (as Shetty)
Camera and Electrical Department
Vinod Gulati .... assistant camera
Robin Kar .... assistant camera
P. Kishore .... assistant camera
Roshanlal Sharma .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leena Daru .... wardrobe: Neetu Singh
S.V. Kulkarni .... assistant dress
Mani J. Rabadi .... wardrobe: Zeenat Aman (as Mani Rabadi)
V. Scharwachter .... wardrobe: Zeenat Aman (as Mrs. V. Scharwachter)
Shantaram .... wardrobe
Rajee Singh .... wardrobe: Neetu Singh
Editorial Department
A.Y. Gupte .... color consultant
M.A. Navelkar .... assistant editor
Ganpat Vernekar .... assistant editor
Music Department
Asha Bhosle .... playback singer (as Asha Bhonsle)
Basu Deo Chakravarty .... assistant musical director (as Basu)
Kaushik .... song recordist
Kishore Kumar .... playback singer
Sharad Kumar .... playback singer
Annette Pinto .... playback singer
Mohammad Rafi .... playback singer (as Mohd. Rafi)
Manohari Singh .... assistant musical director (as Manohari)
Other crew
Bahadur .... production assistant
Robin Gupta .... publicist
Jamal .... production assistant
Surya Kumar .... choreographer
Ravichand Nallappa .... office in charge
S.C. Pandey .... production executive
P.L. Raj .... choreographer
S.Y. Rege .... production assistant
Bunny Reuben .... director of publicity
Hasubhai J. Shah .... business controller
Nandu Thakur .... publicity designer
Vasant .... production assistant
D.H. Vengurlekar .... production secretary
Nandlal B. Raheja .... dedicatee: a great friend, philosopher, guide (as Late Shri Nandlal B. Raheja)

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KC and The Sunshine Band hit song" Do a little dance, Make a little love" was used in the film. During the night club scene with Amitabh , Zeenat, Prem Chopra and Sujit Kumar.See more »
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Adventure of a Lifetime., 18 July 2009
Author: kirknowin from United Kingdom

This is my most favourite Bollywood film of all time. This may not be on many peoples top list or an obvious Amitabh Bachchan classic but I absolutely love it. There are many reasons why it's my favourite. It is a great adventure story which you don't really get nowadays. It has two of my all time favourite stars Amitabh Bachchan and the gorgeous Zeenat Aman. It has everything from comedy, action to drama. The music is superb. Especially the song 'Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahani' which takes you to a different place. So many great scenes such as when Amitabh finds out that Zeenat is a bit of a villain. The scenery when they go to exotic locations is another favourite scene of mine. I would love to see a sequel with both Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman.

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