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King Kong (1962)

When the Maharaja is ousted by an intruder, his wife and two sons, Badal and Jingu, flee. Badal gets separated while Jingu and his mother survive in near destitute conditions. Years later, ... See full summary »

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Badal (as Chandra Shekhar)
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Sheila Kashmiri ...
Chhabili - Rajkumari's maid
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Jingu's mom
Parsuram
Uma Dutt
Pal Sharma ...
Senapati
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When the Maharaja is ousted by an intruder, his wife and two sons, Badal and Jingu, flee. Badal gets separated while Jingu and his mother survive in near destitute conditions. Years later, Jingu has grown up to be a strong, muscled man, and sets out to seek Badal. Instead he encounters the region's wrestler, King Kong, over-powers him, and is crowned the new 'King Kong'. The Maharaja wants to honor him, but Jingu's mother distrusts this move and cautions her son. Jingu accordingly rejects the Maharaja's offer much to his chagrin, and he plots with his conniving Senapati to kill Jingu at any and all costs. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A star is born!
24 September 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

For my first brave attempt at watching an un-subtitled Bollywood movie I naturally chose the starring debut of India's wrestling king of peplum, Dara Singh.

This actually proved to be a wise choice because for a lot of the picture there is no dialogue anyway, just lots of wrestling and other feats of strength (rubber crocodile wrestling, pillar pulling, man tossing, etc.), which is just fine.

The plot, which I mostly gathered from reading a few scant reviews on the internet then attempting to reconcile it with what was on screen, involves Jingu (Singh), who rescues a princess by fighting off some (hilarious) dinosaurs, and as reward is named 'King Kong' by her father, ruler of some Arabian Nights-type kingdom.

This naturally angers the huge man-mountain man who had formally been known as 'King Kong' (played by a Hungarian man-mountain wrestler called 'King Kong'!), so they wrestle it out-twice.

Jingu/Kong seems to have some dilemmas about which girl to marry, but actually obviously prefers living at home with his mother, and both mother and son are naturally overjoyed to discover that one of his somewhat chubbier rivals is actually his long-lost brother!

I think that was about it plot-wise, but it still managed to keep me entertained throughout its 2-hour plus length of non-stop action.

Singh, who has a body to rival any of the body builders working in Italian films at the time, wears white fur boots and fur-trimmed leopard-skin hot pants, and has a bubble perm wig, so he naturally became an overnight movie star and the world became a better place.

The majority of the film is in black and white, but for a few random musical numbers and the all-action finale the screen explodes into glorious colour, a bit faded in the Indian VCD copy I saw but fabulous nonetheless.

This film is a riot from start to finish and I thoroughly recommend it with or without an understanding of Hindi, and, in case you were wondering, it bears absolutely no relation to any other film bearing the same name.


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