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Zalzala (1988)

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Treasure hidden in an abandoned Shiva temple attracts both good and evil characters to it, but can they retrieve the priceless gold and jewels before the earthquake (Zalzala) hits?

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Inspector Shiv Kumar
Karan Kapoor
Shatrughan Sinha ...
'Benaam' Shankar (Radha's brother)
Rajiv Kapoor ...
Bholey
Kimi Katkar ...
Reshma
Lalita Pawar ...
Sheela's mom
Vijayata Pandit ...
Paro (as Vijeta Pandit)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rati Agnihotri ...
Radha Shiv Kumar
Master Bhagwan
Sudhir Dalvi ...
Poojari
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Sona Singh
Dan Dhanoa ...
Moti Singh
C.S. Dubey ...
Mukhiya
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Heera Singh
Puneet Issar ...
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Shera lives in rural India and has come to know about a temple made of pure gold centuries ago, and would like to question the only man alive who knows the location of this temple, none other than an aged Poojari. But this Poojari refuses to give any information, and even burns the only map in existence. Shera keeps him prisoner, and tortures him. What Shera does not know that the Poojari has already passed on the information to former Police Inspector Shiv Kumar who is on his way to secure it as well as avenge the murder of his wife, Radha; also heading for the temple are a bounty hunter who calls himself "Benaam" and Shankar; a runaway bride, Paro, and her lover, Bholey; "Three bandit brothers, Sona Singh, Moti, and Heera are also on their way to this temple, and they will do away with anyone who dares to stand in their way. All of them know that no one may survive in their quest for the gold as legend has it whenever anyone comes to loot the temple - will perish in a massive ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A nice n entertaining Curry Western!
20 September 2011 | by (canada) – See all my reviews

Dacoit movies had been made in India long before Sholay(1975) but that classic started a whole new genre in Hindi movies which many fans as myself call the "Curry Western"! As you might know Spaghetti Westerns were westerns made by Italians like Sergio Leone,Sergio Corbucci and more in Europe.They retained the essentials of the American genre the Westerns and reinvigorated them in their own style and own values.And man they made some great movies including my all time favourite movie "The Good,The Bad And The Ugly".Sholay's director Ramesh Sippy and writers Salim-Javed spun a bunch of great American Westerns and Spaghetti Westerns into a bollywood masala tale and the rest is history.After that many film makers tried to emulate Sholay's success and style.Some were good,some were not.Zalzala is a good one.

It's a fast paced 80's remake of Macckenna's Gold with a few nice touches borrowed from For a few dollars more,My name is Nobody and They call me Trinity.Revenge,greed and pure luck leads a ragtag group of dacoits,bounty hunters and our heroes into the search for a temple of Lord Shiva full of gold.Who wins,who loses and who survives is a nice surprise even though you might be able to guess it.


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