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Char Dervesh (1964)

Khamer Bhakt is a handsome young man, who lives with only motive in mind - trouble. And he does negatively effect lives of his two brothers, Karim and Rahim, as well as others in the ... See full summary »

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Qamar Bhakt
Sayeeda Khan ...
Princess Nargis Banu
Mukri ...
Masha Allah
Kumari Naaz ...
Princess Hamida
Jeevan Kala ...
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Ratnamala ...
Marjina
Sunder ...
Karim Bhakt
B.M. Vyas ...
Sorcerer Maakaar
Amarnath ...
Yusuf Beg
W.M. Khan ...
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Pal Sharma
Sardar Mansur
Nazir Kashmiri
Dalpat
Mustafa
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Khamer Bhakt is a handsome young man, who lives with only motive in mind - trouble. And he does negatively effect lives of his two brothers, Karim and Rahim, as well as others in the community. One day he ventures into the private chambers of the Shehzadi Nargis Banu, and incurs the wrath of the palace king and his guards. But Nargis has him forgiven, for both have fallen in love with each other. She announces in the palace that she will marry a man, who will bring back her missing sister, Hamida, and Khamer accepts the challenge. He goes through an evil magician, and does rescue Hamida, but ends up making a promise to Marjina, a shape-changing snake, that he will only love and marry Hamida, and fulfill her every wish, or else he will be cursed for life. The palace and it's people are overjoyed to see Hamida back, and arrangements are made for Nargis to get married to Khamer. Khamer now realizes that if he marries Nargis, he will be cursed; and if he marries Hamida, then he will break... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Colourful, camp and disjointed
4 October 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Pretty boy Feroz Khan, it has to be said, here treats us to some of the least convincing athletic displays, swashbuckling and chase sequences I've ever seen, all the time wearing the requisite pink satin pants favoured by "butch" male leads in Bollywood historical pics.

He plays an impetuous youth called Qamar, who falls in love with a princess (Sayeeda Khan), but is exiled to the Black Island for sneaking into her palace boudoir.

En route his nasty brothers toss him overboard, along with the obligatory gay dwarf sidekick for company, and they wind up on a rock which promptly sinks.

It then gets all surreal when they come across an undersea kingdom where they worship a god who looks like Mr. Spock, and there's another princess being held captive by an evil sorcerer.

To free themselves they have to do battle with a golden two-headed giant, and enlist the help of an uncooperative giant "genie with a gentle physique" in a red skirt and ponytail, and a stone woman with laser beams for eyes.

This is all then promptly forgotten for the next hour when Qamar returns home to woo the first princess disguised as a prince called Norman – this bit drags on rather.

Then it's back to undersea kingdom where the stone woman turns out to be the mother of the two princesses and also a sorceress who transforms into a snake, sets the sorcerer on fire, and tricks Qamar into marrying the wrong princess. Then the biggest shock of all comes when the dwarf turns out not to be gay after all.

But wait, there's more… Qamar is cursed with black skin, but redeems himself and is restored, and given a gift of magic mud which he uses to raise an army to recapture the throne which has been usurped by someone who had previously been under the radar, finally rescuing his princess after a fight on a burning magic carpet.

This is certainly not without its charms. It's fast paced-excepting the middle bit, very colourful, very camp, quite bizarre, and contains a very original dance routine involving felines. Negatives are the disjointed structure and pretty abysmal special effects.


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