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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... See full summary »

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Krishna Shah

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Kader Khan (Hindi dialogue) (as Kadar Khan), Momin Khan | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dharmendra ... S.S. Kumar
Zeenat Aman ... Sheila Enders
Rex Harrison ... Sir John Locksley
Sylvia Miles ... Countess Rasmussen
John Saxon ... Col. Columbus
O.P. Ralhan O.P. Ralhan ... K.P.W. Iyengar (Romeo)
Shammi Kapoor ... Dr. Bukhari
Prem Nath ... Raja Bahadur Singh
Shreeram Lagoo ... Tolaram (as Dr. Shriram Lagoo)
Aruna Irani ... Dance Teacher
Clyde Chai-Fa Clyde Chai-Fa ... Dogro
M.B. Shetty ... Tribal Chief
Phunsok Ladhakhi Phunsok Ladhakhi ... (as Phansok Ladakhi)
Anita Anita ... Tribal Dancer
Jayamalini Jayamalini ... Tribal Dancer (as Jaya Malini)
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

India | USA

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

31 December 1978 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Raiders of the Sacred Stone See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Judson Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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70 mm 6-Track

Color:

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Trivia

In 1991, an Italian film, L' Avvoltoio può attendere (Gian Peitro Calasso) was released, It was based on Shalimar .Starring Donald Pleasance as Kahlenberg, the main protagonist of the story. Other actors included Valeria D'Obici, Massimo Serato and Sasha C. Darko. See more »

Alternate Versions

The English language (American version) was released as Raiders of the Sacred Stone on DVD. This 90 minute version cuts scenes. Cuts from the film include a longer introduction, more character back-story, and song numbers. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shootout at Wadala (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Hum Bewafa
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Performed by Kishore Kumar
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Oddly appealing
8 June 1999 | by ravn-3See all my reviews

Let's not beat around the bush: this is a bad film.

The storyline is frankly weird, the pacing is choppy, the cinematographic style is erratic, and the film generally bears all the hallmarks of the Asian film genre - that is, it was obviously produced for an uncritical audience.

All the same, there is something oddly appealing about it. The sheer awfulness of the acting and the script fade into the background as one is dragged, almost against one's will, into the film's Dungeons-and-Dragons-like storyline.

Camp, curious, captivating. I can't help but like it, in spite of myself.


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