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Shalimar (1978)

Sir John Locksley, the greatest jewel thief, decides his most prized possession, the Shalimar Ruby, should be passed on to a worthy successor. He invites the best rival jewel thieves to his island estate to participate in a deadly contest.


Krishna Shah


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




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 ... 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 ... Tribal Dancer (as Jaya Malini)


On the run from the police, S.S. Kumar (Dharmendra), a thief, comes across a private invitation to the island of Sir John Locksley (Sir Rex Harrison) addressed to Raja Bahadur Singh (Prem Nath). 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 (O.P. Ralhan), Dr. Bukhari (Shammi Kapoor), Colonel Columbus (John Saxon), and Countess Rasmussen (Sylvia Miles). 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 (Zeenat Aman), 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... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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

Did You Know?


Shammi Kapoor was impressed by the organisation of the Hollywood unit. He wished the Bombay film industry could also have that. He threw a big going away party for Rex Harrison. Shammi also mentioned that Rex had a very bad experience with the Indian customs. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although not filmed in 3-D, Razor has released a video version using a simulated 3-D process. See more »


Referenced in Shootout at Wadala (2013) See more »


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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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31 December 1978 (India) See more »

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Raiders of the Sacred Stone See more »

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70 mm 6-Track


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