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The Great Gambler (1979)

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After unwittingly using his skills to obtain military secrets, a gambler is pursued by a police officer who happens to be his doppelganger.

Director:

Shakti Samanta

Writers:

Ranjan Bose (screenplay), Vrajendra Gaur (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Dual Role (Jay & Insp. Vijay)
Zeenat Aman ... Shabnam
Neetu Singh ... Mala
Prem Chopra ... Ramesh / Abbasi
Utpal Dutt ... Saxena
Madan Puri ... Ratan Das
Om Shivpuri ... Sen Verma
Iftekhar ... Deepchand
Sujit Kumar ... Marconi
Roopesh Kumar ... Sethi
Helen ... Monica (Dancer)
Madhu Malhotra ... Madhu - Jay's Sister (as Madhu)
Jagdish Raj ... Nath
Keshav Rana ... Rafiq
Brahm Bhardwaj ... White haired man
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Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) is an expert gambler, and has been so as long as he can remember, and has never lost a game. These skills bring him to the attention of the underworld don Saxena (Utpal Dutt), who is interested in hiring him for winning large amounts of money from rich people and then influencing them into doing whatever he wants. Jai agrees to do so, and plays successfully, though unknowingly to entrap a patriotic Indian named Nath (Jagdish Raj) who works for the government. After losing large amounts of money, he is blackmailed into revealing the blueprints of a top-secret military laser weapon that hit any target within 50 miles. When the Indian police come to know of this, they assign the case to Inspector Vijay, who is asked to apprehend Jai at any cost. The only problem is that Inspector Vijay is Jai's look-alike, and is not at all a good gambler. After this Jai and Vijay's professional and personal lives get confusingly mixed up as Jai and Vijay both coincidentally are ... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Busta Rhymes sampled the song "Get Down Tonight" This is the same song Prem Chopra and Zeenat dance to in the disco club. See more »

Goofs

The car that Jai and Mala use has a registration based in the Netherlands (with the short-hand NL) although they are based in Venice/Italy. In this scene however, it is shown that they were in the Netherlands. See more »

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Sethi: You can keep on listening to the tape but we have to count the money before accepting it. Business it business.
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Featured in Scoundrel (2009) See more »

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raqqasa mera naam
Sung by Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
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Amitabh and Zeenat sizzle in a Bond styled film.
18 October 2020 | by nadkarnisumeetSee all my reviews

The Great Gambler review :

One of the rare underperforming films of Bachchan from his peak era, The Great Gambler is a high octane espionage thriller which has Amitabh in a double role - the titular character and his doppelganger secret agent who is out to retrieve a code book from hands of the villain brigade.

Conceived by Shakti Samanta in late 60s with Shammi Kapoor in mind, the director went on to make blockbusters with Rajesh Khanna in early 70s and finally, started his ambitious project with the reigning superstar Amitabh Bachchan in 1977. The film was a mega budget production for its time shot extensively across Europe. The song "Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil ki Kahaani" was shot on a Gondola in Venice's famous Grand Canal.

Of the cast, Amitabh Bachchan was expectedly brilliant in the double role and he played his Bond like character to the gallery. Total ceetis- worthy performance! Zeenat Aman looked sizzling hot as his female lead. Neetu Singh left an impression even in a small role. Prem Chopra was effective as ever in a villainous role. My personal favourite is of course, Sujit Kumar as the Italiano dude called Marconi who answers the phone with a "Aaloooo" instead of a normal Hello. This character later inspired Chunky Pandey's Aakhri Paasta in the Housefull film series.

Fight master Shetty appears in just one brilliant action scene shot in a mutton cold storage. Its the most thrilling fight of Amitabh Bachchan ever.

My review would be incomplete without the mention of Panchamda RD Burman's excellent music. He made optimum use of Asha Bhosle in the songs - "O Deewana Dil Sambhalo", "Raqqasa Mera Naam" and "Do Lafzon Ki Hai". Her voice suited the sexy Zeenat Aman perfectly.

Despite so many positive factors, The Great Gambler didnt do well at the box office on its initial release. Trade analysts cited two primary reasons for the films failure : One was its title which confused the aam junta that it was an English movie and second, was the A certificate granted by the censors (due to the aforementioned mutton store wala action scene) which limited its audience theatrically.

Amusingly, The Great Gambler was re-released in the 80s as Sabse Bada Juaari and the film became a super hit this time. It also started the trend of Amitabh's old films re-releasing with new titles just to pull in the initial audience.

I recommend The Great Gambler or Sabse Bada Juaari - whatever you wanna call it - to all Amitabh Bachchan fans. Its one of his most underrated works which has the superstar in his asli element. Dont miss!

Regards, Sumeet Nadkarni


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Italian

Release Date:

6 April 1979 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

O Grande Jogador See more »

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