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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

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 Roopesh Kumar ... Sethi
Helen ... Monica (Dancer)
Madhu Malhotra ... Madhu - Jay's Sister (as Madhu)
Jagdish Raj ... Nath
Keshav Rana Keshav Rana ... Rohit
Brahm Bhardwaj Brahm Bhardwaj ... White haired man
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Producer C.V.K.Sastry was in a legal dispute with Shakti Samanta over the film. It was later solved. See more »

Goofs

Jai and Mala are shown in an airport in Italy (Jai was using a telephone booth with Italian text), however when both come out, they are shown to be driving a car with vehicle registration from the Netherlands (denoted with NL), which shows that they were in the Netherlands. See more »

Quotes

Mala: In order to make someone your own, you don't need time.
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Connections

Referenced in Chashme Baddoor (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

O diwaanon dil sambhaalo
Sung by Asha Bhosle
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
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Timeless Adventure
9 March 2011 | by jerrelSee all my reviews

I can only admit what previous reviewers have cited: this movie is also my all time favorite Indian film!

The cocktail of the mind-blowing chemistry between Zeenat and Amitabh, some beautiful songs, especially the fun, the rich background music score, the smart one-liners and a bunch of the 70's great stars, is pure magic and a mix for a high repetitive value.

Zeenat is painting the screen with her presence and performance. She enlightens the story and is really a jewel to watch at, while Amitabh is acting pretty natural. Zeenat's performance as the exotic Arabic belly danseuse keeps the highest x-factor of all time. And the action scene with Jaggu as a butcher trying to hit Amitabh is awesome. I've seen this movie as a 12 years old kid in the Christmas holiday of 1979 and I was impressed by the scene where Zeenat is singing the song 'Do lafzon ki'. Currently, still I am when viewing this again. Modern film has all the special effects to impress. Instead, this one has soul!

I've been extremely exposed to Western influences and have seen many Western & Asian movies from my childhood till today. However, the magic of this movie is never surpassed by any other. The story is simple, nice fast paced with lots of fun. That's why it doesn't feel like a 2.5 hours sit. Very exciting! Shakti Samanta and R.D Burman delivered a real present to the Indian Cinema.

Although this movie is just 30 years old, the current DVD release is a restored old Esquire video print with green shades overall, accompanied by very poor sound quality. And also the English subtitle is very poor. It would be great if DVD releasers do justice to this movie and release the restored original widescreen masterreel of it with re-engineered dolby digital soundtrack.


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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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