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Prodigy (1991)

Ajooba (original title)
The evil Vizier of Baharistan kills the royal family and takes power himself but the real crown prince, who has survived his machinations, returns to his homeland to avenge his parents as a masked vigilante 'Ajooba'.


Yu. Avetikov (screenplay), Bharat B. Bhalla | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Ajooba / Ali
Dimple Kapadia ... Rukhsana Khan
Rishi Kapoor ... Hassan
Sonam ... Shehzadi Heena
Shammi Kapoor ... Sultan of Bahristan
Ariadna Shengelaia ... Malika (as Areadna Shengelaya)
Saeed Jaffrey ... Amir Khan (as Sayeed Jaffery)
Sushma Seth ... Zarina Khan
Amrish Puri ... Vazir-E-Alla
Dalip Tahil ... Shahrukh (Vazir's brother-in-law) (as Dalip Tahhil)
Georgi Darchiashvili Georgi Darchiashvili ... Prince Altaf (as Georgi Darchiashvisli)
Zurab Kapianidze Zurab Kapianidze
Abesalom Loria ... Kadus (as Abe Salam Loria)
Tinnu Anand ... Anwar Khan
Dara Singh ... Maharaja Karan Singh


This is a story of Ajooba, the masked legend, who was treated as the only protector of the people of Baharistan. Ajooba is none other than Ali, the real heir to the kingdom of Baharistan. Unfortunately for Ali, when he was just born, his father and mother were overthrown by the evil designs of the Vazir. Ali survived as destined and was brought up by a blacksmith who was unaware of Ali's real identity. In the guise of Ajooba, Ali takes up the very difficult task of finding his lost parents and then to re-instate them to the throne with great honour. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Truly a Great Classic
10 April 2006 | by wali_zaidiSee all my reviews

Ajooba is actually one of the only good Indian movies ever. My brother and I had watched this movie when we were very little and still enjoy its classic and very adventurous themes. The acting in Ajooba is like that of most 1990's Indian movie (maybe better). An up-side to this classic is that it stars many well known and good Indian actors such as Amitab Bachan. The one thing that attracted me to the movie was an outstanding setting in a desert; making it relate to the old "Arabian" tales such as Aladdin which are recognized world-wide for their adventure, love, and humor. The theme of a betrayed pure good fighting ruthless bad catches my eyes as one of the many beauties of Ajooba. Although it maybe lagging in FX (c'mon, 1991), it is a story, that if understood, catches the hearts and ears of its viewers.

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Release Date:

12 April 1991 (India) See more »

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Prodigy See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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