The Great Gambler (1979)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 53 mins

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Filled with hilarious fun and dangerous action, this fast-paced thriller revolves around the fluctuating fortunes of two men often diametrically opposed characters, who just happen to look identically alike – Jai and Vijay. Jai is an ace gambler, who has never lost in his life. He is recruited by a cunning gangster, Nath to con the extremely wealthy by winning over their trust. As Jai becomes more successful, the police entrust police inspector Vijay with the task of apprehending Jai. Hilarious complications emerge because both men look identical and are constantly being mistaken for the other. The comedy of errors turns serious when Nath is revealed to have exposed top-secret military knowledge to criminals. With the blueprints of a laser weapon that can hit any targets within 50 miles in the wrong hands, it is up to the two lookalikes to save the country. Will they succeed?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh Kapoor, Zeenat Aman

Crew: Shakti Samanta (Director), Aloke Dasgupta (Director of Photography), Rahul Dev Burman (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Crime, Romance

Release Dates: 15 Mar 1979 (India)

Hindi Name: थे ग्रेट गैम्बलर

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as Dual Role (Jay & Insp. Vijay)
as Shabnam
as Rohit
as Ratan Das
as Madhu
as Sen Verma
as Ramesh / Abbasi
as Marconi
as Saxena




Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Art Director




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Referenced in: Chashme Baddoor (Hindi)
The film was shot at several international locations including Cairo, Lisbon, Venice, and Rome.

Producer Boney Kapoor played Amitabh Bachchan's stunt double in multiple scenes.

A fight sequence in a mutton shop between Amitabh Bachchan and Shetty was deleted during post-production because the censor board refused to give the film a 'U' certificate with that particular scene.

"Do a Little Dance, Make a Little Love" by KC and The Sunshine Band was used in the film during a night club scene.