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Sindbad Alibaba and Aladdin

1965, regia di Prem Narayan Arora


Scheda: Nazione: India - Produzione: Tsuburaya Productions - Musiche: Ravi Shankar Sharma (Ravi) - Effetti speciali: Seishirô Ishii, Keiji Kawakami - Formato: Color, linguaggio Hindi.

Cast: Agha,  Master Bhagwan, Helen, Sayeeda Khan, Pradeep Kumar, Minoo Mumtaz.


Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - «Sindbad, Alibaba and Aladin join forces to do battle with an evil ruler. This marks my first review of a full-fledged Bollywood movie, though I've seen a couple prior to this. Please take the above plot description with a grain of salt; my copy is in unsubtitled Hindi, and I found the actual plot line rather difficult to follow. Basically, it seems our three heroes go on adventures to get magical items to help them defeat the evil ruler; a magic sword, lamp and carpet are all used. Based on the general tone of the movie, I'm guessing it's a comedy; in fact, I found it frantic and shrill on quite a number of occasions. Of course, it's also a musical, and from the few movies I've seen, I've come to the conclusion that it's the musical numbers that add the real flavor to the Bollywood movie-watching experience; they seem both familiar and alien, with dance moves that seem to be unique to the culture. There's a lot of talk, an underwater sequence (including giant squids and clams), a reenactment of Aladin's discovery of the lamp, and a battle with a dragon that looks like an extremely cheap version of Godzilla; in fact, if my eyes aren't deceiving me, I'm pretty sure I saw Toho special effects wizard Eija Tsuburaya listed in the credits. I don't know when I'll be venturing into this territory of filmdom again, but I hope to eventually have more of a feel for Bollywood movies».


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