Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rex Harrison & Dharmendra in Raders of the Sacred Stone (1978)

Obscurity factor: 8

This 1970's Bollywood film is all about adventure. S. S. Kumar (Dharmendra) is a petty thief who cons his way into the estate of Sir John Locksley (Rex Harrison) who is hosting a house party. Little does Kumar know that the guests are all master criminals and Sir John, who is dying, is picking a successor to the title of greatest criminal mind by tempting them to steal the fabulous Shalimar diamond from him.
This film has a very James Bond quality, with our hero moving heaven and earth to succeed at his game, and of course there's a girl at stake as well. Look for American actors John Saxon and Sylvia Miles as rival jewel thieves. It's a fun watch, and worth a look.
This film is available on DVD and can be seen on YouTube, however the upload has no subtitles. The first installment is posted above and begins with a fun dance number that you don't need to speak Hindi to understand. The soundtrack was released and is still known in the Indian music scene.

Obscurity factor: 8 (known in its native India, relatively unknown in the states, on DVD)

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