Nasihat (1967)

Nasihat (Guidance)

Deedar Movies (1967)

Director: Om Patwar

Producers: Parduman, Saudagar Singh

Music: O.P. Nayyar

Action: Shetty

Cast: Dara Singh, Rajashree (South), Randhawa, Savita, Helen, Madhumati, Madan Puri, Tiwari, D.K. Sapru, Rajan Haksar, Baby Farida, Leela Mishra, Sunder, Mahmood, Leno, Mohan Choti, Sky Hi Lee, Klondike Bill, Kundan, Saudagar Singh, Hardi,t Rirkoo, Rajen Kapoor, Sharifa, Meena T. Shanti, Sheela R., Keshav Rana, Jerry, Engineer, Bhagwan Sinha.

Plot: A group of smugglers, known as The Golden Gang, are led by a mysterious, murder-happy boss out of an underground lair located beneath the Hotel Mogambo.

An undercover police officer (Randhawa) keeps tabs on Mohan (Dara Singh), one of the boss’ main goons. When Mohan is injured in a confrontation with the police, look-a-like CBI Inspector Naresh (also played by Dara Singh) takes Mohan’s place and infiltrates the gang.

For a more detailed look at this film, check our Greta Kaemmer’s write up at her website Memssabstory.

Jungle Love (2007)

Jungle Love

Mayura Films (2007)

Director: Suresh Jain

Cast: Rocky, Ashika, Gulshan, Manoj Kumar, Aadil Khan, Vinod Pandey, Rashmi, Kajal, Rizwan, Shabnam, Ujwala, Gopal Dey, Anand, Chandu, Jr. Sunny, Prakash, Akhtar Khan, Chinu, Jamil Niyaz, Sunny, Amit Singh.

Plot: Big game hunter Thakur Vikram Singh runs afoul OF tribals who refuse him entry to their forest. When Singh shoots one of the villagers, he receives a fatal injury by Lakia, the jungle leader.

The Thakur’s brother, Jabbar Singh, seeks revenge on the jungle people by murdering Lakia. Then Jabbar and his brothers threaten the tribals into clearing their land of trees, but Lakia’s son, Taru (Rocky), and Taru’s mate, Rupa (Ashika) secretly work to foil their plans and kill the brother’s one by one.

Rocky in JUNGLE LOVE

FLYING PRINCE (1946)

Flying Prince

Basant Pictures (1946)

Director/Producer: Homi Wadia

Music: Aziz Khan

Cast: John Cawas, Fearless Nadia, Sona Chatterjee, Master Mohammad, Sayani Atish, Dalpat, Azim, Boman Shroff, Rajput.

Plot: Dr. Sharma (Sayani Atish) creates a serum that can control any human’s will. He first tests it on dancer, Veena (Sita Devi), with great success.

One night Veena, as instructed, gives the serum to the local villagers who then began to sign over all of their property to Sharma and his co-conspirators (Dalpat and Azim).

Two villagers, who avoided taking the serum, report the incident to the King (Master Mohammad) who in turn instructs his son Vijay (John Cawas) to investigate. Vijay takes on the persona of a masked pilot known as The Flying Price and battles Sharma and his associates and saves the villagers from losing their land.

Special thanks to Ummer Siddique who kindly translated the plot description from the film booklet.

Scene from FLYING PRINCE

Hurricane Special (1939)

Hurricane Special

Sunder Pictures (1939)

Director: Chunilal Parekh

Music: Master Mohammad

Cast: Vatsala Kumthekar, Master Vithal, Vasant Pahelwan, Urmila, Gulshan, Amoo, Misra, Master Amritlal, Master Mohammad, T. Ram, Dewan, Master Chandrakumar, S. Gulab, Ratilal, Jethalal Soni, M.K. Hasan.

Plot: After her father’s tragic demise, Ramkuver (Vatsala Kumthekar) takes a vow to do away with tyranny in Laxminagar. To do this, she takes on the persona of Hurricane Special, a mysterious and dangerous masked heroine. She also teams up with a bandit named Kalu Singh (Vasant Pahelwan) whom she had saved from the devious army general, Karan Singh (Misra).

To put the kingdom under his own control, Chief Minister Hari Singh (S. Gulab) plots to get his daughter Rajni (Urmila) married off to the foolish prince, Laheri Kumar (Master Amritlal); but instead, King Harbham Singh (Jethalal Soni) orders Hari Singh to make preparations for the coronation.

The personal aide to the prince, Natvar Kumar (Master Vithal), is sent to travel by train to get the coronation orders and the coronation crown from the authorities. On his return trip, Natvar Kumar is stunned to see Hurricane Special leap aboard the fast moving train, rob him of the coronation items and then just as swiftly vault back off.

Meanwhile, Gen. Karan Singh has attempted to win Rajni for himself while also trying to entrap Hurricane Special, both of which prove fruitless. He then introduces another mysterious figure into the plot, a man who also calls himself Hurricane Special!

The day has finally come for Hari Singh to announce the engagement of Rajni to the Prince, but Kalu Singh intervenes and abducts the girl. Karan Singh gives chase and ends up becoming a prisoner along with Rajni. However, both are then saved by Natvar Kumar.

Natvar Kumar meets Ramkuvar, not knowing of her alter ego, and the two fall in love. When she goes into disguise to save Kalu Singh from a death sentence and then once again imprisons Karan Singh, Natvar Kumar arrives to save the general for a second time.

One day, Karan Singh finds Natvar Kumar and Ramkuvar, whom Karan Singh knows to be the real Hurricane Special, in an embrace, and he has them both arrested. Trying to convince him that he has jailed the kingdom’s true enemies, he then demands that the king make him the heir to the throne and force Rajni to marry him. When he is rebuffed, Karan Singh kills Rajni’s father, Hari Singh, and imprisons the king, the prince and Rajni.

Having removed all obstacles to his taking over Laxminagar, it is now up to Hurricane Special, Kalu Singh, and their compatriots to double their efforts to save the kingdom!

Hunterwali (1935)

Hunterwali

Wadia Brothers (1935)

Director: Homi Wadia

Producer: J.B.H. Wadia

Music: Master Mohammad

Cast: Fearless Nadia, Sharifa, Boman Shroff, John Cawas, Gulshan, Master Mohammad, Sayani Atish, Minoo the Mystic, Master Jaidev, Munchi Thoothi, Bashir, Horse Punjab.

Plot: Victimized by Ranmal (Sayani Aiths), the treacherous prime minister, Krishnavati (Sharifa) and her brother, Satyesh, come to the palace to plead her cause. Ranmal and Satyesh get into a deadly duel, with Ranmal coming out the victor. Disgraced, Krishnavati and her child are thrown out of the kingdom.

Twenty years later and the royal car sideswipes a young man named Jaswant (Boman Shroff), the now grown son of Krishnavati. Taken to the palace, Jaswant is given aid and a piece of gold by King Ram Singh (Master Mohammad). Jaswant, feeling insulted, throws the gift away as he is not a beggar, and with this one action he wins the admiration of the noble princess, Madhuri (Fearless Nadia).

Ranmal, having failed to secure the hand of Madhuri, and thus keeping him from becoming the lord of the land, creates a scheme to lure the king into his secret den. His plan is almost foiled by Ishar Singh (John Cawas), a valiant servant, who battles Ranmal in a hair-raising fight only to fall to the ground gravely wounded.

With the king having disappeared, Ranmal takes over as ruler, and begins a reign of terror in which his lieutenant Banwari (Mistoo the Mystic) harasses the citizens.

As Princess Madhuri is lamenting her misfortune, Ishar Singh comes and tells her of her father’s plight. It is at this moment that the princess discards her life of luxury and takes on the identity of the masked, whip cracking avenger, Hunterwali, protector of the poor and punisher of evil-doers!

One day, Chunoo (Master Jaidev) and Munoo (Munchi Thoothi), two bumbling friends of Hunterwali, come across Jaswant who is on his way to the market to sell his horse Punjab in order to raise money for his invalid mother. Chunno and Munoo trick Jaswant and take his horse, gifting it to Hunterwali. Jaswant is greatly angered by this and, reading a notice that a large reward is being offered, seeks to hunt down and capture Hunterwali.

Meanwhile, Ranmal has been tormenting the imprisoned king and enjoying himself with the company of the beautiful Meenakshi (Gulshan), who he has been making false promises to.

One day while roaming the forest, Jaswant comes across a lovely lass bathing in a lake. Not realizing the young woman is Madhuri (alias Hunterwali), he explains to her of his plans to capture the fugitive. She then tells Jaswant where he can find Hunterwali and when he arrives at the appointed place, he is surrounded by a group of assailants. Jaswant rises to the occasion, however, and battles them all single-handed.

It is then that Hunterwali happily finds that she has not misjudged the prowess of the man she loves, and jumps into the fight herself. Jaswant at first refuses to battle a woman, but then finds he has no choice and discovers that Hunterwali is a master at the art of swordsmanship. But in one swift move Jaswant jumps upon horse Punjab, grabs Hunterwali by the waist, and rides off to present her before Ranmal so that he may claim the reward.

Will Ranmal discover the real identity of this female foe?

Will Jaswant realize that Hunterwali is a friend to the poor and not a criminal?

Will Ishar Singh be able to rescue the king?

And what of the true love that had sprung up between the princess and the peasant?

Fearless Nadia as HUNTERWALI

Bhudo Advani

Character actor Bhudo Advani was born Doulatram Advani in 1905. He began as a stage actor specializing in female roles during a time when it was not considered proper for Indian women to do so. In films he became known especially for comedic parts and his screen career began at Ajanta Cinetone in two of their 1933 productions, the stunt picture Afzal and the fantasy film Maya Jaal. (aka: Satan Weeps), both starring Nissar.

A few years later he was under contract to Sagar Movietone where he became a favorite of film maker Mehboob Khan and appeared in, among others, the studio’s 1938 thriller Dynamite. The heyday of his career was the 30s and 40s and he worked sporadically in the following decades including in the science fiction flick Dr. Z (1960) and in the remake of one of his first films, Maya Jaal (1962).  His last was Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi in 1977.

Bhudo Advani passed away in 1985 (although some sources list his death date as 1986).

King Kong

Dara Sing and King Kong in AAYA TOOFAN (1964)

Hungarian born Emile Czaja (born July 15, 1909), better known in the ring and on the big screen as King Kong, was active in the sport of wrestling beginning in the late 1920s. His professional career began in India in 1937 and he became very popular in Asia spending a great deal of time in Singapore and Japan. At the height of his career he had bouts with popular international stars such as Tiger Joginder Singh, Hamida, Aslam Pehalwan, Tor Johnson, Dara Singh, and Harold Sakata, and he played himself in the Tamil language film PONNI in 1953.

King Kong in the 1964 fantasy film KHUFIA MAHAL

When wrestler Dara Singh became a sensation in films in the early 1960s, Kong was frequently cast alongside his former opponent in action fare like KING KONG (1962), FAULAD (1963), KING OF CARNIVAL (1963), AAYA TOOFAN (1964), SAMSON (1964), HERCULES (1964), SANGRAM (1965), and HUM SAB USTAD HAIN (1965). Other films featuring King Kong included HONG KONG (1962), PATAL NAGRI (1963), KHUFIA MAHAL (1964), TARZAN AND KING KONG (1965), and MURJIM KAUN? (1968).

King Kong continued wrestling up until his death on May 16, 1970 from injuries sustained in a car accident four days earlier while driving back to Singapore from a match in Penang, Malaysia. He was 61.