Best Bollywood Casino Movies Of All Time

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Bollywood films about gambling

Gambling is a hugely popular pastime in India and it is one which has generated plenty of interest in the Bollywood movie industry.

While the likes of The Gambler, The Cincinnati Kid, The Sting, and Casino Royale are well-known to western society, Bollywood has done its bit to create similarly themed movies.

The glitz and glamour of gambling at places like JackpotCity provide a perfect backdrop for Indian filmmakers and they have produced some of the best casino movies ever made.

Read on as we look at some of our favorite Bollywood casino films.

The Great Gambler (1970)The Great Gambler

This 1970s casino film bombed at the box office, but did well in Mumbai and has since gone on to be viewed as something of a cult classic.

Amitabh Bachchan plays Jai, an unbeaten gambling specialist who ends up working for a crooked casino boss.

He is paid to play against and defeat the casino’s high-rolling clients, before becoming mixed up in a complex plot that just about manages to stay believable.

Jai ends up teaming up with his long-lost twin brother to stop a top-secret military laser weapon falling into the wrong hands – a far cry from his expertise as a gambler.

Gambler (1971)

Gambler (1971)Released in 1971, Gambler is one of the best-known Bollywood gambling movies. It’s also one of the most important, as it was the penultimate film featuring the late Kishore Sahu.

Sahu played a Public Prosecutor in this Crime/Romance film and it was the last film he shot in the 1970s, 9 years before his untimely passing. Gambler was also the first Bollywood film featuring Zaheera, who got her big break a year earlier in the James Bond classic On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Gambler was directed by Dev Anand, who also assumed the lead role, playing alongside a master criminal and card-sharp (played by Jeevan). However, Amar Jeet was credited as the director in the film’s credits.

One of the songs featured in the film, Mera Man Tera Pyasa (sung by Mohammed Rafi) went on to feature in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, introducing this Bollywood casino movie to a new audience over 40 years after it was filmed.

Striker (2010)Striker

This 2010 movie holds a unique place in Indian film culture, as it was the first to be premiered on YouTube on the same day as it was released in cinemas.

Striker follows the story of Suryakant Sarang, a youngster who wins the Junior Carrom Championship at just 12 years of age.

As he progresses through his teenage years, he tries to secure a job in Dubai, but is swindled out of his winnings by an unscrupulous employment agency.

He returns to one of the best Bollywood film games to take on Jaleel – a champion player from another region who stands in his way of recovering his money.

Teen Patti (2010)

Teen Patti movie

Teen Patti is one of the most recent Bollywood casino movies on this list. The title means “Three Cards” in English and it’s based on a popular Indian card game, not unlike Three-Card Poker.

The film has been compared to the Hollywood flick 21, which was released two years earlier and follows the real-life story of a group of MIT students who broke the bank in Las Vegas.

In this Bollywood version of the story, one of the world’s greatest mathematicians meets a reclusive genius while playing at a London casino. Together, they create an unbeatable formula that they use to crack the game of Teen Patti, attempting to take casinos and card clubs for millions.

Teen Patti was filmed on location in various high-class locations, with actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Madhavan, and Shraddha Kapoor showcasing their card skills in Aspinalls of Mayfair, while also venturing around Cambridge University, Westminster, and Dubai.

Jannat (2008)

Jannat (2008)Jannat is a critically acclaimed Bollywood casino movie that centers around a man named Arjun (played by Emraan Hashmi) who has a knack for gambling, a desire to be rich, and a reckless streak that ensures he’s never far from trouble.

When Arjun meets Zoya (played by Sonal Chauhan), he decides that he needs to step up his game, and he moves from small-time card clubs to big-profit games, eventually becoming entangled with the mafia in a high-stakes game of life and death.

For more movies and tv series about casino games, you can visit Hotstar – Indian top streaming service, NETFLIX, SonyLIV.

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