The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Good old moral story by Rudyard Kipling exploring greed and its repercussions.
2) Sean Connery & Michael Caine: 2 British stalwarts in a comedic adventure with a tragic climax
3) Saeed Jaffrey as Billy Fish – stole the show

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Daniel Dravot: Now listen to me you benighted muckers. We’re going to teach you soldiering. The world’s noblest profession. When we’re done with you, you’ll be able to slaughter your enemies like civilized men.

Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Great insight on how easily the British took over the Nawabs engaged in leisure and petty quarrels.
2) Impeccable cast.
3) English Characters portrayed by English actors speaking English; Unlike any Manoj Kumar movie.
4) Kanha Mein Tose Hari (Choreographed by Birju Maharaj)
5) Opening Credits
6) The analogy of Chess, and the bloodless annexation of Awadh.
7) The subtle comedy

 

CONS –
n/a

 
QUOTE –
“chal mere pyaade, bismillah”