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Alibaba And Forty Thieves (1954)

  • Release Date1954
  • GenreAction, Adventure, Drama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time145 min
  • Length4172.71
  • Number of Reels16
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number2435
  • Certificate Date09/04/1984
  • Shooting LocationBasant Studio, Chemur, Bombay

In the city of Dil Pazir, Alibaba saves the dancer Marjina from the clutches of Sher Khan. Later on Marjina becomes jealous as she sees Alibaba paying attention to a young girl. But she turns out to be Alibaba’s younger sister Salma, who has been staying with Alibaba ever since he was wrongly deprived of his ancestral wealth by his elder brother Qassim. Abboo falls in love with Sitara, the companion of Salma. When Abboo and Alibaba go to the jungles to fell trees the former scares one of the donkeys. Alibaba runs after it and accidentally finds out the secret of the hide-out of Abu Hassan, the robber. He speaks the words “Open Sesame” and the entrance opens by itself. Once inside the weird den, Alibaba gathers as much wealth as he can on the donkey and overnight he becomes a rich man. Through Fatima Begum, the cunning wife of Qassim, the latter finds out the secret of Alibaba’s wealth and gets him arrested. But thanks to Marjina’s strategy, Alibaba escapes with Marjina, Salma and Abboo.


In the meantime Qasim has left for the hide-out but having forgotten the magic words, he is found out by Abu Hasan who orders him to be decapitated. Alibaba succeeds in bringing the severed head and body to his house. Resourceful Marjina brings Mustafa the tailor blind-folded and gets the head of Qassim sewn to the body.


When Abu Hasan finds out the truth he visits the Palace in the guise of a Saudagar with his 40 thieves hidden in big jars supposed to contain oil. But Marjina has recognized Abu Hasan. Much against the wishes of Alibaba she enacts a dance before Abu Hasan during which Abboo and Sitara throw all the jars in the valley. When Marjina rushes to kill Abu Hasan, the unsuspecting Alibaba intervenes. Abu Hasan escapes with Marjina on horseback and brings her to the hide-out.


In one of the most thrilling climaxes Alibaba succeeds in rescuing Marjina and saving himself from the very jaws of death. Thus all’s well that ends well.


(From the official press booklet)