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Haatim Tai (1990)

  • Release Date1990
  • GenreFantasy
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time140 mins
  • Length4416.55 meters
  • Number of Reels17
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-13712-MUM
  • Certificate Date20/04/1990
  • Shooting LocationRK Studio, Natraj Studio, Filmlaya, Velkar Openair Studio, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani

Hatimtai is one name in the world of generosity which will remain the world as long as the world exists. This sentence was uttered during the birth of Hatim by the great Astrologer of Yemen to the Emperor (Hatim's father). And it happened so, Right from Hatim's childhood symptons of his being generous existed. As and how he grew young. Accordingly his generosity also grew young with him.

Every Friday after morning Namaz Hatim used to give alms to widows and beggars one fine morning as he was distributing alms to these beggars, in the queue, he comes across Princess Mariam daughter of a very big trader Barzakh. Hatim was surprised when he asked Princess Mariam the reason. She replied that she was in love with a Prince named Muneer, and that Prince Muneer was also in love with her. But when they decided to get married her father (Barzakh) strictly opposed the proposal. When Hatim contacted BARZAKH he narrated him a mysterious story that one night he tried to dishonour a innocent Fairy. But surprisingly when Barzakh touched the Farry she gradually turned into a stone Fairy cursed Barzakh that his daughter Mariam will remain unsuccessful in her love if she marries, her husband will die on the very first night and she will also turn into a stone like her. Barzakh fell at Fairy's feet and asked for mercy Fairy pitied him and put seven questions (mysteries) and said when these seven questions will be solved her real posture and that his daughter would also be able to marry her beloved.

Hatim asked Barzakh what those seven mysteries were? Barzakh replied that those mysteries were so complicated that no person in the whole world will be able to solve it.

Hatim decided to solve these mysteries and said that he has full faith on Allah who will help him and he immediately started to his voyage with his slave friend Nazrul. In solving the very first mystery Hatim was entangled between the magic world and the beauties. God helped him and he solved his first mystery and started his journey for the second one. By some means, he also solved the second mystery. But the third mystery was most deadly. The body's were coming alive from the graves in a small graveyard. And Hatim comes out alive from the graveyard to solve the fourth mystery and likewise Hatim solves the sixth mystery. But the seventh and the last one? was so complicated that even Hatim's God was put on test. Because the biggest Magician of the world KAMLAQ was facing Hatim. KAMLAQ tied Hatim with his magic chain and said Hatim look I am the god of this world either you bow at my feet or call your God to help you out.

Then what happened? Who won the game Hatim or the Magician KAMLAQ.

To know all these in detail one should see the Film "HATIMTAI AUR SAAT SAWAAL".

(From the official press booklet)