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Sinbad The Sailor (1952)

  • Release Date1952
  • GenreFantasy
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Length4265.98 meters
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number5986/52 - Mumbai
  • Certificate Date23/06/1952

The legendary sailor Sinbad is smitten by the beautiful Princess Zuleikha of Baghdad. Rejecting the advances of the courtesan Hasina, he woos the Princess. But this brings him into conflict with the powerful and cruel Prince Razmaq, who also desires Zuleikha. During an encounter with Razmaq, Sinbad sinks his ship and the Prince is thrown overboard. But with the help of his powerful army the Prince exacts his revenge by driving the Sultan of Baghdad out and capturing his empire. The Sultan is betrayed by his treacherous magician Badruddin and is subsequently captured. With the help of Hasina, Razmaq also manages to trap Sinbad and proceeds to torture him.
With the date of Prince Razmaq and Princess Zuleikha’s union fixed, time is running out for Sinbad. Hasina promises to free him on one condition, that he must reciprocate her love. But Sinbad’s faith is unflinching and he refuses. His fidelity moves Hasina, and she risks her own life to free him. Sinbad escapes with Zuleikha, but Hasina is tragically killed by Razmaq in a fight.
With the help of Badruddin, Razmaq follows Sinbad in his ship. But the voyage proves calamitous for him, as his ship is sunk and he barely escapes. In the meantime, Sinbad has arrived at a treasure island and unearthed priceless treasures. Razmaq reaches the island one night and a climactic fight ensues. Razmaq is killed and Sinbad, victorious, sets sail for Hindustan. 
The film is a reimagining of the famous sailor’s story from the Arabian Nights. It featured spectacular special effects by the ingenious Babubhai MIstry.