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TEEN PATTI and the gambler of Indian cinema

February 22, 2010 4:08:25 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Hindujas are stepping officially into the arena of film making through TEEN PATTI by floating a vertical that is headed by Ambika Hinduja, daughter of the Hinduja family. TEEN PATTI directed by Leena Yadav is a film that has as content the game of card play, and there could not have been a better actor than Big B to help in the launch vehicle of Hindujas.

Amitabh Bachchan would probably be the only film star who has played a character dabbling in TEEN PATTI in maximum numbers and it is also a fact that in nearly all the films where he has played the role of a gambler who dabbles in gambling, the films have been hit. Be it HERA PHERI or NEHLE PE DEHLA, KAALIA, or SHAAN or for that matter even HUM, in all these films Big B has etched out a character that is proficient in the art of gambling. The other star who has dabbled in the genre of card games is Dev Anand however he did not find the same amount of success that Amitabh Bachchan attained through numerous roles that he played in various films. It is altogether a different matter that whatever films Dev Anand made gambling dens had a significant presence as a part of the content landscape.


It also is one of the intriguing aspects of the cinematic oeuvre that gambling is accorded a very specialized place as far as it forming the core of content, and the notion recurs on a regular basis in all the forms of cinema made around the world.

In India the affinity with gambling is inspired from one of the biggest epics that our culture has produced aka Mahabharata and the tradition of gambling continues to find reverberations in all the generations.

The element of fatalism that is associated with our lives entices the people to go in for gambling in a big way. Through TEEN PATTI it would be for the first time in Indian cinema that a character actor like Ben Kingsley has agreed to share the screen space with Big B, and for Madhavan coming out of the success of 3 IDIOTS it could be encore for him through TEEN PATTI. Would TEEN PATTI be able to score a hit, the bet is going to be placed on the table in the next four days.

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