Gambling and casino themed movies have their own user base worldwide. The Bollywood industry is no different. Churning out more than 2,000 movies annually, Bollywood can take pride in some of the best gambling themed movies produced. People have been drawn to theaters in scores when it comes to live casino and gambler’s lifestyle movies. Some of them have even gone to extent of sketching the biography of gamblers. The thrill of the gambling world is what excites the fans.
Let us have a look at the top Bollywood gambling based movies that must be on your watch list. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic enforced lockdown measures and theaters yet to open up, they can be binge-watched on streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney Plus Hotstar. In fact, online gaming industry has also shown signs of gaining a foothold in the Indian subcontinent.
Teen Patti (2010) – Thriller| Starring Ben Kingsley, Amitabh Bachchan, and Shraddha Kapoor
Inspired by the Hollywood movie “21”, Big B enacts the role of an unconventional mathematics professor. He blends his skill with gambling to win the jackpot. He deploys his experience and mathematics logic when invited to a grand casino in London. The duo achieves success and Bachchan moves back to India where he teaches his students about the Teen Patti. Now starts the thrill of the gambling world and risks.
Striker (2010) – Suspense Thriller | Siddharth
As the name suggests, the movie is around gambling in-game Carrom. Striker became the first Indian movie to release same-day on YouTube and theaters. Produced and directed by Chandan Arora, the movie is based on the true-life story of Surya. Though he came from a poor background, he had the gift of playing carom which slowly took the shape of gambling.
The Great Gambler (1979) – Thriller | Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman
True to the name of the film, gambling was the central theme. Shot at exquisite locations, it starred Amitabh Bachchan in double role supported by Zeenat Aman, Neetu Singh, and Prem Chopra. The movie was a traditional story of any gambler we know so far. Amitabh was the expert gambler who never lost a bet. This skill of his caught up with the underworld gangsters who wanted him to work for them. Whereas in the double role Amitabh played police inspector entrusted to handle the case of a gambler.
Jannat (2008) – Emraan Hashmi, Sonal Chauhan
The movie has cricket betting as the central theme. In a country where the majority is obsessed with cricket, Jannat is all about behind the scenes. It revolves around the match-fixing angle which took center stage in the late 90s and early 2000s. Emraan Hashmi plays the lead role of a bookie who wants to make quick bucks by doing illegal betting on cricket matches.
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