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Samson (1964)

  • GenreAction, Fantasy
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time137 mnts
  • Length4010.42 meters
  • Number of Reels15
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number75387
  • Certificate Date05/10/1974

The Biblical Samson gets a Tarzan-esque twist in this Dara Singh stunt film. Samson, the protector of the forest and its animals, breaks into the Amazon –inspired Husnabad to find a goat’s child stolen by one of its citizens. This causes a rift between him and Princess Sheba who had developed a liking for the kid. Meanwhile the power-hungry high priest Rashid is looking to eliminate both the princess and her long lost brother Salook and take over the kingdom. But Salook is in unaware of his lineage and has been busy romancing Sheba’s maid Laila. Laila can see the clear attraction between Samson and Sheba. But when she attempts to help Sheba come to terms with it, she is met only with denial. But Samson’s chivalrous acts finally win her over. 

Laila is aware of the danger that Salook is in. She tries to convince Salook to run away but is discovered and arrested by Rashid. Sheba tries to convince Laila to give up Salook’s whereabouts, unaware that he is her brother. But Laila refuses on the grounds of the strength and purity of her love for him. Salook comes to rescue Laila but is attacked by a lizard-like monster created by Rashid. Samson arrives in the nick of time to save Salook and kill the monster. Rashid, growing increasingly insecure due to Samson’s repeated interference, tries to manipulate Sheba into turning against him. But Salook arrives to confide in her that it is Rashid who is the true enemy.  But in the process he is captured by Rashid’s forces. Ultimately it is revealed that Salook is the true heir to the kingdom and with the help of Samson’s heroics they manage to foil Rashid’s evil designs. The film is primarily a vehicle for the exciting fight sequences in which Dara Singh battles everything from gargantuan genies to wild tigers.