Gambling has been the center of many Bollywood movies over the years. When you think about them, there are always mind games, romance, and cards. The characters have influenced the larger world to experience poker for themselves.
If you can’t do it the old fashioned way, you can find an online casino and play a live game.
In case you haven’t watched all Bollywood gambling movies, here is a top ten list you must check out:
Striker was the first movie to hit YouTube on the same day it was released. It is a story of a young boy who wins the carrom championship at the tender age of 12. In his search for a job in Dubai, he loses all his money to an unscrupulous employment agency. The boy goes back to the game and finds himself in a dangerous territory while he tries to get back his money.
2. Teen Patti
The 2010 film has an exciting storyline. A math professor is preparing a probability thesis using a popular poker game played online called Teen Patti. It takes a wrong turn when one of his students arranges for the game to enter casinos and big clubs. The game becomes so big that the two of them cannot control it any longer, which brings their dark side to light.
Gambler features Bollywood’s biggest actors and has continued to be a hit almost 50 years down the line. It’s a story about a kid who was abandoned by his mother and raised by a monster called Master. Raja learns to play cards very well and makes a fortune before he is charged with killing Master. In his trial, you get to see how he ended up with Master, and all the mysteries unfold.
Jannat means ‘heaven’ in English, and it’s about a young man who wanted to live a heavenly life here on earth. In his pursuit of money, the young man became a con man and a high stakes bookie. This movie has excellent lessons about greed and how it can finish you. The 2008 film was a huge success all over the world and even made it to the box office.
5. The Great Gambler
The Great Gambler was another huge success thanks to the twists and turns that keep you at the edge of your seat. It features a young man called Jai, who has never lost in poker. Unfortunately, he attracts the attention of bad people who want him to be playing for them. When he is tricked into trapping a government employee, things take a turn for the worst.
6. Hera Pheri
This 1976 film was filmed when the king of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan was still young. The story features two small-time criminals who take advantage of other more prominent criminals. Though the plot is not about gambling, the entire movie is set in the gambling world where criminals hide and disguise themselves as other people.
7. The Gambler
This 1995 film has attained cult status thanks to its hilarious plot and legendary actors. The plot follows a lazy police inspector called Dayashanker Pandey, who is very comfortable just sitting at his desk. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, he always brings in big criminals, including serious gamblers during the few times he gets off his chair. This puts him in danger, much to his dismay.
Simran is a 2017 film that features an Indian divorcee living in America. The narrative follows Praful Patel, a divorced girl who takes a trip to Las Vegas with her cousin and gets addicted to gambling. While she wins the first night, she loses all her winnings and her savings the following night. During one of her gambling sessions, a loan shark spots her and loans her $32,000, which leads to more trouble than it is worth.
Luck is a story about a gambling kingpin who has lived a fortunate life. Since he survived a mosque collapse when he was 9 months old, he seems to get lucky everywhere. His luck has overflowed to the gambling obsession that he has, but soon it gets boring. The story continues where Karim Musa and his friend start looking for lucky people to play games for them and win.
Mankatha is a complicated film that surrounds the world of gambling and sports fixing. A police officer fakes his death to draw attention to the illegal gambling world going on right under people’s noses. The movie has a lot of twists and turns, conspiracies and complexities which you must follow.