Hisssss – Here Come the Naagin!

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Writhing along as possibly the first Bollywood snake movie that still exists (Kali Nagin from 1925 appears to be lost) was Nagina (1951) with Nutan. This was only Nutan’s second movie and as a fourteen-year-old, she looks disturbingly mature. Nazir Khan plays the male lead. Although the film is clearly made on a shoestring budget with very little plot or dialogue, the musical numbers are lively and western and the movie just about holds together to make it a sneaky hit.

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