There was a time when Hollywood put on screen adventure movies. Harry Black and the Tiger is one such adventure movie made in 1958 that was filmed in India. It starred Stewart Granger and Barbara Rush and the Indian star IS Johar. Johar was known for his roles of a buffoon and it was a revelation to see him do a serious role as the tiger tracked named Bapu. The movie is an out and out adventure tale that revolves around a hunter who is drafted to kill a man-eater
The shikari in the movie is played by Stewart Granger. He is one legged having lost his leg when he was a POW in a German Prison camp. The shikari (Stewart Granger) comes to India and hires IS Johar as tiger tracker. There is also a love angle played Barbara Rush. She looks lovely, but the twist is she is married to the man who had also been a POW and had betrayed Stewart Granger. The movie sets the stage for a clash. But the hero is the tiger and the jungles of India. This is something that we in India should be proud off.
The direction of the film is good and the scenes of rural India during the days of the Raj are beautifully crafted. The director deserves credit for creating the visuals of the terrified villagers and the man eater. The piece de resistance is the finale which has the Shikari ( Stewart Granger) and the tracker( IS Johar) enter a large cave in which the tiger is hiding. This is authentic stuff and those who are fond of the tiger will relish this movie. British producer, John Brabourne, has spared no expense as far as authenticity is concerned and the movie is pure adventure.It’s a pity that such movies are now rarely made. Though the movie was released nearly half a century back, it will still enthuse movie buffs. One can see it by getting a VCD from a local library or the internet from Amazon.Also readhttp://expertscolumn.com/content/johar-bapu-harry-black-and-tiger