GenreAdventure, Drama, Thriller ScreenplayJ. B. H. Wadia CountryIndia
DirectorHomi Wadia Music directorChitragupta Duration LanguageHindi
Release date1958 WriterChand Pandit (dialogue), J.B.H. Wadia (screenplay) CastKrishna Kumari (Queen Maya), Achala Sachdev (Uma Chakravarty), BM Vyas (Bihari Lal), Uma Dutt (Rajguru), Muzaffar Adeeb Similar moviesRelated Homi Wadia movies
Zimbo is a 1958 Hindi action adventure film directed by Homi Wadia and produced by Basant Pictures. John Cawas the earlier hero of most Wadia Movietone adventure films is credited in the title roll of the film as associate director with special effects by Babubhai Mistry. The screenplay was by JBH Wadia with dialogues by Chand Pandit. Music was composed by Chitragupta with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The film starred Azad, Krishna Kumari, Chitra, Achala Sachdev, Sheikh, Dalpat .
The story idea was similar to Tarzan of the Apes; Homi Wadia made use of a "popular culture" icon like Tarzan and changed the name to Zimbo with an Indian setting. The film was originally made in 1937 as Toofani Tarzan, directed by Homi Wadia and produced by Wadia Movietone.
Professor Chakravarty and his wife Uma (Achala Sachdev) live with their four-year-old son in the jungle where he carries out experiments. He has discovered the formula to prevent ageing. Adversity strikes when their house is attacked by lions killing him while his wife goes mad with grief. The professor’s son goes missing in the melee. The story then follows the arrival of several people seventeen years later from the city. One of them is the Professor’s brother who has traveled to the jungle with his daughter in search of the missing formula and to look for the professor’s son. There are villains in the group of people, wanting the formula for their own purposes. Chakravarty’s son Zimbo has been brought up by the apes and the story takes a turn when they try to relocate him with Dada (Pedro the Chimpanzee) to the city.
Azad as Zimbo
Krishna Kumari as Queen Maya
Chitra as Leela Devi
Pedro the Chimpanzee as Dada
Achla Sachdev as Uma Chakravarty, Azad’s mother
Sheikh as Chalak
Dalpat as Seth Durgadas
B. M. Vyas as Biharilal
Pedro the Chimpanzee
Uma Dutt as Rajguru
Sardar Mansoor as Dilawar
The film had special effects by Babubhai Mistry. Zimbo was a loose remake of Wadia Brother’s Toofani Tarzan (1937) which did not have an ape. This time the main attraction of the film was Pedro the chimpanzee also called the Ape Bomb. Pedro, called Dada in the film, wore female clothes for comic effects and got to handle a gun in the end. According to Rajesh Devraj the film became a success at the box-office.
The music was composed by Chitragupta with the lyrics written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The singers were Mohammed Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar.