Ali Baba was a poor woodcutter who lived in Persia. He had an older brother, Cassim, who was a rich merchant but greedy and selfish.
Fate changes for the two brothers when Ali Baba accidently comes across an enchanted cave – that was the secret hideout where the forty thieves hid their loot. The cave was filled with gold and jewels. Ali Baba grabs a few bags to show his wife and quickly leaves. At home, his wife is wonder-struck seeing such a treasure. They decide to count the gold, but find the coins too many. Ali Baba’s wife has an idea and goes to get a measuring jar from Cassim. But Cassim’s wife was a cunning woman and wondered why poor Ali Baba wanted a measuring jar. She applied some gum on the inside, at the bottom of the jar.
Ali Baba’s wife took the jar home and they measure the gold. She returns the jar back to Cassim’s wife not knowing what was stuck inside. Cassim’s wife is shocked to see the coin and shows this to her husband. She badgers Cassim to find out the truth behind all this. So the next day, he goes to Ali Baba and forces the truth out.
Armed with the secret command, ten mules and many bags, he makes his way to the cave. Once inside, he is blinded by the vast treasure that he loses track of time. Finally, when he finishes loading all his mules, Cassim finds that he has forgotten the command to open the cave. Unfortunately for him, the forty thieves return and discover him inside. In a rage, they kill Cassim and chop his body to pieces.
Cassim’s wife begins to panic when he does not arrive even after sundown, and goes to Ali Baba for help. Ali Baba, knowing his brother’s greed, begins to fear the worst and rushes to the cave. He sees Cassim dead and is overcome with grief.
What does Ali Baba do? What happens when the thieves realise Cassim’s body is missing? Whose ingenuity helps Ali Baba out? Read Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves to find out!