The Chief Guard was the commander of Mola Ram's Thuggee guards and also helped oversee the enslaved children in the mines that were under Pankot Palace in 1935. He was a very ruthless, coldhearted man.
The huge, powerfully built Thuggee Chief Guard was first seen by Indiana Jones, when he saw the guard whipping and yelling at one of the enslaved children in the diamond mine beneath Pankot Palace, India. Jones threw a rock at the guard, which allowed the child to get away. The guard, furious at Indy's intrusion and nerve, alerted a few underlings and ordered the archaeologist's capture.
Later, he restrained Jones while the archaeologist was forcibly put under the Black Sleep of the Kali Ma, and much later, he fought with Indy in the mines. The large Thuggee attacked Jones after Jones freed the children. Jones landed several good punches on him but the guard brushed them off and punched Jones then threw him in a mine cart. Short Round tried to help Indy by flogging the guard with his whip, but was hurled aside by the man. The guard then pushed the cart until it gained momentum to move itself. Jones and the guard fought in the cart, with the guard winning.
The cart stopped at the top of the ramp and flipped both men onto a conveyor belt which led to a rock crusher. On the conveyor belt, Jones and the guard fought each other, with both men landing heavy blows. But whenever Indy gained the upper hand, he was paralyzed via a voodoo doll at the hands of Zalim Singh until Short Round disabled the Maharajah and then freed him from the Black Sleep using a torch.
Willie Scott assisted Jones by throwing rocks at the guard and giving Jones things to hit him with. The guard was finally defeated when his red sash was caught in the rock crusher. Despite Jones's merciful attempts to rescue him, the thug was pulled into the machine and crushed to death.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Chief Guard was portrayed by the late professional wrestler and stuntman Pat Roach in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Roach had previously played the Giant Sherpa and the German Mechanic in Raiders of the Lost Ark and later went on to portray the Gestapo and a German officer close to Adolf Hitler in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The film's script referred the character as the "Thuggee Giant".
In an earlier script, written by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, the Chief Guard only appeared when he was to fight Indiana and his death scene is the similar to the finished film but Jones does not try to rescue him.
One of the Chief Guard's few lines in the film is "Jaldi Karo!" which is Hindi for "hurry up", and is repeated by the character as he whips the enslaved children in the mine.
In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, the character appears as a final boss. Unlike the film, he has a shaved beard and Zalim Singh replenishes the Chief Guard's health after the first two fisticuffs. The player is only able to deal lasting damage to the guard once they free Short Round and use him to rout the maharajah. Also, he never fights with Indy at the conveyor belt. He jumps independently to the conveyor belt and begins throwing giant mine stones at Jones, who throw dynamite at him in retaliation. Finally, the Chief Guard falls defeated to the belt and is subsequently pulled along some rocks by the rock crusher, dying without Jones trying to save him.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (First appearance)
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom novel
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom comic
- LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (Non-canonical appearance) (As Thuggee Slavedriver)
- LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (Non-canonical appearance) (As Thuggee Slavedriver) (Portable consoles exclusive)