Super Star Rajesh Khanna

Super Star Rajesh Khanna

Friday, March 21, 2008

Guddi - 1971


Introduction :
Guddi (Hindi: गुड्डी) is a 1971 Hindi comedy-drama film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and written by Gulzar. It starred Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Utpal Dutt. It is Jaya Bachchan (née Bhaduri)'s career-making film in which she plays a schoolgirl obsessed with the actor Dharmendra, who plays himself. She earned a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress, the only nomination for the film. Utpal Dutt also has a starring role. Many popular Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Om Prakash and Pran gave guest appearances as themselves. The film became a "big city hit" and did "above average" business everywhere else. It was later remade in Tamil as Cinema Paithiyam (1975) starring Jayachitra and Kamal Haasan.

 Star  Cast :
  • Dharmendra as Himself
  • Jaya Bhaduri as Guddi
  • Sumita Sanyal as Bhabhi
  • Utpal Dutt as Professor Gupta
  • Samit as Navin
  • Hangal as Guddi's father
  • Asrani as Kundan
  • Keshto Mukherjee as Kader Bhai
  • Vijay Sharma as Kishan
  • Lalita Kumari as Teacher
  • Arti as Tara

Other Film Crew's :

  • Director - Hrishikesh Mukherjee
  • Story - Gulzar
  • Screenplay - Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Gulzar and D. N. Mukherjee
  • Dialogue - Gulzar
  • Editor - Das Dhaimade
  • Cinematographer - Jaywant Pathare
  • Art Director - Ajit Banerjee
  • Producers - Hrishikesh Mukherjee and N. C. Sippy
  • Executive Producer - Romu N. Sippy
  • Production Executives - T. S. Ganesh and K. G. Nair
  • Associate Director - Anil Ghosh
  • Assistant Directors - Saroj Banerjee, Susheela Kamat and Nitin Mukesh
  • Assistant Art Directors - Ibrahim Mamoo and Ram Gopal Sharma
  • Assistant Cameramen - Prakash Anandkar, Shashikant Kabre and G. D. Mushtaq
  • Assistant Editors - Khan Zaman Khan, Shridhar Mishra and J. F. H. Van der Auwera (color consultant)
  • Wardrobe - M. R. Bhutkar and Mohan Pardesi
  • Music Assistant - Vasant Achrekar and Sebastian D'Souza  

Cameos :

Guddi provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at the movie industry in Bombay during the late 1960s and early 1970s and featured cameos from a lot of the major actors and industry figures at that time including:
  • Super Star  Rajesh Khanna
  • Amitabh Bachchan
  • Biswajeet
  • Vinod Khanna
  • Ashok Kumar
  • Dilip Kumar
  • Hrishikesh Mukherjee
  • Naveen Nischol
  • Om Prakash
  • Pran
  • Shashikala
  • Mala Sinha
  • Shatrughan Sinha
  • Deven Verma

Summary :

Kusum (aka Guddi) (Jaya Bachchan) is a spunky and carefree schoolgirl who lives with her father (A. K. Hangal), brother and sister-in-law (Sumita Sanyal). Guddi has a crush on film star Dharmendra, who she regards as a superman who can do no wrong, unable to distinguish between his on screen image and the real person behind the star.

Nobody knows the extent of her crush until she visits Bombay, where her sister-in-law's brother, Navin (played by Bengali film actor Samit Bhanja), proposes to her, only to be taken aback when Guddi discloses that she is in love with Dharmendra. Navin discusses the matter with his uncle (Utpal Dutt), who decides that the only solution is to make Guddi realise the difference between illusion and reality.

The uncle contacts Dharmendra through a mutual friend. With his help, they show Guddi the difference between the real world and the make believe world of cinema. Exposed for the first time to the grime, the cruel and heartless world behind the glamour of cinema, Guddi realises that nothing is true in the reel world. While her respect for Dharmendra grows, Guddi comes to realise the fact that he is just as human as anyone around and lives with the same fears and insecurities as anyone else.

The film ends with Guddi agreeing to marry Navin.

Music Sound Track :

The song "Bole Re Papihara" was listed at  No. 21 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1972.
All lyrics written by Gulzar and music composed by Vasant Desai.

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