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Gumrah (1993)

Roshni Chadha is the only child of Sharda Chhadha, and has no knowledge of the whereabouts of her absconding dad, Prakash Chhadha. Roshni is introduced to Rahul Malhotra and both are ... See full summary »

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Jagan Nath (Jaggu)
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Roshni Chadha
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Prakash Chadha
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Rahul Malhotra
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Deathrow inmate
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Sharda Chadha
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Female cop in Mauritius (as Kunika)
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Insp. Phillip
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Male cop in Mauritius
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Ahuja
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Pakya
Uday Chandra
Sudesh Issar
Subhash Kapoor
G.P. Singh
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Roshni Chadha is the only child of Sharda Chhadha, and has no knowledge of the whereabouts of her absconding dad, Prakash Chhadha. Roshni is introduced to Rahul Malhotra and both are attracted to each other. Rahul finds out that she can sing, assists her in becoming a professional singer, and she becomes famous nationwide. She has a fan named Jaggannath alias Jaggu, a street-wise small-time black-marketeer, but she chooses to ignore him. On a trip to Mauritius with Rahul, Roshni is apprehended by the police and arrested on the charge of possession of drugs. She is imprisoned, and Rahul is nowhere to be found. Then a lawyer and Jaggu come to her assistance, but are unable to do much, as Roshni is found guilty, and in keeping with the laws of that country, her sentence is - death! Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A FAR MORE serious problem cropped up when a local newspaper in Mauritius linked Rahul Roy with a notorious dealer named Riyazat Hussain. Reportedly, when the police arrested Riyazat, he said Rahul was his partner in crime and produced some photographs of them together. Apparently, producer Yash Johar (who made Gumrah with Rahul in the lead), Romu Sippy and director Raj Sippy were in Mauritius trying to find an appropriate location for their shoot. When Yash Johar heard about the controversy, he decided to get to the bottom of the issue. Interestingly, the investigators found a photograph of Rahul posing with Riyazat in an album at the latter's residence and held that against him. Yashji argued that when actors take pictures with people, they are not aware of the individual's profession. In an interview Yashji claimed, "When the chief gave me the dates when Riyazat visited Mauritius, I pointed out that he wasn't in Mauritius at the time that Rahul was there. I remembered all the dates when he shot for Gumrah. So they acted upon what I told them and the authorities discovered that Riyazat had made several fake passports." He further even wrote a letter to the Indian High Commissioner in Mauritius to sort out the matter! Rahul maintained that he had been framed. He said he posed for 300 to 400 pictures daily and could not have known the identity of the people snapped with him. He confessed, "During the shooting of Gumrah he (Riyazat) had taken a photograph with me. So when he got caught he was asked about it. He claimed to be a friend of mine and a newspaper came out with headlines linking me to him." Yash Johar made the journalist print a clarification in the newspaper as the reports were solely based on the claims made by Riyazat and Rahul's side wasn't given due prominence. Rahul said, "How can people believe the words of a criminal against that of a public personality?" See more »

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Sanju is beaten badly in jail with blood on his face, but after they escape in the climax he has no blood at all. See more »

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Sridevi's Bangkok Hilton
18 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

Mahesh Bhatt made 'Gumrah' by shamelessly ripping-off the mini-series 'Bangkok Hilton'. It pretty much is a scene by scene copy with some sequences from the series left out while others being indianized. The typically indianized sequences were very cheesy (with the exceptions of those between Sridevi and Reema Lagoo). Yes, there are songs and they're mostly dreadful, especially the ones primarily visualized on Sanjay Dutt. The whole love angle between Dutt and Sridevi is very Bollywoodish. Yet, I must say that the suspense is mostly well maintained (as I had watched 'Gumrah' before 'Bangkok Hilton') and the prison atmosphere looks very realistic (even though it's almost a complete imprint of the set in 'Bangkok Hilton'). The final chase sequence was also quite fun to watch.

While Sanjay Dutt storyline does appear forced and exaggerated, the actor provides fine comic relief and has great chemistry with his female lead. Anupam Kher and Reema Lagoo are very good. Soni Razdan is superb in a small role. Rahul Roy brings wooden acting to a whole new level.

What makes 'Gumrah' worth the watch is Sridevi's tour de force performance. Not only does she look authentic but playing Roshni from the shy, talented and vulnerable young lady to a tough prisoner, Sridevi makes it look so easy to do. She gives the Roshni an identity of her own which makes her very different from Nicole Kidman's Katrina Stanton. She easily dominates the movie.

'Gumrah' is Sridevi's film.


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