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Gudia (1997)

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Johnny, a musician, belongs to the itinerent troupe of Hameed the ventriloquist. The star attraction of their show is the talking doll Urvashi - seductress, eternal child-woman, one who ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Mithun Chakraborty ...
John Mendez
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Rosemary Braganza / Urvashi (voice) (as Nandana Dev Sen)
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Hameed
Mohan Agashe ...
Braganza
Masood Akhtar ...
Munna Bhai
Tiku Talsania
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Avtar Gill ...
Politician
Anjan Srivastav ...
Rosemary's boss
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Johnny, a musician, belongs to the itinerent troupe of Hameed the ventriloquist. The star attraction of their show is the talking doll Urvashi - seductress, eternal child-woman, one who cannot age or die. When Hameed's voice fails, he sells Urvashi to Johnny, who returns to his small neighbourhood in suburban Mumbai. He reunites with his childhood sweetheart Rosemary and plans to resume his stage performances with Urvashi. To Rosemary who is eager to help Johnny, Urvashi almost seems like the other woman. Johnny's music and his talking doll are a hit with audiences which only fuels Rosemary's insane jealousy. Communal riots break out in the city and Johnny's songs unveil the true culprits behind the controversy. They hit back and Urvashi is destroyed. Johnny is silenced because his medium of expression is gone. Now Rosemary draws him out of his despair, brings him back on the stage and dances in place of Urvashi - the woman becomes the doll. Written by Anonymous

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Pygmalion, Indian-style
13 April 2002 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

Johnny & His Talking Doll, a ventriloquism act, tour around, assisted by Rosemary Braganza, who is in love with Johnny. Johnny develops severe personality issues, personifying Urvashi (the doll) and pretty much falling in love with her, which (naturally) makes Rosemary a bit jealous. Lovely shots of Goa, and well-integrated songs. Well acted by "Johnny." An interesting outlook on freedom of speech, political expression, and feminism -- as Rosemary eventually becomes Urvashi, gradually losing her agency.


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