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 ...
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Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
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
Gautam Ghose's 'Gudia' is a milestone in film-making. One of the Gems Indian Cinema has produced in Modern Era. Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Ghose brings out a story that touches your heart.
'Gudia' is about 2 ventriloquists who earn their meagre living through this talent, and a life-size doll they affectionately named Urvashi, in a coastal village in Goa, India. When the mentor falls ill, the student takes up the job and thus, begins his journey with the Doll. Gautam Ghose makes a heartbreaking/charming and a Masterpiece of a film!
'Gudia' is in-tact with memorable performances! Mithun Chakraborty is fantastic. The legendary star of Indian Cinema plays one of the most difficult roles with rare understanding. Mithun, was, is and will always be my all-time favorite. Nandana Sen delivers a wonderful performance. Pran is perfect in a cameo. Mohan Agashe is flawless in his part.
'Gudia' is a triumph... as mentioned from the start... 'A Masterpiece'! Two Big Enthusiastic Thumbs Up!
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