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A naive unemployed youth is mistaken for a look-alike gangster.

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Credited cast:
Geeta Bali ...
Bembi
I.S. Johar ...
Gullu Lala / Jung Bahadur
Helen ...
Rita
Kamaljit Singh ...
Kamal Jeet (as Kamal Jeet)
Hari Shivdasani ...
Rai Bahadur Himmatchand
Praveen Paul ...
Mrs. Lala (as Rubi Paul)
Amrit Rana ...
Lala
Kathana ...
Jung Bahadur's girlfriend (as Khatana)
Rajan Kapoor ...
Inspector Rajen (as Rajen Kapoor)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Feroz Khan ...
Feeroz (as Feeroz)
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Gulu Lala lives a middle-classed lifestyle along with his parents in Chinchpokli, Bombay. Believing himself to be Hindustani and speaking Hindi, he is unable to secure employment with Parsi, Sindhi, Marwari, and Tamil businessmen, and spends his time walking a stray dog, Charlie, along Marine Drive. One day he comes to the rescue of Sindhi-speaking wealthy businessman, Rai Bahadur Himmatchand and his snobbish daughter, Bembi, who initially 'borrow' Charlie and then Gullu himself to live in their mansion. Eventually the couple get attracted to each other - little knowing that soon their respective lives will be changed drastically when Gullu will be mistaken for a look-alike gangster named Jung Bahadur, while a disapproving Himmatchand is all set to get his daughter married to a wealthy male named Kamal Jeet. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Before Marvel's Ripoff, There was Mr India.
14 March 2014 | by (Bundelkhand Region) – See all my reviews

Any modern viewers who have seen "Captain America: The First Avenger",(2011) will recognize the plot and overall story. I firmly believe that this character is the very toughest to bring to life in the Marvel stable simply because of Mr. Indias' complexity. They did a fairly nice job keeping it simple but not remembering to do so with heart. The film features a nice pace, the perfect cast and wonderful throwback action sequences. It does have its flaws but not enough to sink the film by any means. Overall, it's a fun ride that respectfully delivers a movie worthy of the legend and sets up for what could be amazing sequels and what will be an awesome Avengers film. Now on to Mr. India: The Good The cast is remarkable and every single character played to perfection.

I.S. Johar simply stole every scene he was in and his character had the audience in the palm of his hand. Best audience reactions throughout the entire film.

Mr. India's wartime real costume, look and shield work is amazing. It's right out of the books. The same can be said of Geeta Bali's look.

The brutality was not only welcome but needed. It grounded the film and made everything play out in a more real world tone with real consequences. The body count in this film is surprisingly high.

The film had true heart because they made Mr. India relatable and you instantly rooted for him and wanted to follow his path to glory. The pre-magic-timepiece 98lb weakling Mr. India is not only an amazing feat but perfectly hooks the audience.

A story featuring a true hero is so refreshing at this point. No dark brooding and moody anti-hero here… The story itself is told with a very nice pace and in a crisp manner. Nothing drags at all.

The dialogue is witty and sharp, the humor works its way seamlessly in to the natural order of the story.

The tone and period work is dead on perfect. I loved the flavor of this film when the focus was not on anything Hydra.

The Bad I really wish they had stayed entirely Nazi and left the Naga element out, laser guns and all.

Having no "learning curve" hurt the overall film as well. What always works in origin films is having the hero learn and come to grips with his new powers or abilities. Vishnu and Shiva are prime perfect examples. I enjoyed Mr India.'s initial use of powers because circumstances demanded it but they never showed him training or learning combat techniques at all. That's a terrible oversight, especially since the character is known as the world's greatest hand to hand fighter in terms of Hindu mythology.

I would've liked to have seen more background on Mr India as a character... growing up without a father and mother during the the Indus Valley Civilisation era of prehistory and the building of his ethical and moral code. Final ruling: A great film that is one of the subcontinent's best and oh so close to being perfection. Wonderful job by all involved.


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