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Khudai (1994)

Raj Anand is a Bollywood movie director and lives a wealthy lifestyle with his wife, Padmini, and only son, Varun. He is respected and liked in the industry and is known to be a man of ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Rajesh Khanna ... Raj Anand
Madhavi ... Sakhi Swami
Deepika Chikhalia ... Padmini Raj Anand (as Deepika)
Gulshan Grover ... Bengali Babu
Arun Bakshi ... Jagjit
Asha Sharma ... Mrs. Swami (Sakhi's mom)
Anil Nagrath ... Author
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brando Bakshi


Raj Anand is a Bollywood movie director and lives a wealthy lifestyle with his wife, Padmini, and only son, Varun. He is respected and liked in the industry and is known to be a man of honesty and principles. He feels that Varun should make a debut in one of his movies, which he decides to call "Nagar Vadhu" (Prostitute), and hopes to cast a well-known Bollywood actress, Sakhi Swami, opposite Varun in the female lead role. The only problem is that Varun dislikes acting, but when Raj persuades him, he changes his mind, and agrees to act in this movie. Varun meets with Sakhi, and both are attracted to each other. This does not auger well with Raj and he puts a stop to the production immediately. It is then that Varun finds out that his principled father has been known to have an illicit relationship with Sakhi. How will this knowledge help him overcome the wall of mistrust that has now arisen between his dad, himself, and Sakhi. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Naseeruddin Shah was the first choice for the role. He could not accept due to being over busy. Shekhar Kapur agreed but later said no after 3 months. Finally Rajesh Khanna was signed for the lead role. See more »

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Madhavi is its only saving grace.
18 November 2020 | by nadkarnisumeetSee all my reviews

Khudai review :

Said to be influenced by legendary actor-director Guru Dutt's life, Khudai had an aging Rajesh Khanna as a sensitive director with the pretty Madhavi playing his muse. Their guru-shishyaa relationship is misconstrued to be an affair by the media which angers his son Brando Bakshi.

Next, Rajesh Khanna starts a film called Khudai and casts his son Brando opposite Madhavi. In a unique twist, Brando falls in love with Madhavi which upsets Rajesh and he stops his film midway.

An intense plot with some philosophical dialogues, Khudai was a delayed project and didnt find distributors for a theatrical release. It was finally premiered in 1994 on Zee TV.

Of the cast, Rajesh Khanna was earnest as the serious director who cannot conform to the mindless cinema which Bollywood had transformed in the 80s. Interestingly, Khudai mocks the lost and found formula as well as the sex and violence content which was synonymous with then Bollywood. In one scene, Khanna admonishes Madhavi for signing 23 films at a time - something common in those days.

Madhavi was the center of attraction in Khudai and though her performance is marred by the uneven characterization, the dusky beauty looks absolutely ravishing in most of the scenes. Deepika looked too young as Khanna's supportive wifey. Brando Bakshi failed to impress.

Overall, Khudai has its moments but doesnt impress in totality. As for its comparison with Guru Dutt's life, I seriously doubt the films authenticity.

Regards, Sumeet Nadkarni.

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