Papi Gudia (1996)
Lawrence D'Souza - Director / Naresh Sharma - Music
Sameer & Gulshan Sarna - Lyrics / Running time: X hours X minutes
Let us begin our story with a definition:
Main Entry: ser·en·dip·i·ty
Etymology: from its possession by the heroes of the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip
: the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also : an instance of this
I was going through one of the online retailers a few months back, and they were having a sale. I knew that the Halloween season was on the way, so I thought I'd see what kind of trouble I'd get into with some horror movies. Going only on two criteria: cost and genre, I placed an order. The sale price of Papi Gudia came out to be about $1.00 with the discount.
I had zero expectations when I put this DVD in the player. I didn't even look at the back of the box. Much to my delight, I discovered that I was watching the Bollywood take on the American classic, Child's Play. For those of you not familiar with that film, it's basically this: an evil man channels his soul into a doll when he is mortally wounded. He then spends the rest of the movie in the doll's body, trying to find a way to take over another living person and once more transplant his soul. The killer doll goes by the friendly name of Chucky, and he looks like this guy to the right.
What we're about to look at is not even as close to disturbing as ol' Chuck there.
There are two repeat performers here, but not in major roles. Tinnu Anand is back, and is much more agreeable in this movie than he was in Anjaam.
Also with us is Shakti Kapoor, fresh from his stint as the corrupt drill instructor in Commando.
For this outing, we have on the roster:
|Karisma (Karisma Kapoor) - A musical performer that has had to raise her younger brother all by herself after the loss of their parents.|
|Inspector Vijay Saxena (Avinash Wadhawan) - An earnest and well-intentioned cop that becomes smitten with Ms. Karisma. Also doesn't believe anything she says.|
|Inspector A. Yadav (Tinnu Anand) - A grizzled older inspector that is put onto the child abduction case. He is relentless in his pursuit of his prey.|
|Charandas (Shakti Kapoor) - a.k.a. Channi, is the evil kidnapper and master of black magic. His is the soul that is implanted into the doll, and the mayhem ensues.|
|Raju - (Master Amar) - Karisma's little brother, and the trusted confidant of Channi's. Of course no one believes him when he tells them that his doll is a murder, but what can you do?|
|The Doll (The Doll) - Behold, the face of terror. Yes, this is what they want us to accept as our main antagonist for this movie. I'm not kidding.|
These guys owe all of us an apology, and a refund to the producers of this film. You are about to see why.