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  • NR
  • 1984
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 7.0  (76)

Giddh, released in 1984, is a Hindi film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee that stars Om Puri, Smita Patil, and Nana Patekar. The movie is set in Mumbai and depicts the life of a sex worker named Chanda, played by Smita Patil, who is part of a brothel run by Fatima Bi. The movie opens with Chanda, a young and beautiful sex worker, being sold to a brothel by her mother. She soon catches the attention of a low-level gangster named Murlidhar, played by Nana Patekar. Murlidhar takes a liking to her and starts visiting her often, developing feelings for her. Meanwhile, Chanda's friend Kajri, played by Waheeda Rehman, tries to convince Chanda to leave the brothel and lead a respectable life. But Chanda is content with her life as a sex worker and refuses to leave.

Things take a turn when Om Puri's character, Ghungroo, enters the scene. Ghungroo is a struggling stage actor who is desperately in search of a job. He offers to work for Fatima Bi, the brothel owner, and soon becomes a favorite of the sex workers. Chanda also starts developing feelings for Ghungroo, and they both find solace in each other's company.

The movie takes a poignant turn as it explores the complexities of human relationships and the moral dilemmas faced by the characters. Chanda struggles with her profession and her feelings for Murlidhar and Ghungroo. Ghungroo is torn between his love for Chanda and his disgust for her profession. Murlidhar is persistent in his love for Chanda, even though she does not reciprocate his feelings.

The performances of the lead actors are exceptional, with Smita Patil's portrayal of Chanda being particularly noteworthy. Patil brings a depth and vulnerability to her character, making Chanda a sympathetic figure despite her profession. Om Puri and Nana Patekar also deliver nuanced performances, adding layers to their respective characters.

The movie is a departure from Mukherjee's previous comedies and is considered one of his finest works. The music score by Kanu Roy complements the movie's somber mood, with songs like "Jo Bhi Dhundungi" and "Aaj Ki Raat" being particularly soulful.

Giddh received critical acclaim upon its release and won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor (Nana Patekar). The movie's themes of love, morality, and redemption resonate with audiences even today. It remains a poignant reminder of the complexities of human relationships and the struggles faced by those marginalized by society.

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    1 hr 43 min
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (76)