Guddi (Hindi: गुड्डी) is a 1971 Hindi drama film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and written by Gulzar. It starred Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Utpal Dutt. It is Jaya Bachchan (née Bhaduri)'s career-making film in which she plays a schoolgirl obsessed with the actor Dharmendra, who plays himself. She earned a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress, the only nomination for the film. Utpal Dutt also has a starring role. Many popular Bollywood actors like Rajesh Khanna, Naveen Nischol, Asrani, Amitabh Bachchan, Om Prakash and Pran gave guest appearances as themselves. The film became a "big city hit" and did "above average" business everywhere else. It was later remade in Tamil as Cinema Paithiyam (1975) starring Jayachitra and Kamal Haasan.
Kusum (aka Guddi) (Jaya Bachchan) is a spunky and carefree schoolgirl who lives with her father (A. K. Hangal), brother and sister-in-law (Sumita Sanyal). Guddi has a crush on film star Dharmendra, whom she regards as a superman who can do no wrong, unable to distinguish between his on-screen image and the real person behind the star.
Nobody knows the extent of her crush until she visits Bombay, where her sister-in-law's brother Navin (played by Bengali film actor Samit Bhanja) proposes to her, only to be taken aback when Guddi discloses that she is in love with Dharmendra. Navin discusses the matter with his uncle (Utpal Dutt), who decides that the only solution is to make Guddi realise the difference between illusion and reality.
The uncle contacts Dharmendra through a mutual friend. With his help, they show Guddi the difference between the real world and the make-believe world of cinema. Exposed for the first time to the grime and the cruel and heartless world behind the glamour of cinema, Guddi realises that nothing is true in the reel world. While her respect for Dharmendra grows, Guddi comes to realise that he is just as human as anyone around and lives with the same fears and insecurities as anyone else.
The film ends with Guddi agreeing to marry Navin.
Dharmendra as himself
Jaya Bhaduri as Guddi
Sumita Sanyal as Bhabhi
Utpal Dutt as Professor Gupta
Samit as Navin
Hangal as Guddi's father
Asrani as Kundan
Keshto Mukherjee as Kader Bhai
Vijay Sharma as Kishan
Lalita Kumari as teacher
Arti as Tara
Director - Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Story - Gulzar
Screenplay - Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Gulzar, D. N. Mukherjee
Assistant Art Directors - Ibrahim Mamoo, Ram Gopal Sharma
Assistant Cameramen - Prakash Anandkar, Shashikant Kabre, G. D. Mushtaq
Assistant Editors - Khan Zaman Khan, Shridhar Mishra, J. F. H. Van der Auwera (color consultant)
Wardrobe - M. R. Bhutkar, Mohan Pardesi
Music Assistant - Vasant Achrekar, Sebastian D'Souza
Guddi provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at the movie industry in Bombay during the late 1960s and early 1970s and featured cameos from a lot of the major actors and industry figures at that time including (in order of appearance):
The song "Bole Re Papihara" was listed at #21 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1972.
All lyrics written by Gulzar; all music composed by Vasant Desai.