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Bombay Talkie (1970)

Lucia Lane, an English writer by way of the US, arrives in Bombay to watch the filming of one of her novels. She's nearing middle age, she's had several husbands, she's lonely and ... See full summary »

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Vikram
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Lucia Lane
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Hari
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Mala
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Bose
Nadira ...
Anjana Devi
Pinchoo Kapoor ...
Swamiji
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Heroine in Gold
Usha Iyer ...
Cabaret Singer
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Gopal Ma (as Sulochana)
Prayag Raj ...
Director (as Prayag Raaj)
Jalal Agha ...
Young Man
Anwar Ali ...
Young Man
Mohan Nadkarni ...
Young Man
Sukhdev ...
Man at Bar
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Lucia Lane, an English writer by way of the US, arrives in Bombay to watch the filming of one of her novels. She's nearing middle age, she's had several husbands, she's lonely and self-absorbed. Hari, a screenwriter, offers to show her around. She's interested only in the film's leading man, Vikram, younger than she, married, and building a career as a matinee idol. Lucia takes every opportunity to be near "V," making scenes in front of his wife, demanding his attentions. Hari is long-suffering, carrying Lucia's messages to V, helping her out when the affair gets out of hand. Meanwhile, V's career suffers, with unpleasant repercussions. Who will bring things to a halt? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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18 October 1979 (Portugal)  »

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Drama sti Bombay  »

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Trivia

The movie was conceived in 1968 during production on Merchant Ivory's earlier film The Guru (1969). See more »

Crazy Credits

The film opens with the movie title shown on a carpet that is being carried across the street. The credits are then shown on billboards in different parts of town. See more »

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OK movie, Great DVD Featurette
6 July 2005 | by (Metairie, La) – See all my reviews

I agree with Dilip, it is an OK movie, but the DVD that I got from my library had an added feature - a half hour of dancer Helen. She is really over the top. So skip the movie and enjoy Helen!!!!! I have to give ten lines of text, so here goes. The opulent sets and costumes of the movie were a definite plus, a nice look at the modern wealthy Indian life style. While not great, the movie's plot did generate some interest. For me high lights of the Helen feature were her cabaret dance with an caged afro-wigged "wild man" and a portrayal of a drunken bar patron at the end. During the course of this half hour she dances through several world dance genres.


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