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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

Amitabh Bachchan was signed as an extra but when star Shashi Kapoor saw him on the sets and asked him, 'What are you doing here?'. Bachchan replied he had to say this line and he would get 50 rupees for it. Kapoor said, 'Don't be silly. I am not going to allow you to do this. You are destined for better things'. Kapoor got Bachchan's scene removed. Bachchan then apparently didn't like this as he wasn't too happy on losing out on being paid. See more »

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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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Don't get your hopes up!
19 February 2005 | by (Nashville) – See all my reviews

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, but it was pretty awful, and I would only recommend watching it expecting the worst so that perhaps you are pleasantly surprised by it. My least favorite thing was the main female character, Lucia, and her self-obsessed, insensitive, manipulative, passive-aggressive way of behaving. She was a terrible person and also looked much older than her supposed 32 years of age! It was difficult to understand the motivations or behaviors of most of the characters and the scenes/events seemed rather disconnected. I also was hoping for a lot more of the Bollywood movie industry and got very little of that except for the opening scenes. I'm not a fan of this movie.


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