• Gali Guleiyan

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    Based on 11 critics

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    Summary

    In the walled city of Old Delhi, Khuddoos, a lonely man who obsessively watches people through his hidden cameras begins a search for a boy he hears getting beaten up through the walls of his house. The obsession to find the boy taking over the man and the boy’s condition going from bad to worse, the man starts to lose grip of time and reality. The story of a man trapped within the walls of an old city and his attempts to break free and to find a human connection.

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  • ...is obviously not a conventional entertainer. Just as well. The film stands out because of the balance it attains in depicting a man sinking steadily into incoherence and yet clinging to his humanity.

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  • The movie deserves attention not only for Manoj Bajpayee’s class act, this pointing, dark and intense psychological drama is disturbing but relevant which depicts the dark side of humans, the prejudice, the importance to be heard and listened in today’s times.

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  • It has been several days since I watched this film, and even now an acute sadness grips me each time I think about it. The beauty of Gali Guleiyan lies in the fact that I never ever want that feeling to go away.

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  • ...there is enough to admire in this ambitious first film – especially the unstinting talent of Manoj Bajpayee.

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  • Dipesh has set the film in the dimly lit, crumbling lanes of old Delhi and tries to convince you that you’re watching two parallel stories occurring in the same timeline. He aims for a big reveal which isn’t required as the film would have flowed better without it.

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  • Writer-director Dipesh Jain invests in his characters and encourages audiences to experience their lives and speculate about the circumstances they find themselves in. The film, for a large part, manages to effectively convey the discomfort the characters endure.

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  • The film is shot beautifully and all characters are brilliantly etched in their pain. You will come away shook.

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  • ...Bajpayee’s career-best performance prevents interest from flagging. The actor never loses Khuddus’s humanity, and portrays his plight with unerring rigour and poignancy.

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  • Part of the experience and also the frustration of watching Guli Guleiyan is overlooking the heavy sense of importance the movie assigns to itself and acknowledging Dipesh Jain's virtuosic control over film craft and his unique (though not entirely satisfying) artistic sensibility.

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  • The film is a fine study of deteriorating places, people, relationships, families, neighbourhoods, communities and human minds with the one aerial shot at the end capturing it all economically.

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  • It’s an ambitious first feature, and while Jain manages to pull off many things rather ably, he falters at other points. Many of the stumbles are painted over by a fine cast.

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