"Guddi"was like a bit of fresh air in the sixties. Made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, it seemed to make a clean departure from the values of typical Hindi films. It was almost an attempt to de-glamourize it. The narrative is about a star-struck girl ( Jaya Bhaduri) whose uncle (Utpal Dutt) decides to disillusion her. He is motivated by a desire to see her mattied to the young hero, (Samit Bhanja) whom the girl has rejected because she loves the film actor Dharmendra. The uncle introduces her to Dharmendra, a la Dharmendra himself, and she learns that the "heroes" of the silver screen are mere paper tigers, that the cinematic experience is a result of deliberate manipulation and is, in that sense, fake.
According to the Uncle's calculations, this exposure of the Hindi film world as a sham facade would bring the girl to her senses and she would willingly marry the hero. In effect, the film becomes an interesting bit of introversion. It subtly questions and gently mocks at the social and ideological role of the Hindi film and seems to blaze a new trail towards a more sober kind of cinema. In fact, "Guddi" led to several films being made which were cast in what has come to be known as middle-of-the-road entertainment, examplified in the films of Basu Chatterjee.
Instead of rejecting the values of glamour, it only managed to accept them in a slightly different form. For example, the hero is made to perform a prototype of the film gallant. He is placed in a situation where he has to rescue the girl from two goondas by battling with them single-handed.
Jaya is marvellous in her maiden venture. Utpal Dutt as the judicious uncle is brilliant. Dharmendra is what actually he is. Basant Desai has scored outstanding melodies, of which "Bol re papi.." can never be forgotten.