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Papi Gudia (1996)

| Horror, Thriller
A child murderer and black magic practitioner transfers his soul to a doll before death and wreaks havoc in the lives of the doll's new owners: a boy and his elder sister.


Lawrence D'Souza


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Avinash Wadhavan Avinash Wadhavan ... Inspector Vijay Saxena (as Avinash Wadhawan)
Karisma Kapoor ... Karisma
Tinnu Anand ... Inspector A. Yadav
Mohan Joshi ... Raghavan
Subbiraj ... Commissioner of Police (as Subhiraaj)
Brahmachari ... Constable Khote (as Brahmchari)
Shraddha Verma ... Mona (as Shradha Verma)
Vikas Anand ... Vijay's Father
Dilip Sinha Dilip Sinha
Jugnu Jugnu
Razak Khan ... Jaggu
Radha Asrani Radha Asrani
Master Amar Master Amar
Poonam Dasgupta ... (as Poonam Das Gupta)


Charan Raj (Shakti Kapoor) alias Channi, is a master of crime, theft, kidnapping and black magic. He has a desire to rule over the entire world and for this desire he is ready to do the meanest of deeds - even that of murdering children. Charan Raj lays his hands upon an innocent boy - Raju (Master Amar) Raju is the only support for his sister Karisma (Karishma Kapoor) who herself dances on stage to be able to rear her brother and has all her hopes pined on her brother. Channo who was by now assumed the guise of a doll - A doll that can walk, talk and even kill - is the Papi Gudia. This doll gets stuck to Raju like a leech. Raju, in spite of being innocent gets linked to every murder and then he comes under the eye of police. Inspector Vijay Saxena (Avinash Wadhavan) holds Raju responsible for each murder. Karisma, who till now had been enjoying a comfortable life with her younger brother, is caught in a dilemma between murder and law. On one side is his younger brother and on the ... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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As from the original film Child's Play.This film also named the doll as Chunky. See more »


Referenced in Khichdi: The Movie (2010) See more »

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Watchable but incredibly troubling Indian killer doll effort

Following the supposed death of a child kidnapper, a woman tries to cure her brother's involvement with the case by buying him an ordinary doll, but after a series of deaths tying him to the crimes she starts to believe the claims that the possessed doll is responsible and tries to protect him before it's too late.

While there are many problems here, there are some enjoyable enjoyable features found in this one. One of the more engaging aspects here is the film's enjoyable sense of familiarity while engaging the storyline. By taking the same storyline beats that are part of the other film and introducing a local flair here with how the concept of the killer works, the transfer into the doll and how the boy and doll's relationship develops that threatens the ensuing investigation all manage to provide a really comforting and accessible feeling. Despite taking away some of the potential suspense here with this one playing into a familiar routine, this works the beats nicely enough that the localized touches included here from the career as a singer to the incidental changes made to localize this one provide some fun here. As well, when this one goes for the horror, there's not much to dislike. The idea of filming nearly every scene during a raging thunderstorm roaring away loudly throughout gives the scenes a nice ambiance as well as using the flashing blue light to fine effect here. Likewise, with the doll's heavy breathing heard throughout and the camerawork being kept at a dolls' appropriate height, the attack on the babysitter in her apartment and the later attack at the detectives' house on the outskirts of town offer some genuinely creepy and suspenseful moments. As well, the revelation sequence that takes place here goes a step further with the doll getting far more active and physical in the scene which gives a far more chilling impression here for the film's main positives as there are several big flaws to be had with this one. The main factor to get over in the film is the absolutely awful and ridiculous effects work done on the doll here, which is perhaps the single silliest killer doll in the entire genre. Taking on a lifeless, inexpressive plastic doll picked off a bargain-basement store, the idea of trying to induce fear with this thing is completely opposite when there's nothing special going on with it. There's no animatronics to denote the thing is alive as it's just being obviously manipulated off-screen with nothing else going on, meaning the scenes of it trying to be frightening come off as silly instead like the scenes of it trying to drive a car with the boy in the passenger's seat out to rundown a potential victim. Other big problems arise with the overwrought melodrama and questionable storyline issues. The fact that the kid is so willing to go through with everything the doll is setting up to do, including the murder of people he doesn't know from the police investigator or the beggar woman which the authorities are well aware of but can't do anything to tie him to the case because of the incessant crying of the sister due to their own backstory which feels absolutely ludicrous. It's not entirely clear why she would hamper the known murder investigation by claiming their past romance is the cause rather than the logical evidence, and that aspect as well makes for an eye-rolling set of melodrama involving their eventual meet-cute later on. Still, very little cause is given here as for why he would follow-up the dolls orders in the first place and makes up the films' biggest issue.

Rated Unrated/R: Violence, Language and children-in-jeopardy.

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