Synopsis/Plot : 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 nd the boy taking over the man and the boys condition going from bad to worse, the man starts to lose grip of time and reality; eventually breaking the wall and revealing a shocking truththeres no one on the other side. The story of a man trapped within the walls of an old city and his attempts to break free to nd a human connection.
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Manoj Bajpayee Delivers Outstanding Performance
Gali Guleiyan 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. If for nothing else, watch Gali Guleiyan for the joy of witnessing a lead actor in ful...(more)
Source: s, NDTV Movies
Open to various interpretations, what strikes you the most about Gali Guleiyan is the way it portrays alarming psychological isolation and parent-child disconnect.
If you expect pleasant escapism from the movies, Gali Guleiyan is not for you. At one point Khuddus admits, Main kho gaya hoon." It pretty much sums up the film's intent - it hopes to understand a man who feels lost and doesn't want to be found. (more)
Source: Renuka Vyavahare, Times Of India
There is enough to admire in Dipesh Jain's ambitious first film about a lonely paranoiac living in Old Delhi -especially the unstinting talent of Manoj Bajpayee
Gali Guleiyan relies heavily on atmospherics, much of which is created by Kai Miedendorp's masterful camerawork. It snakes into the warren of lanes and decrepit rooms. There is an abiding sense of claustrophobia. Everything seems slightly rotten. I will warn you that the psychological drama does fee...(more)
Source: Anupama Chopra, Filmcompanion.in
Enter the manic maze
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. It's a bird's eye view of a manic maze in which not just a child but practically everyone is lost.(more)
Source: NAMRATA JOSHI, The Hindu
'This is all good; but for God's sake, can you open the universe a little more?'
Through Khuddus' attempts to respond to young Idu's cries for help, I was reminded of a moment in Saul Bellow's The Dean's December, where the lead character, upon hearing a dog cry incessantly, surmises that the dog is saying, 'For God's sake, open the universe little more!' This was the appeal ...(more)
Source: Sreehari Nair, Rediff.com