Does the name mean anything? Or is it just mushy gibberish, like the rest of the movie? Love-love, love-hate, hate-love, hate-hate... this film has explored all the possible forms and then done some more.
'Bambola' is a water hole for passing traffic, run by a girl-in-gown called Andrea, who has these fantastic notions of true love but settles for whatever she finds around her, believing that one of these night crusades will lead her to discover her knight in shining armour. There are many glimpses of this fantasy of this man in a black cape and a white horse, but what finally comes to her is this stud in jeans and an ancient jalopy, which conveniently breaks down just in front of this highway retreat.
The guy falls blindly in love with her, but she is certainly not very happy with the notion of this dude, always in worn out jeans and rock-star shirts, becoming the love of her life - especially given her grandiose dreams of the perfect mate. But our lover-boy is not ready to settle for anything less, and his wooing wins him the lady after a whole lot of serenading and chasing away baddies with a sawn-off shotgun that he miraculously produces when the baddies show up.
Well, when all is done and won, he finally decides to give Andrea the slip, and so depressed is our maid on discovering her hunk gone, old jalopy and all, that she is even ready to end her life in a state of drunken stupor. Not to mention, the baddies too return, now that the shotgun-wielding hero is gone. At this fateful moment enter a true-blue knight, full with black cape and white horse and all the works, and guess what? This is none other than our runaway-'groom'!
It is discovered soon enough that our no-good bum is actually a bored millionaire who has been everywhere and done everything. And his joyride to 'Bambola' was to sneak in adventure into his life.
And the night that he finally wins his girl, he runs away just to make her dreams come true and return as the knight of her dreams, which he goes on to do with much gusto as the goons are vanquished and peace and order restored. And our knight returns to his empire with his maiden-love in his arms.
Pretty story but unusually badly narrated, with just about passable acting, that is at times even good. The background music is what actually massacres the movie. Alternating between soulful wailings and garish grunge, it launches an unassailable assault on your cringing eardrums! Lovemaking scenes are in plenty, but only a couple see the light of day, thanks to our censors.
All in all, watchable stuff, but our advice would be - do not forget to take adequate earmuffs along!