Desperation to be with his only child forces a divorced man to take the guise of the child's nanny. Situations get really messy when the child's grandfather (the man's ex-father-in-law) falls in love with his disguised ex-son-in-law.

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Jaiprakash Paswan / Laxmi Godbhole (as Padmashri Kamal Haasan)
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Durgaprasad Bhardwaj
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Banwarilal Pandey
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Janki Paswan
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Joseph (as Johny Walker)
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Hariharan 'Haribhai'
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Siraj Akhtar (as Nasser)
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Himself (in song "Gare Dore")
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Herself (in song "Gare Dore")
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Dr. Rohit (as Raj Zutchi)
Raghuram
Abaswaram Ramjhi
Madan Bob
R.S. Shivaji ...
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Wealthy Janki falls in love with poor Jaiprakash, much to the displeasure of her parents, and ends up getting married, and living with her husband. She subsequently gives birth to a daughter. Differences surface between the couple, and Janki leaves Jaiprakash and moves back in with her parents. Jaiprakash wants to see his daughter, but is prevented by Durgaprasad, Janki's dad, so he assumes the guise of a woman, calls himself Laxmi, and starts working as a nanny for his daughter. Complications arise when Durgaprasad gets attracted to Laxmi and wants to marry 'her'. Written by Carrie

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19 December 1997 (India)  »

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Chikni Chachi  »

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In end credit scenes, shruti hassan appears as a child artist. Music director Vishal Bhardwaj teaches her and other children how to sing Title song. See more »

Quotes

Banwarilal Pandey: Everybody was following chachi so I thought I also would follow chachi.
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Remake of Avvai Shanmugi (1996) See more »

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Jago Gori
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Vishal Bhardwaj
Performed by Asha Bhosle & Kamala
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Bollywood remake better than Hollywood original
18 May 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I first caught this at the Eros Cinema in Bombay. Even without English subtitles this non-Hindi speaker thoroughly enjoyed it. Recently I found this on DVD with the subtitle option and liked it all the more. Much funnier than the original "Mrs. Doubtfire", not nearly so cloying. I first knew Kamal Hassan (writer, director, lead actor) from a Tmail gangster film, "Narayan". That he is so funny, and subtle even in a larger-than-life role, was a great surprise. Don't miss this if you ever get the opportunity. The fight scene in he baazar is an instsant classic!


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