An egotistical 64-year-old chef and confirmed bachelor falls for a woman 30 years his junior.



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Credited cast:
Buddhadev Gupta
Nina Verma
Mrs. Gupta (as Zohra Sehgal)
Swini Khara ...
Sexy (as Baby Swini Khara)
Vinay Jain ...
Sexy's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Krishna Bhatt ...
Emma Haylan Hall ...
Nosey Neighbour (as Haylan Peters)
Jameel Khan
English Waiter
Man in Street
Madhura Shewade ...
Kanwal Toor ...
Nosey London neighbour


Grouchy, uptight 64-year-old Buddhadev Gupta lives a fairly wealthy lifestyle in London, England, along with his widowed TV and wrestling-addicted mom. He is the owner of Spice 6, one of London's top restaurants that specializes in Indian dishes. One day a customer, Nina Verma, complains about the zafrani pulao, and Buddhadev does not take it well, only to subsequently find out that the pulao was indeed imperfect. He decides to make amends to Nina and lends her his umbrella during a rainy day. Both subsequently become friends, fall in love, and decide to get married. She is introduced to Buddhadev's mom, who instantly approves of her. Nina, who lives in Delhi with her widower dad, cuts short her visit when her dad gets sick. Buddhadev and his mom also travel to India so that Buddhadev can ask for Nina's hand from her now-fully recovered dad. Buddhadev does meet with Nina's dad and, after considerable hesitation, does manage to ask for Nina's hand and is abruptly refused--for Nina is ... Written by rAjOo (

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A sugar-free romance.


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

25 May 2007 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Kevés cukorral  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£118,856 (UK) (25 May 2007)


$655,246 (USA) (8 June 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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'Paresh Rawal' was the last team member to join the cast, when the cast was being finalized he was out of the country and when he returned he asked the director "he had to be in the film" See more »


References Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978) See more »


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Produced by Rene Möckel
Performed by Tamisha
Courtesy of Koch-Universal Music
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Delicious platter - DDLJ ver 64
3 June 2007 | by (Middle Earth) – See all my reviews

I am sure all of you would have got a fair idea about the movie by now. And also judged the strengths and weaknesses as well.

I am not too sure if Cheeni Kum is the first Bollywood movie which fits into this genre of "Sarcastic Comedy", but definitely there could be many more to follow. With the ad-man at the helm of affairs, its no wonder that every line of the movie seems to have been written by a copywriter.

Amitabh and Tabu share a great chemistry and for once you wonder if you have been focusing on Tabu's performance than Big B. Having said that Big B makes you wonder how can he still manage to look sexy at 64. Zohra Sehgal - every time she comes on the screen, you are ready for the next dose. Fanstastic performance indeed and the same for the little girl "Sexy" who gets one of the best lines in the movie. Paresh Rawal - after a long-long time you wonder how did he go wrong this time. Clearly there is big lacunae, wonder if its the script that is to be blamed. Rest of the star-cast do a perfect cog in the wheel.

Be it sunny and rainy side of London or the cool breeze of New Delhi - P C Sriram managed to capture all the seasons equal ease. Editing by Chandan Arora manages to keep the story crisp. Ilayaraja's music stays with you after the movie as well.

Having been to cinema with least expectations, I walked out of the hall with a single thought "Why can't Johar's & Chopra's make a delicacy like this?". On a parting note, Cheeni Kum seemed to have a a few similarities with DDLJ - different sensibilities though.

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