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Chhoti Si Baat (1976)

Arun (Amol Palekar) is a shy accountant in Bombay who dreams of romancing Prabha (Vidya Sinha), but never gets past following her around without managing to actually speak up. While Arun ... See full summary »

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Basu Chatterjee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashok Kumar ... Col. Julius Nagendranath Wilfred Singh
Vidya Sinha ... Prabha Narayan
Amol Palekar ... Arun Pradeep
Asrani ... Nagesh Shastri
Nandita Thakur Nandita Thakur ... Deepa
Rajan Haksar Rajan Haksar
Ashim Kumar Ashim Kumar
Devendra Khandelwal Devendra Khandelwal ... (as Devendra)
Baba Majgoakar Baba Majgoakar
Noni Ganguly Noni Ganguly
C.S. Dubey C.S. Dubey ... Gurnaam (Garage owner)
Amol Sen Amol Sen
R.S. Chopra R.S. Chopra
Sudarshan Sahni Sudarshan Sahni
Milon Mukerji Milon Mukerji
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Arun (Amol Palekar) is a shy accountant in Bombay who dreams of romancing Prabha (Vidya Sinha), but never gets past following her around without managing to actually speak up. While Arun twiddles his thumbs, suave Nagesh (Asrani) steps into the picture and turns on the heat, prompting Arun to take "love coaching" from "romance specialist" Julius Nagendranath (Ashok Kumar) to win Prabha back. One of the funniest Hindi films of the 70s - is a nostalgic favourite for its quirky take on pre-hypercongestion Bombay. The film established Amol Palekar as having an uncommon comic talent for playing mousy characters, a role he would repeat several times in his career. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

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Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

9 January 1976 (India) See more »

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A Little Affair See more »

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B.R. Films See more »
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Manmohan and Sujit Kumar also make cameo's in the song Jaaneman Jaaneman as villain's. See more »

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References Zameer (1975) See more »

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na jaane kyon hota hai yeh zindagi ke saath
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
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A simple 70s Urban Middle-Class Comedy
19 April 2006 | by bluegreensaladSee all my reviews

Firstly, this movie for me was a great 70s nostalgia trip: The Fort district of Bombay, Dadar Hindu Colony, Scooters, Flora Restaurant (The Best and probably the only Chinese Restaurant in Bombay those days- But I've never used chopsticks there!), the old BEST Double-Deckers, the bell-bottoms, Amol Palekars' glasses, Jehangir Art Gallery, and Samovar. They missed out Rhythm House, Flora Fountain, and Chetana, but well, it didn't matter. Whatever was served, was enough. Secondly, the nostalgia was not in stark B & W of Guru Dutt's 50s, but in glorious Color, which brought out even the shiny, worn flagstones on the footpath in a unique, fresh, perspective, a unique shade of gray that only color could do. All this to say that my youth was re-lived, real-life. Thirdly, the protagonists: Young, Fresh-Faced, Natural, Lovely, Naive, in love- yet shy enough to express it, and how they get together, it was all so simple, and the contrast is yet so apparent when compared to todays' Bollywood Kitsch. Fourthly, to realize that Nostalgia dies with the death of a Generation; How Col. Singh has his own deep memories of an age that would have been ancient for the protagonists themselves! I never realised then, but right now, I'm old(er) and the young 'uns cannot 'get it' when I'm nostalgic. Fifthly, This movie is about Bombay, and the spirit of Bombay, and kudos to Basu-da and Salil-da for their glorious effort.


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