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English Babu Desi Mem (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 1996 (UK)
After his brother dies, wealthy Vikram reluctantly goes back to India and forms a surprise bond with his orphaned nephew and the showgirl raising him.

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Praveen Nischol

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G.M. Ayaz (associate script), Ali Raza | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Vikram / Hari / Gopal Mayur
Sonali Bendre ... Bijuriya
Rajeshwari Rajeshwari ... Katariya
Saeed Jaffrey ... Lawyer Madadgar
Kiran Kumar ... Bheema Khalasi
Baba Brahmbhatt Baba Brahmbhatt
Ishita Haria Ishita Haria
James Bond Singh James Bond Singh ... Nandlal (as Sunny Singh)
Sunny Singh Sunny Singh ... Nandlal (Nandu)
Gulshan Bawra Gulshan Bawra
Mrs. Sardar Jaffrey Mrs. Sardar Jaffrey
Sudhir Dalvi Sudhir Dalvi ... Doctor
Vijay Kashyap Vijay Kashyap
Vivek Vaswani ... Waitor
Richard Lane Smith Richard Lane Smith ... (as Father Lane Smith)
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Storyline

Vikram Mayur, a wealthy Indian, born and raised in England, returns to his ancestral home in Mumbai, India to look up his late brother's eight-year-old son Nandu raised by his caring aunt Bijuriya in which Vikram is torn between choosing to take Nandu back to England to learn his family's business, or risk throwing it all way by staying in India to be with Bijuriya whom he slowly falls in love with. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

India

Release Date:

1996 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

English Babu Desi Mem - Der Junge aus England und das Indische Mädchen See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Daasa Movies See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Raveena Tandon was signed for the film but had to opt out due to date problems. Thats when Pooja Bhatt was signed. But Pooja also exited the film due to several delays. See more »

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Remake of It Started in Naples (1960) See more »

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Touching movie
15 June 2010 | by phoenix1861-1See all my reviews

OK, so I heard this film mentioned as not one of the best in Shahrukh's filmography but quite unexpectedly, I enjoyed it. It starts a bit unevenly, takes some time to finally get to the story but then the story unfolds quite smoothly.

The best things about this movie are Sonali Bendre and the boy. Well, and Shahrukh, of course, but Sonali and the boy are sort of the focus of the story. Sonali is very beautiful and can really emote quite well. She is very charming and likable, as is her character. The boy was adorable and moved me to tears in a couple of scenes.

Yes, one reason for which I liked this film was that it was actually very touching and heartfelt in several scenes. It's a wee bit naive and innocent but I like that. Most of all, it's simple and honest. Anyway, one thing this film is not -- it's not boring, which is what I hate most of all in a movie. The story is quite solid, there are drama and conflict, which to me seemed realistic enough. There are flaws, of course, but, really, I had expected something much worse.

Shahrukh doesn't do all that much (except being great as usual) but he definitely added to the poignancy of the situation. His interaction with the boy was very cute and touching and I probably wouldn't feel half so much if it weren't for him. As a matter of fact, I only watched it as part of going through SRK's filmography.


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