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English Babu Desi Mem (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 26 January 1996 (India)
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.


Praveen Nischol


G.M. Ayaz (associate script), S. Ali Raza




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)
Gulshan Bawra
Mrs. Sardar Jaffrey Mrs. Sardar Jaffrey
Sudhir Dalvi ... Doctor
Vijay Kashyap Vijay Kashyap
Vivek Vaswani ... Waitor
Richard Lane Smith Richard Lane Smith ... (as Father Lane Smith)
Gurbachan Singh ... (as Gurbachan)


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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The Indian Englishman, The Beautiful Exotic Dancer and Their Nephew
18 July 2013 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Pravin Nischol's 'English Babu Desi Mem' has been labled as Shahrukh Khan's worst movies. I last saw it more than a decade ago and have recently revisited it. 'Worst film' is an 'over' exaggeration. If this is Khan's worst then what are 'Koyla', 'Trimurti', 'RaOne' and 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' (which are much worse in my opinion)? 'Engish Babu Desi Mem' certainly has its share of faults. The story's quite naive, sometimes even a bit silly and cheesy but on the other hand it doesn't pretend to be anything else.

An energetic Shahrukh Khan and sizzling Sonali Bendre make a terrific screen pair. Their chemistry is solid. Shahrukh had already established himself as a versatile actor and his scenes with Sonali and child actor Sunny Singh are some of the best moments of the film Sonali Bendre is outstanding. Not only did she show great potential as an actress back then but she also gets to display her versatile dancing skill. Child actor Sunny Singh does a good enough job. Saeed Jaffrey is also quite likable. All the actors seem to have played off each other and have had a good time filming.

The songs are enjoyable. The lyrics aren't anything particularly great but the melody's fine and it certainly has you tapping your feet or even humming. The visualization of the tracks is also well done and they are paced out well throughout the film.

On the technical side, I was positively surprised by the cinematography which is brilliant here. In the 90s, poor cinematography was quite abundant in Hindi films.

To me 'English Babu Desi Mem' is solid entertainment, with heart. It has all the ingredients of a successful masala (spicy) film and perhaps above all, it's sincere.

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Release Date:

26 January 1996 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

English Sir, Indian Madam See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Daasa Movies See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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