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Chachi 420 (1997)

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.

Director:

Kamal Haasan

Writers:

Gulzar (dialogue), Kamal Haasan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamal Haasan ... Jaiprakash Paswan / Laxmi Godbhole (as Padmashri Kamal Haasan)
Amrish Puri ... Durgaprasad Bhardwaj
Om Puri ... Banwarilal Pandey
Tabu ... Janki Paswan
Johnny Walker ... Joseph (as Johny Walker)
Paresh Rawal ... Hariharan 'Haribhai'
Nassar ... Siraj Akhtar (as Nasser)
Ayesha Jhulka ... Ratna
Atul Agnihotri ... Himself (in song "Gare Dore")
Ritu Shivpuri ... Herself (in song "Gare Dore")
Raj Zutshi ... Dr. Rohit (as Raj Zutchi)
Raghuram Raghuram
Abaswaram Ramjhi Abaswaram Ramjhi
Madhan Bob Madhan Bob ... (as Madan Bob)
R.S. Shivaji ... Driver
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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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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

19 December 1997 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trickster Aunt See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,521,679
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Trivia

Ashwini Bhave was thrown out of the film after a argument with Kamal Hassan. She was replaced by Ayesha Jhulka. 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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Macarena
(uncredited)
Performed by Los del Río
Licensed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Written by Antonio Romero, Rafael Ruiz, Carlos De Yarza and Mike Triay
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Spain, S.A (SGAE) BMG Music Publishing Spain S.A (SGAE) and Nuevas Ediciones,
S.A (SGAE)
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Overindulgent but fun remake of Mrs Doutfire
19 February 2009 | by long-fordSee all my reviews

Kamal Hasan remakes Mrs Doubtfire and gives an inspired performance as Mrs Luxmi Godbole, a god-fearing Maharashtrian matriarch. 'Chachi 420' itself is a bit of a mess. The film is overlong with messy subplots and Tabu is strangely lackluster. Yet Kamal Hasan makes it worthwhile with his superb comic timing. It does get overindulgent at times with some unnecessary songs. Amrish Puri is good as usual. Om Puri has a brief but funny cameo. There are some risqué scenes involving Nasser, so family audiences beware. Still, the film is well worth watching on television or DVD.

Overall 6/10


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