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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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Storyline

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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Jhamu Sughand Productions See more »
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Trivia

Kimi Katkar's husband Shantanu was directing the film, but was removed after a few days by Kamal Hassan. He was not happy with his work. See more »

Quotes

Banwarilal Pandey: Everybody was following chachi so I thought I also would follow chachi.
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Connections

Remake of Avvai Shanmugi (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Bhaaga Sa
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Vishal Bhardwaj
Performed by Hariharan
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Bollywood remake better than Hollywood original
18 May 2000 | by mjsprechSee all my reviews

I first caught this at the Eros Cinema in Bombay. Even without English subtitles this non-Hindi speaker thoroughly enjoyed it. Recently I found this on DVD with the subtitle option and liked it all the more. Much funnier than the original "Mrs. Doubtfire", not nearly so cloying. I first knew Kamal Hassan (writer, director, lead actor) from a Tmail gangster film, "Narayan". That he is so funny, and subtle even in a larger-than-life role, was a great surprise. Don't miss this if you ever get the opportunity. The fight scene in he baazar is an instsant classic!


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