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Less Sugar (2007)

Cheeni Kum (original title)
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An egotistical 64-year-old chef and confirmed bachelor falls for a woman 30 years his junior.

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R. Balki
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Credited cast:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Buddhadev Gupta
Tabu ... Nina Verma
Paresh Rawal ... Verma
Zohra Sehgal ... Mrs. Gupta
Swini Khara ... Sexy (as Baby Swini Khara)
Vinay Jain Vinay Jain ... Sexy's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Krishna Bhatt ... Colgate
Paresh Bramhbhatt Paresh Bramhbhatt ... Driver
Emma Haylan Hall Emma Haylan Hall ... Nosey Neighbour (as Haylan Peters)
Jameel Khan Jameel Khan
Alexx O'Nell ... English Waiter
Phil Pritchard ... Man in Street
Padmini Sardesai Padmini Sardesai ... Mrs.Gupta's Friend
Madhura Shewade Madhura Shewade ... Seema
Zoe Selah Smith Zoe Selah Smith ... Girl on street passing Amitabh Bachchan
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Grouchy, uptight 64-year-old Buddhadev Gupta lives a fairly wealthy lifestyle in London, England, along with his widowed TV and wrestling-addicted mom. He is the owner of Spice 6, one of London's top restaurants that specializes in Indian dishes. One day a customer, Nina Verma, complains about the zafrani pulao, and Buddhadev does not take it well, only to subsequently find out that the pulao was indeed imperfect. He decides to make amends to Nina and lends her his umbrella during a rainy day. Both subsequently become friends, fall in love, and decide to get married. She is introduced to Buddhadev's mom, who instantly approves of her. Nina, who lives in Delhi with her widower dad, cuts short her visit when her dad gets sick. Buddhadev and his mom also travel to India so that Buddhadev can ask for Nina's hand from her now-fully recovered dad. Buddhadev does meet with Nina's dad and, after considerable hesitation, does manage to ask for Nina's hand and is abruptly refused--for Nina is ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A sugar-free romance.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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'Paresh Rawal' was the last team member to join the cast, when the cast was being finalized he was out of the country and when he returned he asked the director "he had to be in the film" See more »

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Featured in 53rd Filmfare Awards (2008) See more »

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Du siehst mich nicht
Produced by Rene Möckel
Performed by Tamisha
Courtesy of Koch-Universal Music
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Outstanding, intelligent romantic comedy
24 May 2007 | by anagpalSee all my reviews

This movie is a novelty for India, a movie comprising mostly of intelligent, dialogue based humour rather than on situations (like Khosla ka Ghosla) or slapstick (most of the other Hindi movies that pretend to be comedies). Amitabh Bachchan is a crabby 64 year old chef / owner of an Indian restaurant in London. The first half depicts the growing relationship between himself and Tabu, a 34 year old woman from Delhi in London on a holiday. The second half primarily depicts Tabu's 58 year old father, Paresh Rawal's viewpoint on the relationship. There – that's it as far as the story goes…nothing more, nothing less… The true brilliance of the movie lies in the life / spark infused in even the simplest of situations or the simplest of characters. Whether it's the interaction amongst the chef's in the restaurant, the waiter hilariously nicknamed Colgate because of his protruding teeth and the jokes at their expense ('Iske Liye Dimaag Ki Zaroorat Hai, Daant Ki Nahin', he is gently admonished on one occasion), the Sardarji pharmacist and Amitabh's interactions with him, Amitabh's mom's fascination with the gym in the face of her sons obvious reluctance to go anywhere near it, his acerbic comments on his mom's cooking ('yeh Tihar Jail Waali Dal ?'), Paresh Rawal's love of cricket and Gandhism. I can go on and on. I was in near-hysterical splits on no less than 10 occasions. I'm still laughing as I remember some of the jokes….

And I haven't even mentioned Amitabh and Tabu – their running joke around the umbrella, the ruthless way she teases him the first time he tries to ask her out, their almost every conversation was beautifully constructed. The movie also captures amazingly well the highs and lows of falling in love. Will she come or wont she ? Will she say yes ? The mood swings, the heartache and the sheer exhilaration and joy when its all OK, when you're with your newfound love.

I think one of the casting coup's of the movie was Tabu. I watched this movie with a school friend of mine (Prashant) and we discussed her at length after the movie. The parts of the conversation I can print here involved her sheer beauty, her classic features (high cheekbones, eyes) and her subtleness…her understated yet enigmatic presence. She brings reality and a certain mystique to her character, makes acting seem so easy. I don't think there is another Bollywood actress who could have done justice to her role.

However, this doesn't detract in any way from any of the other performances in the movie. Everyone was excellent – from Amitabh to Paresh Rawal to each chef / waiter in the restaurant, Amitabh's neighbour and his daughter (a nice sub-plot here and at last we get a real child who talks like today's kids actually do, unlike the saccharine mumblings of the girl in TaraRumPum). The music, with the title song playing constantly in the background, the settings (even Qutab Minar looks beautiful in the movie), everything, like spices, enhance the brilliance of the dialogue.

Take a bow, Mr Balki (an ad maker and first time director). The entire audience gave a standing ovation when the movie ended. Is movie main kuch bhi kum nahin tha !


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Country:

India | UK

Language:

Hindi | English | German

Release Date:

25 May 2007 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$346,245, 28 May 2007

Gross USA:

$697,369

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,178,465
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Mad Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital EX | DTS

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2.35 : 1
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