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Cheeni Kum (2007)

An egotistical 64-year-old chef and confirmed bachelor falls for a woman 30 years his junior.


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
Kanwal Toor Kanwal Toor ... Shalini


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.


Comedy | Romance


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India | UK


Hindi | English | German

Release Date:

25 May 2007 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Dung Hong Cuoi See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£118,856 (United Kingdom), 27 May 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$346,245, 27 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$655,246, 10 June 2007
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director R. Balki, a Tamilian and isn't fluent in Hindi, had a friend who helped in the translation of his direction/dialogs from Tamil into Hindi. See more »


References Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978) See more »


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Produced by Rene Möckel
Performed by Tamisha
Courtesy of Koch-Universal Music
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Awesome, arrogantly sarcastic romantic comedy
28 May 2007 | by oinamSee all my reviews

An awesome movie; Amitabh and Tabu were just fantastic. I laughed almost throughout the movie and I loved the flawlessly spiced dialogue between Amitabh and Tabu. Cheeni Kum is about the unadulterated but sweetened love-story of a 64 year old man (I'm pretty sure Amitabh Bachchan is at that age right now in his real life) and a 34 year old woman.

An arrogantly sarcastic Buddhadev Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan), who is still a bachelor at 64 meets a 34 years old spinster, simple and sweet Nina Verma (Tabu) at his restaurant, one of London's top authentic Indian Restaurant. The similarities in their difference brings them together which culminated into a romance of a funnier genre.

There were many ingredients of spices, little more than a typical romantic Hindi Movie; besides Amitabh and Tabu, the sizzler of curly straight dialogue from the 9 year old Sexy (Swini Khara) is refreshing to make you laugh all along. The kiddish delight of the 58 year old Omprakash Verma's (Paresh Rawal) Gandhism as Nina's father was the ultimate dessert to the main course romance. Of course, Amitabh's 85 year old mother (Zohra Sehgal) who loves TV shows with muscle man and "Sex and the City" added enough flavor to make you reach out for the side dish that she flaunts.

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