The setting is a restaurant in London, with Amitabh at the helm of the affairs , and his team of assistant chefs in tow , outwardly extra obedient, like students with a disciplinarian teacher ; once he turns his back, they come out with all sorts of jokes and takes, on their strict boss too ! Every thing seems to be going on smoothly, until one fine evening , when Tabu, as Neena arrives, for some real culinary delights in his restaurant, recommended by her friend Shalini. When the Pulav is returned, Amitabh's ego is hurt, and he gives her a piece of his mind. Then starts the string of encounters, when this couple, with a vast age difference, begin meeting each other, and actually enjoying each other's company. There are other 2 females in Amitabh's life, his perky mother, though quite old, and a young girl of about 10, who is a cancer patient. As we think that there is no problem in their getting united, there comes Tabu's daddy, a believer of Gandhiji's philosophy ,and conversely, fond of cricket. later we know, why this Gandhiji's reference . He is extremely adamant about his daughter getting married with this gentleman from London, who is even older than him by a few years. To protest, he adopts Gandhian Satyagrahi fasting till death. How Buddha , that is Amitabh finally succeeds in getting him to accept the proposal, no matter even if grudgingly , is appropriate to watch on the screen. Musiacal score is too good, as it is from Illayiraja , Amitabh is better, and at ease here, compared to Nishabd, Tabu fits the bill, and Paresh is sharp tongued and disarming as usual. Sehgal is amazing, even at this age, and much better than in her roles in those British-Indian artificial movies , or t.v. shows. The small girl is o.k., but the nick name Sexy, and some of the dialogs given to her, could have been rewritten, as they sound quite odd mostly, considering her age, and the ailment. Was her character thought necessary to give a human touch to the character of Buddha, who is otherwise an outspoken, and some what arrogant individual ? There are some clever hints at both these characters devoid of sexual life due their loneliness, and Amitabh going to his chemist's shop, and asking for condoms, is funny, when the Sardarji owner calls him Chacha ! Tabu is also shown to openly hint at their possible sexual proximity, when she says, Itne bhukhe ho kya ? and Aage kuch kar sakte ho ki nahin ? These lines in her mouth seem quite brash, at the same time indicate her own deprivation of sexual part in her life. It's that team of cooks in the kitchen, who have really acted out their parts in a very lively way. Clearly, Amitabh has shown his emotional swings from a rational human being, to the one, who even tries in his desperation, to touch that iron pillar,for his wish fulfillment, and lo, it actually works for him. Some how, one does feel, that using Gandhiji's fasting technique, and making a sort of farcical situation out of it, by showing crowd gathered near the gates, father trowing the tea cups, and Tabu just sitting and holding his hands, yet saying that if he wants to fast unto death, that's his choice, is not very convincing, and marrs the otherwise hilarious and a breezy comedy. But why does Amitabh has to declare that he wants to marry his daughter, when both of them are in the loo ? his normal courage and presence of mind is shown dwindling with this type of a father, perhaps ? In the end, while at the dinner table with his son -in-law, and newly acquired status, this so-called Gandhivadi, cheers up at the prospect of seeing a cricket match, and that's what his real love in life actually ! Why couldn't they think of it earlier, while poor fellow, so fond of chicken, is unnecessarily made to fast ? By the way, it's not required for the fasting fellows, to throw temper tantrums, or look ridiculous, as this one looks, actually terrible, they could look more serene, and composed, and break their fast peacefully, with a pitcher of sweet lime juice, as the practice goes in India ! Perhaps Tabu and Amitabh could have also undertaken counter fasts, but then we don't know who would yield in the end ! i have given 7 , as i felt they spoiled the atmosphere and the genre of a very different experience, by showing Buddha quite confused, baffled and even alleging Neena, when he overhears calling it her bad luck. whereas, Tabu is shown taking things rather coolly, than putting her foot down, or finding some way out of the dilemma . The police station scene is unnecessary as such . Worth watching at least once, for a different kind of a movie, than the usual, loud, Bollywood fare, which goes under the name of a comedy, or drama, and yes, specially for Amitabh, who has made justice to the main character , by his handling of it , with underplay and a beautiful sense of timing . So cheer up, all of you who have given it up due to the age factor, as Amitabh says, how does it matter ? IMDb recommends, Girl in the Cafe, another movie, if you like this one, but don't think in advance, that they got the idea from that one, as i have also not seen that English one as yet !
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