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Little Zizou (2008)

A boy's view of his community in modern day Mumbai.


Sooni Taraporevala
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Credited cast:
John Abraham ... Arjun
Sohrab Ardeshir Sohrab Ardeshir ... Cyrus II
Iyanah Bativala Iyanah Bativala ... Liana
Jahan Bativala Jahan Bativala ... Xerxes
Cyrus Broacha Cyrus Broacha
Kurush Deboo ... Kurush
Tknow Francorsi Tknow Francorsi ... Tito
Boman Irani ... Boman Presswala
Khurshed Lawyer Khurshed Lawyer
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ... Majestic Grandmother
Dilshad Patel Dilshad Patel ... Zenobia
Shernaz Patel ... Miss Patel
Imaaduddin Shah ... Artaxerxes (as Imad Shah)
Zenobia Shroff ... Roxanne
Kamal Sidhu Kamal Sidhu ... Alka


A delightful comedy about two Parsi families in Mumbai - one headed by a lunatic religious extremist, the other by a liberal newspaper editor. Told from the point of view of 10 year old Xerxes a soulful soccer-mad Parsi boy whose fervent wish is that his idol Zinedine Zidane visit Bombay. Though his mother died in childbirth, Xerxes hopes that she can still see him and affect miracles from her place up there. His older brother Art is a starry-eyed cartoonist whose wild fantasies come to life in surprising ways. Their father Khodaiji, a self-proclaimed protector-of-the-faith, thrives on the attentions (and donations) of hopeful believers. The brothers love to hang out at the home of their father's arch rival, Pressvala, the publisher of a liberal community newspaper. Art burns with unrequited love for Pressvala's oldest daughter, while Xerxes incurs the wrath of the younger daughter, who resents the attention her family showers on the motherless boy. But the real fireworks begin when ... Written by Sooni Taraporevala

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Release Date:

9 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Zizou See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Utterly charming
19 December 2008 | by trisha_guptaSee all my reviews

A gem of a film, funny and complicated and moving. The actors are so much at ease with their roles that they seem not to be performing at all, resulting in one of the most endearing depictions of family I've ever seen. The relationships are all carefully and lovingly etched - between Boman Presswala (Boman Irani, enjoying himself to the hilt as always - watch him when he's practicing dance steps) and his wife Mahabanu (the pitch-perfect Zenobia Shroff - where has she been hiding all this while?); between Zizou (Jahan Battiwala, who does a great job of being believably vulnerable without being a goody-goody kid) and his elder brother Art (Imaad Shah's finally found a role that he seems to fit right into, after the travails of Yun Hota To Kya Hota and Dil, Dosti, etc); between Mahabanu and her mother (Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, who turns in an absolutely brilliant performance as the slightly batty, but still full of joie de vivre mother). Not to be missed.

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