Cheeni Kum

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"A Sugar Free Romance"
  • 2007
  • 2 hr 16 min
  • 6.8  (5,553)

Cheeni Kum is a romantic dramedy film from 2007 directed by R. Balki, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, and Paresh Rawal. The film revolves around a 64-year-old Bengali chef named Buddhadev Gupta, played by Amitabh Bachchan, who falls in love with a 34-year-old software engineer named Nina Verma, played by Tabu. The movie explores the relationship between the two, along with the social and cultural barriers they face due to their age difference.

Buddhadev Gupta is a proud and arrogant chef who has owned and run a famous Indian restaurant named Spice 6 for the past 30 years in London. He is a widower who lost his wife at a young age and has a strained relationship with his only daughter, who lives in the United States. One day, Nina Verma walks into his restaurant with her father Omprakash Verma, played by Paresh Rawal, and they order a dish that is not on the menu. Buddhadev, being the perfectionist he is, refuses to cook it, but Nina insists and persuades him to make it. Impressed by Nina's personality, he invites her to dinner, and they get to know each other.

Although initially, they get along well, Buddhadev is thrown off when he learns about the age gap between them. Nina, on the other hand, gives him a chance and tries to convince him that age is just a number. They soon begin dating, and the rest of the movie follows their relationship and their struggle to overcome societal norms and cultural differences.

The film's script is filled with witty one-liners and well-timed jokes, which adds a comedic layer to the movie. Amitabh Bachchan's portrayal of Buddhadev Gupta is nuanced and understated, and he delivers a fantastic performance as a stubborn old man who is stuck in his ways. Tabu shines as Nina Verma, bringing life to a character who is confident and charming, and has a modern outlook on life. Paresh Rawal's portrayal of Nina's father adds to the light-heartedness of the movie, with his comical expressions and dialogue delivery.

Aside from the main characters, the movie also explores the relationship between Buddhadev and his daughter, depicting the gap between their generations and how it has affected their relationship. It also portrays the issues faced by Indian families living abroad, such as the dilemma of choosing between preserving their culture while adapting to the western lifestyle.

The movie is also visually stunning, with the scenic backdrop of London adding to the cinematic experience. The film's music by music director Illaiyaraaja is soulful and soul-stirring, with some of the best tracks in the Indian film industry.

In conclusion, Cheeni Kum is a heart-warming movie that explores love and relationships beyond age barriers. It delves into a relevant social issue with a light-hearted approach and delivers a message of acceptance and breaking away from societal norms. The movie is well-directed, well-acted, and an overall delightful watch that gives us a glimpse into the complexities of modern-day relationships.

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    2 hr 16 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (5,553)