Cheeni Kum (2007)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 9 mins

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Spiced with a delicious mix of romance, emotions and humour, this offbeat romantic comedy revolves around an uptight 64-year-old grouch, Buddhadev Gupta. He lives a fairly cushy and contented life 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 only 34 years of age, and Buddhadev is six years, ironically, even older than Nina's dad. When Nina and Buddhadev insist on getting married, her Gandhian dad decides to undertake a fast unto death (satyagraha). The question remains, will Buddhadev and Nina continue their relationship, and how will this satyagraha impact Mr. Verma's life? Will Nina and Buddhadev find a way to set things right and stay together?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu Hashmi

Crew: R Balki (Director), PC Sreeram (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Release Dates: 25 May 2007 (India)

Tagline: A sugar-free romance.

Hindi Name: चीनी कम

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Did you know? The script was written two-and-a-half years before it started production. Read More
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as Buddhadev Gupta
as Nina Verma
as English Waiter
as Nosey London neighbour
as Nosey Neighbour
Supporting Actor
as Shalini
as Colgate
as Seema
as Verma
as Man in Street
as Girl with Umbrella / Restaurant Diner
as Sexy
as Sexy's Father
as Mrs. Gupta




Screenplay Writer
Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Music Label
Playback Singer


Dubbing & Premix Engineer
Audio Assistant


Art Director


Casting Director
Casting Assistant


Supervising Editor

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Coordinator
Visual Effects Assistant
Visual Effects Artist
Digital Compositor


Transportation Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Spoken Languages:
English, German
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital EX, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Label: Eros Music
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Sameer Pandey
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Sameer Pandey
Playback Singer: Shreya Ghoshal
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Sameer Pandey
Playback Singer: Shreya Ghoshal
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Sameer Pandey
Playback Singer: Shreya Ghoshal
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Sameer Pandey
Playback Singer: Vijay Prakash
A sugar-free romance.
The script was written two-and-a-half years before it started production.

Shooting was completed in 45 days.

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.

Art Director Julie Bonnet recreated the whole London restaurant on a studio set.

This movie marks R. Balki's directional debut.

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"

At the end of every take Zohra Segal used to ask R. Balki where her whiskey was. On her birthday, Amitabh Bachchan presented her a crate of champagne and she was overjoyed.

R. Balki wanted Amitabh Bachchan to support a ponytail for his character; Amitabh Bachchan was asked by the media who's idea was the ponytail, to which he said "This was Balki's idea, he himself does not have any ponytail so he made his character sport them."

All the tracks composed by Ilayaraja have been used by him in Tamil and Kannada cinema. Ilayaraja recycled his original work and polished them up for this movie.

The film was shown at Cannes for a private screening with the cast and crew's close associates and some media people, before the national release date.
Movie Connection(s):
References: Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (Hindi)
References: Devdas (Hindi)