Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||R. Balki|
|Produced by||Sunil Manchanda|
|Distributed by||MAD Entertainment Ltd.|
|Running time||140 minutes|
|Box office||23.75 crore (US$4.3 million)|
Cheeni Kum focuses on Buddhadev Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan). Buddhadev is the 64-year old chef and owner of London's top Indian restaurant, Spice 6. He lives with his 85-year old mother, and his only friend and confidante is his 9-year old neighbour, Sexy (Swini Khara). Buddhadev Gupta is an arrogant, ego-centric, pompous man with a singular passion in life—cooking. He is a confirmed bachelor who has never been in love until 34-year old Nina Verma (Tabu) walks into his restaurant and life. Nina is a beautiful and charming Indian woman. Cool, calm, quiet, always smiling, but independent and strong willed. The two extreme in age, character, and attitude meet and against all odds fall in love. They decide to get married, and, like any Indian man, Buddhadev respectfully comes to ask Nina's father, Omprakash Verma (Paresh Rawal), who is a true Gandhian, living in Delhi, for her hand. The main problem here is the Buddhadev is older than Nina's father.
- Amitabh Bachchan as Buddha-Dev Gupta
- Tabu as Nina Verma
- Paresh Rawal as Omprakash Verma
- Zohra Sehgal as Buddhadev's mother
- Swini Khara as Sexy
- Vinay Jain as Sexy's father
- Alexx ONell as English Waiter
|Soundtrack album by Ilayaraja|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1||Cheeni Kum||Shreya Ghoshal||Adapted from "Mandram Vantha" from the Tamil film Mouna Raagam|
|2||Sooni Sooni||Vijay Prakash||Adapted from "Mandram Vantha" from the Tamil film Mouna Raagam|
|3||Baatein Hawaa||Amitabh Bachchan, [Shreya Ghoshal||Adapted tune from Kuzhaloodhum kannanukku’ from the Tamil film Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu|
|4||Jaane Do||Shreya Goshal||Adapted from ‘Jotheyali Jothe Jotheyali’ from Kannada film, Geetha (1981). A later version of the same is "Vizhiyile Undan vizhiyile" from Tamil film, Nooravathu Naal (1984)|
Critical Reception 
Cheeni Kum received positive reviews. Anurag Anand of Wogma gave the movie 4/5 stars, saying that "All in all, Cheeni Kum is a movie that should certainly be watched. The movie has one or two small sequences (though comical), which may warrant parental discretion, so decide for yourselves if you would like to take your kids along." Martin D'Souza of Glamsham gave the movie 4/5 stars, concluding that "There’s a dash of sweetness (Tabu), the right amount of spice (Amitabh), a proper dose of lime (Paresh Rawal), perfect quantity of salt (‘sexy’) and tadka (provided by Zohra Sehgal). A clean entertainer which can be watched by the entire family." Raja Sen of Rediff gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, stating that "This isn't a groundbreaking film, but it didn't set out to be. It's a maturely written film with great characters, tremendous performances and some fantastic moments. It could have been perfect, but the lesser said about that end the better. Watch it. A brilliant sequence involving the chef, a chemist, chhatris and chachas is absolute movie magic, and in itself well worth the price of admission. Bravo." Naresh Kumar Deoshi of Apun Ka Choice gave the movie 3/5 stars, saying that "The movie, featuring Amitabh Bachchan in yet another brilliant performance, not just entertains you with its sarcastic humour, it also touches your heart with its emotional moments. Do not miss this sugarfree spread." Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 3/5 stars, concluding that "On the whole, CHEENI KUM is absorbing in parts. A lackluster first half gets a boost with a much energetic second half and that elevates the film to the watchable level. At the box-office, CHEENI KUM is targeted at the multiplexes mainly. Clever promos and feel-good vibes should ensure a positive run at the multiplexes." On the contrary, Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the movie 2/5 stars, stating that "So I'll go with two out of five for R Balki's Cheeni Kum, it's an average entertainer at best. If you're a die-hard Bachchan fan, do give it a shot because he doesn't disappoint. How you wish the film didn't either!" However calling a little girl 'sexy' is inappropriate. And even her father calling her by that name. the moviemakers must have thought that the word 'Sexy' is used in Britain a lot, but they failed to understand that it is NEVER used to describe a small child.
Box Office 
- Anurag Anand. "Review - Cheeni Kum: A non-syrupy delight!". Wogma.
- Martin D'Souza. "Cheeni Kum Movie Review - Glamsham". Glamsham.
- Raja Sen. "BigB-ittersweet Symphony". Rediff.
- Naresh Kumar Deoshi. "CHEENI KUM MOVIE REVIEW: Sugar-free Sarcasm". Apun Ka Choice.
- Taran Adarsh. "Cheeni Kum Hindi Movie Critic Review by Taran Adarsh - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama.
- Rajeev Masand. "Masand's verdict: Cheeni Kum". CNN-IBN.
- "Box Office 2007". Box Office India.