Cheeni Kum

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Cheeni Kum
Cheeni Kum poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byR. Balki
Written byR. Balki
Produced bySunil Manchanda
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Tabu
Paresh Rawal
Zohra Sehgal
Swini Khara
CinematographyP. C. Sreeram
Edited byChandan Arora
Music byIlaiyaraja
Production
company
MAD Entertainment Ltd.
Distributed byEros International
Release dates
  • 21 May 2007 (2007-05-21) (Cannes)
  • 22 May 2007 (2007-05-22) (Leicester Square)
  • 25 May 2007 (2007-05-25) (India)
Running time
140 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget₹11 crore[1]
Box officeest.₹32.03 crore[2]

Cheeni Kum (Hindi for Less Sugar) is a 2007 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy film directed by R. Balki and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, Paresh Rawal, Zohra Sehgal and Swini Khara.

Cheeni Kum premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival on 21 May 2007,[3] and premiered at the Leicester Square on 22 May 2007[4] and it released theatrically on 25 May 2007. Made on a production budget of ₹11 crore, it grossed a total of ₹32.3 crore at the box office, thus proving to be a commercial success. It received positive reviews from critics upon release, with praise for its direction, story, screenplay, dialogues, soundtrack and performances of the cast.

At the 53rd Filmfare Awards, Cheeni Kum received 1 award – Best Actress (Critics) (Tabu).

Plot[edit]

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 (Zohra Sehgal) and his only friend and confidante is his 9-year-old neighbor, 'Sexy' (Swini Khara) who is diagnosed with cancer. Buddhadev 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 his life. Nina is a beautiful and charming Indian woman. Cool, calm, quiet, always smiling but independent and strong willed. The two contrasting 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 that Buddhadev is older than Nina's father. Omprakash is horrified when Buddhadev asks his daughter's hand and refuses. He attempts to dissuade his daughter by going on a Gandhi-like hunger strike. Omprakash finally realizes his mistake and lets Nina have her way.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Cheeni Kum
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMay 2007
Recorded2006–2007
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelEros Music
ProducerIlayaraja

The score and soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The songs had their tunes re-used from the composer's earlier songs in other languages, while the arrangements were fresh - such as "Jaane Do Na" was re-used version of the song "Jotheyali" from the 1981 Kannada movie Geetha.

Track No Song Singer Notes
1 "Cheeni Kum"(Female) Shreya Ghoshal based on "Mandram Vantha Thendralukku" from Mouna Ragam
2 "Baatein Hawa"(Duet) Amitabh Bachchan, Shreya Ghoshal
3 "Jaane Do Na" Shreya Ghoshal
4 "Sooni Sooni"(Male) Vijay Prakash
5 "Baatein Hawa"(Solo) Shreya Ghoshal

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

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 Bachchan), a proper dose of lime (Paresh Rawal), the perfect quantity of salt (Swini Khara) and a spoonful of tadka (Zohra Sehgal). A clean entertainer which can be watched by the entire family."[5] 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."[6] 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 humor, it also touches your heart with its emotional moments. Do not miss this sugar-free spread."[7] 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."[8] 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!"[9]

Box office[edit]

Cheeni Kum was a hit at the box office, grossing 237.5 million (US$3.0 million), despite taking a poor opening. The movie collected 169.7 million (US$2.1 million) net in its lifetime.[10]

Accolades[edit]

Award[a] Date of ceremony[b] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Filmfare Awards 16 February 2008 Best Actress (Critics) Tabu Won [11]
International Indian Film Academy Awards 6 – 8 June 2008 Best Actress Nominated [12]
Best Supporting Actress Zohra Sehgal Nominated
Best Story R. Balki Nominated
Producers Guild Film Awards 30 March 2008 Best Film Cheeni Kum Nominated [13]
Best Actor Amitabh Bachchan Nominated
Best Actress Tabu Nominated
Best Story R. Balki Nominated
Best Dialogue Nominated
Screen Awards 10 January 2008 Most Promising Debut Director Nominated [14]
[15]
Best Actor Amitabh Bachchan Nominated
Best Actor (Critics) Won
Best Actress Tabu Nominated
Best Actress (Critics) Won
Stardust Awards 25 January 2008 Hottest Young Film Maker R. Balki Nominated [16]
Actor of the Year – Male Amitabh Bachchan Nominated
Actor of the Year – Female Tabu Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Zohra Sehgal Nominated
Breakthrough Performance – Female Swini Khara Nominated
Zee Cine Awards 26 April 2008 Most Promising Debut Director R. Balki Nominated [17]
Best Actor – Male Amitabh Bachchan Nominated
Best Actor – Female Tabu Nominated
Most Promising Debut Child Artist Swini Khara Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Awards, festivals and organizations are in alphabetical order.
  2. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cut the fluff, just love me". LiveMint. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Cheeni Kum Box Office". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Cheeni Kum to premiere at Cannes 2007". BBC. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Spotted: Amitabh at a premiere in London". Rediff.com. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  5. ^ D'Souza, Martin. "Cheeni Kum Movie Review". glamsham. Archived from the original on 15 May 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ Raja Sen. "BigB-ittersweet Symphony". Rediff.
  7. ^ Naresh Kumar Deoshi. "CHEENI KUM MOVIE REVIEW: Sugar-free Sarcasm". Apun Ka Choice. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012.
  8. ^ Taran Adarsh. "Cheeni Kum Hindi Movie Critic Review by Taran Adarsh – Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama.
  9. ^ Rajeev Masand. "Masand's verdict: Cheeni Kum". CNN-IBN. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Box Office 2007". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Winners of 53rd Annual Filmfare Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Bollywood Hungama News Network. 23 February 2008. Archived from the original on 22 November 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Nominations for the IIFA Awards 2008". Bollywood Hungama. Bollywood Hungama News Network. 16 April 2008. Archived from the original on 8 March 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  13. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (14 March 2008). "Nominations for 3rd Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 21 September 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  14. ^ "Nominees for 14th Annual Screen Awards". Bollywood Hungama. IndiaFM News Bureau. 2 January 2008. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  15. ^ "Winners of 14th Annual Star Screen Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Bollywood Hungama News Network. 11 January 2008. Archived from the original on 23 October 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  16. ^ "Nominations for Max Stardust Awards 2008". Bollywood Hungama. Bollywood Hungama News Network. 25 December 2007. Archived from the original on 23 October 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  17. ^ "Nominations for the Zee Cine Awards 2008". Bollywood Hungama. Bollywood Hungama News Network. 1 April 2008. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2022.

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