Little Zizou

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Little Zizou
Little Zizou Poster.jpg
Directed bySooni Taraporevala
Written bySooni Taraporevala
Produced by
Edited by
Music by
Distributed byIndian Films
Release dates
  • 9 November 2008 (2008-11-09) (United States)
  • 13 March 2009 (2009-03-13) (India)

Little Zizou is a 2008 Indian drama film written and directed by Sooni Taraporevala.[1][2][3] Little Zizou is a comedy about how two battling Mumbai families finally come to terms.

Little Zizou won the "Rajat Kamal" of 'National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare' category at the 56th National Film Awards.[4][5]


Xerxes, 'Little Zizou' as he is known, is an eleven-year-old football-crazy Parsi boy whose fervent wish is that his idol, Zinedine Zidane, visit Mumbai. His older brother Artaxerxes, or Art, is a talented artist whose wild fantasies come to life in surprising ways. Their father Khodaiji is a self-proclaimed protector-of-the-faith who thrives on the attentions (and donations) of hopeful believers.

Art burns with unrequited love for the daughter of Khodaiji's arch rival, Pressvala, a free thinking newspaper publisher. And to the extreme displeasure of their other daughter, Xerxes adores the maternal Mrs Pressvala. But the real fireworks begin when Pressvala writes a scathing critique of Khodaiji and public reaction is widespread. As the two households fight, life becomes complicated. Liana ( the younger daughter), finally lets Xerxes be her friend. Khodaiji shuts down Presswala's office. Presswala gets a heart attack. Will Khodaiji reform his ways? Will Pressvala let Art be Zenobe's ( the older daughter)?[clarification needed] This is what forms the rest of the story.


Actor Role
Boman Irani Boman Pressvala
Jahan Battivala Xerxes Khodaiji
Iyanah Bativala Liana Pressvala
Sohrab Ardeshir Cyrus II Khodaiji
Imaad Shah Artaxerxes Khodaiji
Shernaz Patel Miss Patel
Zenobia Shroff Roxanne Pressvala
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal Majestic Grandmother
Kunal Vijaykar Kunal
Tknow Francorsi Tito Fellini
Kurush Deboo Kurush Chief Disciple
Kamal Sidhu Alka Mehta
Dilshad Patel Zenobia Pressvala
John Abraham Arjun (Special Appearance)[6][7]



Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express praised the performances of cast and called it "a film to be savoured".[8]


  1. ^ "Sooni Taraporevala's new film LITTLE ZIZOU: Website launch & NYC festival screening". Zagny. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Deepa Mehta's film to open film fest in New York". Hindustan Times. Press Trust of India (PTI). 22 September 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008.[dead link]
  3. ^ "From Salaam Bombay to Little Zizou". Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  4. ^ "56th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  5. ^ "56th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  6. ^ "John Abraham to play Parsi boy in Little Zizou". Bollywood Mantra. 20 February 2008. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  7. ^ "Little Zizou". India Post. 22 June 2008. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  8. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (13 March 2009). "Movie Review: Little Zizou". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 June 2021.

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