Keep the sweeteners low. Low fat, high sarcasm. No mush. No overt display of emotions. Rather put in some tingly humour. And spin the story around some ironical situations. The recipe of â€˜Cheeni Kumâ€™ is ready.
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, Paresh Rawal
I don’t think light romantic comedy is easy to do – at all – and this movie does it very well — there’s not a sloppy or wince-inducing moment . Moreover there’s the pleasure of a love story between grownup characters, an especially rare pleasure. Tabu and AB are really good together – it’s nice to see them both matched in terms of their size, for one thing, and Tabu emanates the kind of intelligent, self-confident, unsentimental, serious young woman who often is happiest with an older man — like Jo in Little Women.
The boy is actually a 64 year old man, Amitabh Bachchan – Buddhadev Gupta. The girl is a 34 year old woman, Tabu – Nina Verma
Buddhadev Gupta is the 64 year old chef cum owner of London’s top Indian restaurant. He lives with his 85 year old mother and his only friend and confidante is his 9 year old neighbour – Sexy. Buddhadev Gupta is an arrogant, egoistic, pompous man with a singular passion in life – cooking. A confirmed bachelor who has never been in love.
Until…Nina Verma walks into his restaurant and life.
Nina Verma is a beautiful, charming, Indian woman. Cool, calm, quiet, always smiling, but independent and strong willed.
Two extremes…in age, character and attitude. Meet and against all odds fall in love. They decide to get married. And, like any Indian man, Buddhadev Gupta respectfully comes to ask Nina’s father, a true Gandhian, living in Delhi, for her hand.
Sweet…Just one problem…
Mr. Omprakash Verma, Nina’s father is 58 years old 6 years younger than Buddhadev Gupta, his would be son-in-law.