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Bollywood superstar Big B in comedy role in Cheeni Kum

Having recently watched Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchans inimitable performance in a romantic movie Nishabd (speechless), Big B fans will watch him again, this time playing a comedy in the latest film Cheeni Kum.

By Sushil Pareek

Mumbai, May 25 : Having recently watched Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan's inimitable performance in a romantic movie "Nishabd" (speechless), Big B fans will watch him again, this time playing a comedy in the latest film "Cheeni Kum".

Though having a similarity of an aged person running after a young woman, the latest film "Cheeni Kum" (less sugar) is believed to leave movie-goers in peels of laughter.

The entire film cast of Cheeni Kum was present at the premier show held here on Thursday. Lead actors Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu's presence delighted one and all.

"Cheeni Kum" is said to be love story of a 64-year-old arrogant chef (Amitabh) cum owner of London's top Indian restaurant and a 34-year-old Indian tourist (Tabu) who continuously squabbles and disagrees until their heart grows fonder.

According to film director R. Balkrishnan, a veteran maker of advertisements shorts, the film is sarcastic in approach.

"The main character... Amitabh Bachchan... is a cynic. And all the relationships in the film aren't the usual goody-goody ones. They have been presented in a very sarcastic manner. And that is what results in comedy as well," said Balkrishnan.

Makers of "Cheeni Kum" (Less Sugar) are hoping their film will click because it's a chaste comedy, a genre that has tasted success in Bollywood over the last two years.

Bachchan plays the role of a confirmed bachelor who lives with his 85-year-old mother. His only friend and confidante is a nine-year-old neighbour.

An arrogant, egoistic and pompous Bachchan has cooking as his only passion in life. Bachchan's initial encounters with the heroine, played by Tabu, are fraught with tension.

But they fall in love against all odds. And, finally visits the girl's father, who is six years younger than the prospective groom!

Speaking at the premier, Tabu, who has already won laurels for her impressive performance in comedy films like "Chachi 420" and "Hera Pheri", said the latest film has a different appeal.

"I had an idea that it (Cheeni Kum) would come up very fresh and different. And, that's exactly what I am feeling today. I'm feeling very nice today and good and very relaxed for some strange reason," Tabu said.

About acting with Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu said it has been a big pleasure.

"It's really gracious that he appreciates my work so much and for me it's a thing of pride. It's a big moment for me when he does that. What can I say about him? I don't need to say anything about him," she said.

Bachchan said the film is unlike the run-of-the-mill Bollywood love stories.

"The script is different and there is a change in the way the director has treated it. Generally, a love story has a girl, a boy, a father and maybe a third person that makes a love triangle... this film has nothing of that sort."

Producers of the movie are hopeful the film will appeal to conservative audiences.

Earlier, Bachchan-starrer "Nishabd", a film based on the controversial Russian novel Lolita, had flopped at the box office.

Bachchan says, though both films revolve around relationships between an older man with a younger woman, they are completely different from each other.

"It's crazy to think that both films are like each other. Firstly, why would I work in two films that are similar to each other? Secondly, this thought process is wrong. The only similarity is that there is a huge age difference between the protagonists in both films, that's all. After that "Nishabd" and "Cheeni Kum" are two different movies altogether," said Bachchan.

Bollywood analysts say despite the theme of an older man romancing a younger woman, the film could find acceptance if it steers clear of any overt sexuality to which Indian audiences still remain sensitive.

"Cheeni Kum" hit theatres across India on Friday (May 25).


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