Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) is a 64 year old chef and owner of London's
top Indian restaurant. He lives with his 85 year old mother and his
only best friend being his 9 year old neighbour.
Gupta is an arrogant, egoistic, pompous man with a singular passion
in life - cooking.
has been a bachelor all these years and has never been in love until
Nina Verma (Tabu), a 34 years old, walks into his restaurant and
into his life.
is a beautiful and a charming woman. Cool, calm, and always smiling,
she is independent and strong willed by nature.
two extremes in age, character and attitude meet and against all
odds, fall in love. The couple decide to get married. And, like
any man, Mr Gupta respectfully comes to ask Nina's father for her
there is a problem. Mr. Verma, Nina's father is 58 years old and
6 years younger than Mr Gupta, his would be son-in-law.
indoor scenes of the movie have been shot in Mumbai's Film City
and Qutub Minar in New Delhi whilst the out door shoot took place
in London last summer.
Bachchan will be seen with a ponytail in Cheeni Kum (meaning less
sugar). According to the director, it was a requirement for Mr Bachchan's
Bachchan will also be seen in a similar role where an aged man is
in love with a teenager. The film titled, Nishabd, is directed by
Ram Gopal Verma.
Kum acts as a debut vehicle for director Balkrishnan who has been
an advertising executive. He describes Cheeni Kum as a sarcastic
love story between the two lead characters.
director, Ilaiyaraaja, has composed the musical score for the movie.
This film marks his Bollywood comeback after a long break.
Kum is releasing in the UK cinemas by EROS International this April.
by Manish Gajjar,
BBC Bollywood Correspondent