Cheeni Kum (literally, less sugar) is a Bollywood film being made by advertising executive and debutant director Balkrishnan. The story is being touted as a sarcastic love story.
Amitabh Bachchan is playing the role of the old man and Tabu is playing the role of a young woman. This happens to be the first new movie to be signed by Amitabh after recovering from his illness in 2006.
The film's shoot has started on 6 April 2006 and is supposed to be completed in 3 months. Ilaiyaraaja is composing the score for the film and it marks his return to Bollywood film music after a long break. A part of the film is shot at Qutub Minar in New Delhi.
Buddhadev Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) 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. 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 (Tabu) 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 dec ide 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.Mr. Omprakash Verma (Paresh Rawal) , Nina's father is 58 years old 6 years younger than Buddhadev Gupta, his would be son-in-law. How Gupta persuades Verma to avoid looking at the age boundaries and on his true love for his daughter.......
Music director, Ilaiyaraaja, has composed the musical score for the movie. This film marks his Bollywood comeback after a long break. Cheeni Kum is releasing in the UK cinemas by EROS International this April.