Of need for love and adult films: 7 life lessons from Cheeni Kum
It is totally appropriate to call a 10-year-old ‘Sexy’ if she has been diagnosed with cancer.
Cheeni Kum, R Balki’s 2007 movie starring Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu, was one of the most refreshing stories told by Bollywood that year. It was the story of a 64-year-old Indian chef in London in love with a woman half his age and the ordeals he had to go through to get her dad to accept him as son-in-law (a man six years his senior).
It is definitely one of the more mature movies of Hindi cinema and if you haven’t watched it, we advise that you do.
The movie gave us a fresh perspective on a lot of things and here, we have tried to list a few.
1. If desperate for love, add a little extra sugar to somebody’s dinner
Well it did work for Amitabh Bachchan! Some extra sugar in Tabu’s Zafrani Pulav and the woman HAD to confront him about it. But if you look at it as a metaphor, adding a little sweetness in somebody’s life can work wonders.
2. It is totally appropriate to call a 10-year-old ‘Sexy’ if she has been diagnosed with cancer
Let’s get this clear, calling a 10-year-old ‘Sexy’ can land you in a soup but calling a 10-year-old cancer patient ‘Sexy’ is alright. We don’t really follow but we guess if Bollywood is saying that it is alright then goddamn it, it is alright.
3. Showing a kid ‘A-rated’ movies is chill if she has been diagnosed with cancer
Kid to 64-year-old: I wanna watch adult movies because I have cancer. I wanna, I wanna, I wannnnnnaaaaah!
64-year-old to kid: ... No problem brah!
Apparently all is forgiven if you’ve got cancer.
4. Do not depend on your friends if you wanna get some action with bae
It didn’t end well for our protagonists. Tabu pulls the ‘Netflix and chill’ card with Amitabh, citing that her roommate will not be home tonight and that he should come over. Amitabh is soaring high in the sky on hearing this. He looks so fly, his white suit on point, his sexy glasses on fleek but then she calls him to say that her roommate is back. There is no bigger disappointment than that of a man on fire. Next time, book a hotel. Sure it is shady, but when you gotta, you gotta.
5. Gandhi Ji’s teachings may not always work
Paresh Rawal should know. He sat on a ‘bhookh hadtal’ to stop his daughter from marrying the ‘budhau’. However, logic won over black mail at the end. Gandhi Ji taught us a lot many things, one of which was to not be an irrational idiot.
6. Life is a heartless bitch
As soon as you think your life is finally sorted, some other shit will definitely go down. As soon as your father-in-law will accept you for his daughter, your only 10-year-old friend with cancer will die. Seriously life, you’re the worst.
7. Zohra Sehgal was and will always be the cutest granny in the entire history of grannies
Life regret #453: Never got to cuddle with Zohra Sehgal. She must have smelled like fabric softeners and happiness.