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Cheeni Kum: Sweet and sarcastic

Ad man R Balakrishnan's debut Hindi film Cheeni Kum is a "sarcastic love story", reports Kshama Rao.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 18:43 IST

Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu are paired together for R Balakrishnan’s (national creative director, Lintas) debut Hindi film Cheeni Kum, produced by Sunil Manchanda.

Bachchan sports a new pony-tailed look and before you ask Balki (as he’s fondly known in the ad circles) if Bachchan is playing an advertising guy considering his hairstyle and he says, “No, in fact Amitji is playing a chef.” Balki describes the film as “a sarcastic love story between the two characters played by Amitji and Tabu.”

Balki has written the story “which I narrated to Amitji about a year and a half ago and that’s how we got working.”

He says the reason he calls it a sarcastic love story is because “it suits the sarcasm, the coldness, the warmth and a certain kind of humour – you know those who have interacted with Amitji for some time would know what it is — I call it the Amitabh Bachchan way which I have tried to capture in the film.” As for Tabu “she is one of the fantastic actresses we have today and teaming her with Amitji for the first time seemed a great idea.

 
 A pony-tail sporting Amitabh Bachchan and Zohra Sehgal in a still from Cheeni Kum

Zohra Sehgal and Paresh Rawal play the other two key characters in the film.”

Ilayaraja “the God of music for me” has composed the music and “P C Shriram, who’s shot most of Mani Ratnam’s films is the cameraman,” he adds.

The film, says Balki, would be ready by the year-end and will be shot in Delhi and London as well as Mumbai.

Ask Balki why he calls the film Cheeni Kum and he says “because it’s a love story with less sugar in it.”

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 10:00 IST