Cheeni Kum

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Cheeni Kum (literally, less sugar) is a Hindi film made by Director R. Balki, also renowned as an Ad Film-Maker and currently is the Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of (India). It is an unconventional love story between a 34-year-old woman and an older man of 64. This film released on 25 May 2007.


The film opens in the kitchen of Spice 6, an (fictitious) Indian restaurant in London. Waiters, busboys and chefs are busy at work taking orders, preparing food and serving up a storm. At the center of this restaurant is an ornery head chef, Buddhadev Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan), presiding over "London's best Indian restaurant". He is quick to fire a sous chef on the spot for making a small mistake. And he launches into a grand speech about the rise of the restaurant to prominence, the art of cooking, how it stirs all the senses and about the discipline and commitment required to maintain its stature.

One of the waiters, affectionately called Colgate (in reference to the brand of toothpaste) and incessantly teased because of his protruding front teeth, brings back a Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao. A patron sends it back, claiming it has too much sugar; "cheeni zyada hai." As a meat dish, it should not have any of the sugar which, unbeknownst to Buddhadev, a sous chef had accidentally added. The great Buddhadev is enraged. He brings it back to the table and upbraids the patrons. The patrons quietly leave. Buddhadev returns to the kitchen muttering about low air...
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