Cheeni Kum - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

Cheeni Kum comes across as the perfect recipe for the weekend. Great performances, great dialogues, hilarious situations, well-defined characters, great visuals…the ingredients are all there.



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26 reviewers have given Cheeni Kum an average rating of 3.4/5.0 (?)

12 yays
3 nays
11 so-so

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Thumbs up by N K Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ... The movie... Not just entertains you with its sarcastic humour, it also touches your heart with its emotional moments. ... It charts a narrow course by telling a bittersweet tale of romance...... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...But there’s no doubt Cheeni Kum marks the arrival of a fresh voice – if only for how much of it feels like the work of a writer-director (and not merely a director)...Balki really knows how to subvert your expectations of a scene. I rolled my eyes when Zohra Sehgal is shown enjoying a WWF-style show on TV... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjay Ram, Business of Cinema ...Cheeni Kum accomplishes a lot more than one initially expects it to. The story and screenplay is fresh. The film’s variety of characters and thought levels takes you to a new plane all together. The bond between each character has been beautifully scripted and expressed through the medium of cinema.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...CHEENI KUM is a cool film laced with good humour. I would call it a mature romance between two very mature adults who know very well what they are getting into and why.... full review

Thumbs up by Abhijit Mhamunkar, ...R.Balki mixes a perfect blend of happy and sad emotions. ... The freshness Balki brings in his approach towards handling the most important moments of the film will be appreciated by all.... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...Director Balki has stepped away from the way romance is usually portrayed in Hindi films and succeeds in making the otherwise difficult-to-swallow love story between an older man and a woman thirty years his junior, edible.... full review

Thumbs up by Manisha Vardhan, Movie Talkies ...There are no explanations offered and neither do we bother to ask why this old man didn't get married and why does this woman choose to fall in love with him? It just happens and it is such a change from the laboured, saccharine sweet love stories of yore.... full review

Thumbs up by Prachi Singh, MovieWalah ...The debutant director (R. Balki) has weaved out a lovable blend of storytelling, though the ending could have been a little more constricted… (But hmmmmm…, never mind!!!!)…... full review

Thumbs up by Ashok Nayak, Now ...On the whole, Cheeni Kum is less of sweetness but definitely is a delicious dish. The concept is more likely to attract elite and modern class of audience and lovers of offbeat subjects would relish.... full review

Thumbs up by Full2Faltu, Passion for Cinema ...The movie manages to linger in your memory after the movie like the introduction between Tabu and Amitabh and the look on Amitabh Bachchan’s face when he gets the Pulao from Tabu... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The crackling first half coasts along wonderfully, relying almost solely on Bachchan's formidable charm. The second half sees trouble with a hammy third act.... full review

Thumbs up by Satyajit, ...The film may not be as hilarious or comical as 'Bheja Fry' or 'Pyar Ke Side Effects', but does deliver the needful in a two and half hour package. The film has towering and reliable acting talents who make this an entertaining show...'Cheeni Kum' works as a cerebral comedy... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, Cybernoon ...All the characters drop clever wisecracks all the time and seem incapable of having a normal conversation. After a while when the charm of the May-December romance wears off, the one-liners turn into platitudes and the film collapses like a soufflé made by an apprentice cook.... full review

So-So by Angel Rani, Deccan Herald ...A little drama creeps in and dilutes the ‘sugar-free’ story towards the end. But with a fresh Bachchan and Tabu on the menu, the meal is appetising enough. Go taste it.... full review

So-So by Taran Adarsh, ...In a nutshell, a film like CHEENI KUM signifies the winds of change in Bollywood. An effort like this is sure to find its share of bouquets and brickbats. The elite wouldn't mind the film, the commoners might.... full review

So-So by Renuka Vyavahare, indiatimes ... I wish the length of ‘Cheeni Kum’ was ‘kum’ too, as it spoils the otherwise well crafted love story enacted by two brilliant actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu.... full review

So-So by Gayatri Makhijani, M TV ...Worldy wise, the movie is at best a wondrous feel-gooder and at worst a dash of humour gone awry...R. Balakrishnan’s directorial debut should charm you, but be warned: hardly leaves besotted.... full review

So-So by Amit R Agarwal, merinews ...The problem with ‘Cheeni Kum’ is that it is a pure satirical comedy. People with a sense of humor will enjoy it, while those looking for slapstick will miss the humor (that makes for most of the Indians).... full review

So-So by Lidia Ostepeev, Planet Bollywood ...Cheeni Kum is definitely a vehicle for Amitabh Bachchan and this where the emphasis of the film is wrong. It should be a vehicle for the relationship between the characters portrayed by Tabu and Amitabh Bachchan. Other actors should not exist merely to showcase the star; they should be there to contribute to the internal logic of the narrative.... full review

So-So by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...Overall, the film can watched for some good performances. The film is due to bore you in the first half but the second half manages to pace up things.... full review

So-So by Naomi Datta, Times Now ...The problem with Cheeni Kum is that it takes too much time to set up the plot, so it plods along gently and a little too unhurried for our liking. And from time to time, you do want to tell them to just get on with it!... full review

So-So by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ... The two actors complement each other beautifully as they build up the unconventional attachment. The only weak link in this drama seems to be Paresh Rawal... The film suddenly loses its drive when the dad goes on a silly satyagraha to drive home his protest.... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...Perhaps the most overwritten script to hit your year drums in ears (see what so much excessive dialogue can do), R Balki’s Cheeni Kum is a curio – you like it in moments, you hate it in many more moments... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Well, what happens eventually is that the director and the writers fall so much in love with their own clever lines that they completely overdo it.... full review

Thumbs down Upper Stall ...Cheeni Kum's biggest asset also turns out to be its biggest liability - Amitabh Bachchan. Make no mistake. The actor is in fine form and delivers yet again but writer-director Balki seems to have forgotten that Bachchan apart, there are other elements too that make up a film in totality - a coherent screenplay for one.... full review