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Desperation to be with his only child forces a divorced man to take the guise of the child's nanny. Situations get really messy when the child's grandfather (the man's ex-father-in-law) falls in love with his disguised ex-son-in-law.

Director:

Kamal Haasan

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Gulzar (dialogue), Kamal Haasan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamal Haasan ... Jaiprakash Paswan / Laxmi Godbhole (as Padmashri Kamal Haasan)
Amrish Puri ... Durgaprasad Bhardwaj
Om Puri ... Banwarilal Pandey
Tabu ... Janki Paswan
Johnny Walker ... Joseph (as Johny Walker)
Paresh Rawal ... Hariharan 'Haribhai'
Nassar ... Siraj Akhtar (as Nasser)
Ayesha Jhulka ... Ratna
Atul Agnihotri ... Himself (in song "Gare Dore")
Ritu Shivpuri ... Herself (in song "Gare Dore")
Raj Zutshi ... Dr. Rohit (as Raj Zutchi)
Raghuram Raghuram
Abaswaram Ramjhi Abaswaram Ramjhi
Madhan Bob Madhan Bob ... (as Madan Bob)
R.S. Shivaji ... Driver
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Storyline

Wealthy Janki falls in love with poor Jaiprakash, much to the displeasure of her parents, and ends up getting married, and living with her husband. She subsequently gives birth to a daughter. Differences surface between the couple, and Janki leaves Jaiprakash and moves back in with her parents. Jaiprakash wants to see his daughter, but is prevented by Durgaprasad, Janki's dad, so he assumes the guise of a woman, calls himself Laxmi, and starts working as a nanny for his daughter. Complications arise when Durgaprasad gets attracted to Laxmi and wants to marry 'her'. Written by Carrie

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

19 December 1997 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trickster Aunt See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,521,679
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Trivia

Johnny Walker only agreed to come out of retirement because Kamal Haasan personally requested him to do the film. See more »

Quotes

[about the new mute chef]
Banwarilal Pandey: Can he cook whatever we write to him?
Laxmi: Why would you want to write it to him?
Banwarilal Pandey: Because he is mute.
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Connections

Remake of Avvai Shanmugi (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Macarena
(uncredited)
Performed by Los del Río
Licensed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Written by Antonio Romero, Rafael Ruiz, Carlos De Yarza and Mike Triay
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Spain, S.A (SGAE) BMG Music Publishing Spain S.A (SGAE) and Nuevas Ediciones,
S.A (SGAE)
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An exciting watch ...Full of fun and laughter
9 May 2019 | by activatebhargavSee all my reviews

Kamal Haasan has directed this superb movie where he disguises as a woman to win back his ex-wife and daughter from the father in law. It has many funny and extremely hilarious moments throughout the movie and is my go to movie multiple number of times. The music by Vishal Bhardwaj is like a breath of fresh air and add to it the lyrics of Gulzaar sahab provide an subtle touche. Kamal Hassan has excelled in the titular character and is a complete genius. The support cast with their perfect comic timing are a treat to watch.. Kudos to Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Nassar and Paresh Rawal. They keep the humor going throughout. Worth repeat watching!


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