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Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar (2002)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 November 2002 (USA)
An egoistic and overprotective father, tests his soon-to-be son in law whether he is suitable for his daughter or not. Mayhem ensues after he learns that his future son in law is not that what he imagined.


Rahul Dholakia


Raman Bharadwaj (screenplay), Neeraj Vora (dialogue)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paresh Rawal ... Ransod Rai "the Roger" Patel
Jimmy Sheirgill ... Sunder Kapoor (as Jimmy Shergill)
Kim Sharma ... Ritu Patel
Johnny Lever ... Natwar (as Jhonny Lever)
Ranjeet ... Immigration Officer
Nina Kulkarni ... Kamla Patel
Parzaan Dastur ... Danny (as Parzan Dastoor)
Dinesh Hingoo ... Drunk at party
Amneek Sandhu ... Seema
Puja Gupta ... Soni
Perry Patel Perry Patel ... Prem
Payan Mehta Payan Mehta ... Raj
Toral Mehta Toral Mehta ... Namrata Patel
Sudha Grover ... Shweta Patel
Tirlok Malik Tirlok Malik ... Dr. Hemang Patel (as Trilok Malik)


Ranshod Rai Patel is an egotistical and arrogant self-made Gujarati man who arrived from India and settled in the New York area years ago. He started his career cleaning latrines and dirty clothes, then moved on to working in a restaurant, saving enough money to own one, and then finally owned twelve. He became an extremely successful real-estate magnate, à la Donald Trump and was so big-headed that started calling himself THE Roger Patel. He got married to a woman named Kamla and they were soon proud parents of two lovely daughters, Namrata and Ritu. When the girls are grown, the overprotective Roger arranges a marriage for Namrata with a property owner, a professional Patel man named Prem. Ritu, a doctor, informs that she has met her soul mate also, Sunder Kapoor, who is part-Punjabi and part-Madrasi and is definitely not a Patel, nor a property owner, and not even a professional. But since Ritu likes him so much, he invites Sunder to spend seven days with his family in his palatial... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The first 35mm color Hindi feature film shot entirely in the USA


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Hindi | English

Release Date:

15 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Edison, New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,387, 17 November 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first Hindi film shot entirely in the USA. See more »


Ransod Rai "the Roger" Patel: [singing, translated from Hindi] A Black says, "What's up?" / Spanish Say, "¿Qué pasa?" / Among Desis, gossip is our lingo / I speak everyone's language.
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References Meet the Parents (2000) See more »


Jaane Kab Anjaane
Written by Sameer
Composed by Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit
Performed by Kavita Krishnamurthy and Kumar Sanu
Courtesy of Sony Music
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28 April 2003 | by chutneylixSee all my reviews

Note: The above recommendation refers only to people trying not to start counting hairs on their head for entertainment.

Kehta Hai Dil Baar Baar (KHDBB), another creative title from Bollywood also follows in the great tradition of copying Hollywood movies. In this case it is Meet the Parents which was a big hit in the United States. To their credit they at least picked a good movie to rip off.

The story goes like this. Sundar is a certified doctor who instead of curing people of diseases and such things, wants to attack diseases at their source: FOOD! Yes food. So he becomes a 'bawarchi' (chef) and sells healthy (!) Indian food on the streets of New York City. One day he spots Ritu Patel (Kim Sharma) who is also a doctor. The typical love story ensues after which we find out that Ritu has a very protective papa, Roger Patel (Paresh Rawal) who will only let her get married to a '3 P wala' : a Professional Patel owning Property.

Unfortunately for Sundar, he is a punjabi cum south Indian, who cooks for a living and lives in his 'India on Wheels' truck. He just does not fit into Roger's mold. And so follows the tug of war between Roger and Sundar. Things get crazier before ending, Bollywood ishtyle.

Although the story is a good one, the rest of the film is not upto the mark. Instead of being filled with jokes, the screenplay turns out to be a big joke itself. The lines are overused and simply not funny. Acting is also below par. I actually liked Jimmy Shergill in Mohabbatein. I thought he had some promise, but as Sundar he is below average. Kim Sharma is also below par but I didn't expect much from her so it wasn't a great disappointment. Paresh Rawal is one of my favorite actors. He usually brings his everything and manages to save even the worst of films (case in point: Awaara Paagal Deewana). But as 'The Roger Patel' he is also disappointing. I couldn't blame him too much though, he didn't have much to work with. Music is also below average. Some songs are hummable but have no long term potential.

So as I've said before, you don't want to watch this movie unless you have absolutely nothing else to do, taking into consideration that admiring your nails is something.

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