Khatta Meetha (1978 film)

Khatta Meetha (English: Sweet and Sour) is a 1978 Hindi film directed by Basu Chatterjee. The film stars Ashok Kumar, Rakesh Roshan, Bindiya Goswami, Pearl Padamsee, Deven Verma, David Abraham Cheulkar, Ranjit Chowdhry, Preeti Ganguly, Pradeep Kumar and Iftekhar. The film's music is by Rajesh Roshan.[1] At the 26th Filmfare Awards, Deven Verma was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for the film, but won it for Chor Ke Ghar Chor.[2] This was also the debut film of actor Ranjit Chowdhry, who later appeared in films like Basu Chatterjee's Baton Baton Mein (1979) and Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Khubsoorat (1980).

Khatta Meetha
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Directed byBasu Chatterjee
Written byBasu Chatterjee
Screenplay byBasu Chatterjee
Produced byGul Anand
Romu Sippy
StarringAshok Kumar
Pearl Padamsee
Rakesh Roshan
Bindiya Goswami
Devendra Khandelwal
Deven Verma
David Abraham Cheulkar
CinematographyA. K. Bir
Edited bySubhash Gupta
Music byRajesh Roshan
Gulzar (lyrics)
Release date
6 January 1978

The movie is loosely based on the 1968 American movie Yours, Mine and Ours.The movie was an inspiration for the 2010 comedy Golmaal 3.[3]


Homi Mistry (Ashok Kumar) is a Parsi widower who is about to retire. He lives in a small home with his four sons. Realizing that he may need emotional support and someone to take care of the house and his sons, he decides to remarry. His friend Soli (David Abraham Cheulkar) introduces him to a Parsi widow Nargis Sethna (Pearl Padamsee), who has one daughter and two sons. Hell breaks loose as both the families are informed of the alliance.[4]

How the two families learn to adjust with each other and come up with solutions for their problems forms the plot of the story.



The film has music by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics by Gulzar.

Track listEdit

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Tumse Mila Tha Pyar Kuch Achhe Naseeb The" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
3 "Ye Jeena Hai Angur Ka Dana, Katha Meetha" Kishore Kumar, Usha Mangeshkar
4 "Mummy O Mummy, Tu Kabb Saas Banegi" Kishore Kumar
5 "Roll Roll" Kishore Kumar, Amit Kumar
6 "Frenny O Frenny" Amit Kumar, Shailender Singh

Cultural referencesEdit

A TV series produced by Cinevistaas Limited on DD Metro had the same title. The title of the song, Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai by Gulzar was later used in the title of TV series, Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai (1997) and Thoda Hai Bas Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai (2010). The 2010 Hindi film, Golmaal 3, used the idea of couple with children from marrying.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ "Unfair fun". The Tribune. 27 August 2006.
  2. ^ List of Filmfare Award Winners and Nominations, 1953-2005
  3. ^ "No golmaal here: Rohit - Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "'Little Zizou' puts Parsis in comic spotlight after 30 years". The Hindu. 16 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Golmaal 3 - Movie review". MiD DAY. 6 November 2010.
  6. ^ "No golmaal here: Rohit". The Times of India. 28 September 2010. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Bollywood goes retro to boost box office sales". The Independent. 7 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 December 2010.

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