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Little Zizou (2008)

A boy's view of his community in modern day Mumbai.


Sooni Taraporevala
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Credited cast:
John Abraham ... Arjun
Sohrab Ardeshir Sohrab Ardeshir ... Cyrus II
Iyanah Bativala Iyanah Bativala ... Liana
Jahan Bativala Jahan Bativala ... Xerxes
Cyrus Broacha Cyrus Broacha
Kurush Deboo ... Kurush
Tknow Francorsi Tknow Francorsi ... Tito
Boman Irani ... Boman Presswala
Khurshed Lawyer Khurshed Lawyer
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ... Majestic Grandmother
Dilshad Patel Dilshad Patel ... Zenobia
Shernaz Patel ... Miss Patel
Imaaduddin Shah ... Artaxerxes (as Imad Shah)
Faiyaz Shaikh Faiyaz Shaikh ... Man at the cyber Cafe
Zenobia Shroff ... Roxanne


A delightful comedy about two Parsi families in Mumbai - one headed by a lunatic religious extremist, the other by a liberal newspaper editor. Told from the point of view of 10 year old Xerxes a soulful soccer-mad Parsi boy whose fervent wish is that his idol Zinedine Zidane visit Bombay. Though his mother died in childbirth, Xerxes hopes that she can still see him and affect miracles from her place up there. His older brother Art is a starry-eyed cartoonist whose wild fantasies come to life in surprising ways. Their father Khodaiji, a self-proclaimed protector-of-the-faith, thrives on the attentions (and donations) of hopeful believers. The brothers love to hang out at the home of their father's arch rival, Pressvala, the publisher of a liberal community newspaper. Art burns with unrequited love for Pressvala's oldest daughter, while Xerxes incurs the wrath of the younger daughter, who resents the attention her family showers on the motherless boy. But the real fireworks begin when ... Written by Sooni Taraporevala

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Drama | Family



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Release Date:

13 March 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Zizou See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sooni Taraporevala: It is her photograph as the dead mother of little Zizou (Xerxes). See more »

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Self indulgent feeble attempt
7 April 2009 | by ratbertonlineSee all my reviews

I don't know if I am elibigle to be a reviewer considering i watched this movie for only the first 30 mins. Well I guess I am very eligible to be a reviewer because to be honest, I couldn't handle more. Its a terribly self indulgent attempt at film making with the director under the impression that just showing a parsi neighborhood and throwing in parsi phrases can make up for the lack of substance in general and a script in particular. It certainly is not so. The film might actually have have a story which someone who stays on for the full length might be rewarded with. However I just didn't think the risk reward was worth it!

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