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17 August 2007 (USA) See more »
Ali Larter plays an American actress who becomes immersed in the Bollywood film world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Salman Khan ... Prem Rajput

Ali Larter ... Marigold Lexton

Nandana Sen ... Jaanvi

Ian Bohen ... Barry
Shari Watson ... Doreen
Helen ... Prem's grandma (as Helen Khan)
Vikas Bhalla ... Raj Sondi
Suchitra Pillai-Malik ... Rani
Vijayendra Ghatge ... Rajput
Roopak Saluja ... Mani
Kiran Juneja ... Mrs. Rajput

Gulshan Grover ... Vikram
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rakesh Bedi ... Manoj Sharma
Catherine Fulop ... Sister Fernandéz
Marc Allen Lewis ... Marc

Lea Moreno ... Valjean (as Lea Moreno Young)
Karan Panthaky ... Siddharth
Geeta Vij ... Pooja Rajput

Directed by
Willard Carroll 
Writing credits
Willard Carroll (written by)

Produced by
Reiko Bradley .... executive producer
Michael Hamilton-Wright .... co-executive producer
Andrew Herwitz .... associate producer
Siddharth M. Jain .... co-producer (as Sidhartha Jain)
Michele L. Jennings .... associate producer
Susan B. Landau .... executive producer
Christian Mills .... co-producer
Praveen Nischol .... co-producer
Praveen Nischol .... executive producer
Charles Salmon .... producer
Sandeep Shandilya .... line producer
Glen Tedham .... co-executive producer
Thomas L. Wilhite .... producer (as Tom Wilhite)
Original Music by
Shankar Mahadevan  (as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy)
Loy Mendonsa  (as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy)
Ehsaan Noorani  (as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy)
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
Anil Mehta 
Film Editing by
Anuradha Singh 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Rajesh Latkar 
Production Design by
Jon Bunker 
Nitin Chandrakant Desai 
Set Decoration by
Agnes Goveas 
Makeup Department
Natalia Bronstein .... makeup artist
Honey Dawn Faircrest .... key hair stylist
Luize Joyce Margaret .... key hair stylist
Natasha Nischol .... personal makeup artist: ali larter
Production Management
Pradeep Haldankar .... post-production supervisor
Sherry Lynn King .... production manager
Rajen Rajkhowa .... unit manager
Sandeep Shandilya .... production manager
Shashikant Sinha .... production manager
Shashikant Sinha .... production runner
Burton L. Warner .... executive in charge of production: Firewall Entertainment
John Watson .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Bamber .... first assistant director
Natascha Charak .... third assistant director
Rukhshida David .... assistant director
Rajesh Latkar .... second unit director
John Penhall .... first assistant director
Stojan Petrov .... second assistant director
Aubin Sebastian .... second assistant director
Varun Talreja .... director: making video
Ali Abbas Zafar .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Mayur Mulam .... props
Pradip Redij .... set dresser
Aman Mohan Vidhate .... property master
Sound Department
Andrew Belletty .... sound mixer
Ken Biehl .... sound re-recording mixer
Ian Emberton .... sound editor
Tony Gort .... sound editor
Mark Hensley .... adr supervisor
Jeff Jackman .... sound effects editor
Nusrat Jafri .... assistant sound
Roger Morris .... dialogue editor
Craig Stauffer .... sound mixer
Greg Stewart .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Kris Anderson .... digital effects artist
Paul Beard .... visual effects line producer
Robin Beard .... digital effects artist
Adam Christopher .... digital colourist
James Foster .... digital artist
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Hocking .... digital effects artist
Matthew Jacques .... digital artist
Isaac Layish .... digital effects artist
Sherin Mahboob .... junior digital artist
Tom Pegg .... digital effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Arjun Singh Bhurji .... key grip
Anirudh Garbyal .... assistant camera
Ikram Hussian .... grip
G. Monic Kumar .... second assistant camera
Sanjay Sami .... key grip
Editorial Department
Simon Allmark .... digital intermediate conform editor: Men From Mars
Maryanna Aramian .... post-production coordinator
Vivek Pratap .... assembly editor
Alex Panton .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Music Department
Hal Beckett .... conductor
Vikas Bhalla .... playback singer
Mark Curry .... music mixer
Dominik Hauser .... orchestrator
Nihira Joshi .... playback singer
Ali Larter .... playback singer
Don Mann .... music editor
Nikita Nigam .... playback singer
Sneha Pant .... playback singer
Ashley Revell .... music editor
David E. Russo .... music programmer
Shaan .... playback singer
Shari Watson .... playback singer
Alka Yagnik .... playback singer
Other crew
Greg Bernstein .... legal services
Jon Bunker .... title designer
Shane Cole .... office coordinator
Aliya Curmally .... assistant production coordinator
Edmund Entin .... assistant to producer
Gary Entin .... assistant to producer
Farah Khan .... choreographer
Nicolas J. Kimball .... sales agent
Vaibhavi Merchant .... choreographer
G.D. Murthi .... production accountant
Jayesh Pradhan .... assistant choreographer
Remo .... choreographer
Rainer Scheelisch .... special equipment
Merewyn Wagner .... first assistant coordinator
Tamara Stuparich de la Barra .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
110 min
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41 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Salman Khan, Ali Larter: happy meeting of Bollywood and Hollywood, 25 May 2007
Author: VirginiaK_NYC from New York, NY

Marigold is by far the best "outsider's" take on Bollywood I have ever seen. (I didn't grow up with Bollywood, but I've seen a few hundred of them now.) I'd say it leaves Gurinder Chadha, Mira Nair, and even Merchant and Ivory (of Bombay Talkie) almost in the dust. Willard Carroll, the director, really loves Bollywood, and he has the self-confidence to allow us to know it - there's humor, but no arch, ironic distancing, no "of course I don't really mean this" stuff. As Jerry Lee Lewis would say, he "gets it," and so he can let us have it too - the joy of a Bollywood movie experience, along with touches that are supplied by a westerner's stepping into the story-teller's role.

It's a story about a caustic, bitchy, beautiful American B movie actress (she's only been in movies with numbers in their titles, like Fatal Attraction 3) who finds herself in a different Bollywood movie from the one she went to India to be in (Kama Sutra 3 has folded its tents while she was en route, apparently because its producers are now in jail). Salman Khan, in real life a Bollywood mega-mega star, is the dancing master of the delightful written-on-the-fly movie she has now been pulled into ("is this before or after I go blind?"), and through the sweetness of his mildly psychically gifted character, she learns more than how to find her inner ecstatic dancing ability.

The strong beginning gives you both Bollywood - a super-energetic troupe of dancers in front of the Taj Mahal (both funny an familiar to the western viewer, as well as providing the high-velocity musical thrill we love in a Hindi movie), and Salman on screen from the outset - no Bollywood 20 minute wait for the hero. He has on an Indian costume embellished with Kit Carson-style Western movie fringe (all in white).

Ali Larter's actress character is pleasing to the western viewer - she's blonde, which is "traditional" for a "white" person in a Bollywood movie, and visually understandable casting - but she's a robust girl, not the ethereal kind of blondie we're usually presented with, and she's a more or less three-dimensional total bitch, carrying on profane and abusive cell-phone conversations with a boyfriend and agent in the US.

We also have scenes of women who are having problems with each other going out to a bar to deal with them - the capacity for people not getting along to relate and have emotional conversations is traditional in Hindi movies, but we seldom see much of any such thing going on between women (other than the discussion between mother and daughter about the daughter's choice of groom), let alone "strangers" - unrelated people - let alone bar-going. So the spirit is the same, the details are fresh, and I was completely delighted by this.

I only saw it once, at a preview showing, attended by the director, a fine speaker and question-answerer - he and Salman got to be "brother-like" good friends over the making of it, he loves India, he has plans to make a Wizard of Oz movie in India. I can't get too detailed about songs when I've seen them just once, except to say I liked them all. They range from a happy parody of the Bollywood number in the movie-within-the-movie - the ladies' costumes, with Leghorn hats and seashell-cased bodices (it's a beach scene) on flowy dresses - are worth the cost of a ticket alone -- to a lovely reflective many-scened romantic song in a sadder and more serious part of the movie.

Mix of Hindi and English in the music, and it works.

Salman Khan gets a lot of credit from me for openness to unusual projects - this and Jaan-e-Mann - and good judgment about which ones to be in. Carroll said he was full of suggestions and ideas all along the way, and totally fine (i.e. not narcissistic at all) whether Carroll accepted or rejected them - clearly just a pro who loves being involved and collaborating.

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