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Bollywood Calling (2001)

An alcoholic, cancer-ridden American film-maker decides to produce a Bollywood movie.


Nagesh Kukunoor




Credited cast:
Pat Cusick Pat Cusick ... Patrick Stormaire
Navin Nischol ... Manu Kapoor
Om Puri ... Subramaniam
Perizaad Zorabian ... Kajal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Karen (as Monique Curnen)
Chet Dixon ... Abe
Elahe Hiptoola Elahe Hiptoola ... Reporter
Nagesh Kukunoor ... Gullu
Mira Nair ... Mira


An alcoholic and cancer-ridden U.S.-based film-maker, Patrick Stormaire (Pat Cusick), decides to produce a Bollywood movie, and travels to India. once there, he is met at the airport by the owner of Subramaniam Arts, Mr. Subramaniam (Om Puri), and subsequently introduced to the lead actors, Manu Kapoor (Navin Nischol), and Kajal (Perizaad Zorabian), and told that the title of the movie is 'Maut: The Death'. He will be unprepared for the shocks when he gets to meet the remainder of the cast and crew and find out that nothing is ever done on schedule; and last but not the least - the movie still does not even have a script. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Comedy | Drama | Music


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At last!
25 August 2002 | by siddy11See all my reviews

If you're an outsider who wants to get an insight into the real Indian mindset, then Bollywood is Calling. I think the lead character was excellent. Playing the part of a B movie actor is a bit of a thankless task but I thought the white guy was tough and as believable as he could be. With some experience of Bombayites, I can say that not only was this film funny, sad, absurd, etc. - it was also realistic. Well, just about as realistic as Bollywood really is. Anyone who thinks this was over the top simply has not faced the reality of India. India IS over the top and life there is a drama. So, I don't think it was just an affectionate dig at Bollywood. If anything it was a dig at the arrogance of a white man coming to the world's most productive film industry and telling them they're ignorant and unprofessional. Well, that was just ignorant - but quite typical of westerners, in my opinion. Great movie, watch it, and maybe learn something. I'd give it a good 8/10.

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