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Bollywood/Hollywood (2002)

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A wealthy East Indian man gives an apparently non-East Indian woman a crash course in his culture, so he can marry her with his family's approval.

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Deepa Mehta

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Deepa Mehta
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rahul Khanna ... Rahul Seth
Lisa Ray ... Sue (Sunita) Singh
Moushumi Chatterjee ... Mummy ji
Dina Pathak ... Grandma ji
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Mr. Singh
Ranjit Chowdhry Ranjit Chowdhry ... Rocky
Jessica Paré ... Kimberly
Rishma Malik ... Twinky
Jasbir Mann ... Bobby (as Jazz Mann)
Arjun Lombardi-Singh Arjun Lombardi-Singh ... Go (Govind)
Leesa Gaspari Leesa Gaspari ... Lucy
Neelam Mansingh Neelam Mansingh ... Mrs. Singh
Mike Deol Mike Deol ... Killer Khalsa (as Killer Khalsa)
Jolly Bader Jolly Bader ... Daddy ji
Ronica Sajnani Ronica Sajnani ... Ronica
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Storyline

After Rahul's white pop-star fiancée dies in a bizarre levitation accident his mother insists he find another girl as soon as possible, preferably a Hindi one. As she backs this up by postponing his sister's wedding until he does so, he feels forced to act, the more so as he knows his sister is pregnant. But it's a pretty tall order for an Indian living in Ontario, so when he meets striking escort Sunita who can 'be whatever you want me to be' he hatches a scheme to pass her off as his new betrothed. Things get complicated when his family start to take to her and he realises his own feelings are becoming rather stronger than that. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Nothing is what it appears to be.


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Rated PG-13 for sensuality/partial nudity, some crude language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Hindi | Spanish

Release Date:

25 October 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Bollywood Hollywood See more »

Filming Locations:

Thornhill, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,014, 3 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,491,083, 12 October 2003
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Akshaye Khanna has a cameo as himself. See more »

Quotes

Grandma ji: I don't say what I don't mean.
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Akshaye Khanna as his own good self See more »

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Features Pardes (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Chin Chin Chu
Composed by O.P. Nayyar
Remixed by Sandeep Chowta
Performed by Sanjeev Wadwani
Courtesy HMV, India
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Hilarious Bollywood parody
1 September 2003 | by hprillSee all my reviews

One caveat: if you have never seen a Bollywood movie, you probably won't find this very funny. The point is, director Deepa Mehta has taken just about every Bollywood cliché, exaggerated it, swirled it around and mixed it with a Hollywood love story and created a perfectly funny Bollywood parody that had me in giggles from the weepy deathbed scene at the beginning through most of the movie.

Depth? Don't expect any. This is about as lightweight (and sometimes silly) as comedy can get, with the usual suspension of disbelief necessary for Bollywood movies.

The title doesn't really have anything to do with the plot; it's more of a programmatic statement, as Mehta tries to intertwine Bollywood and Hollywood elements into a musical romantic comedy.

The Bollywood bits are the more successful, as Mehta sems to have the necessary expertise to exploit them for parody and quirky humour; sadly, the weakest point of the movie is when the Bollywood/Hollywood formula shifts too much towards the Hollywood side and tries to incorporate too much of the typical Hollywood 'romantic comedy' storyline. All of a sudden the script seems to take itself too seriously, and the whole thing, which had been very fresh and entertaining up until then, suddenly tastes very stale, and we get the umpteenth reprise of "love in danger through misunderstanding", and whereas the Bollywood melodrama had been masterly turned into brilliant parody, the Hollywood drama just stands as it is and is presented at face value, which is a major disappointment.

However, the 75 minutes of hilarious Bollywood parody will more than compensate for those 15 minutes of Hollywood lameness. So will the excellent Bollywood-inspired (and Hollywood-compatible) music. Just don't expect depth.


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