Bollywood/Hollywood

Bollywood/Hollywood

Director: Deepa Mehta

Cast: Deepa Mehta, Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, Moushumi Chatterjee

     
 
After making a string of social commentaries, Canadian director Deepa Mehta satirizes India's beloved genre in the lighthearted romantic musical Bollywood/Hollywood. Indo-Canadian millionaire Rahul (Rahul Khanna) goes against the wishes of his mother and grandmother to date the Caucasian pop star Kimberly (Jessica Paré); however, she gets killed in an accident

Overview

After making a string of social commentaries, Canadian director Deepa Mehta satirizes India's beloved genre in the lighthearted romantic musical Bollywood/Hollywood. Indo-Canadian millionaire Rahul (Rahul Khanna) goes against the wishes of his mother and grandmother to date the Caucasian pop star Kimberly (Jessica Paré); however, she gets killed in an accident and he is left devastated. His mother (Moushumi Chatterjee) seizes the opportunity and announces that he must get engaged to an Indian girl before his sister is allowed to wed. This is complicated by the fact that his sister is already engaged and pregnant. Under pressure, Rahul enlists the help of Sue (supermodel Lisa Ray), a professional escort who agrees to play the part of his Indian fiancée. He thinks she is really Hispanic, and she claims to have no love for traditional Indian men. Throughout his sister's wedding preparations, Sue begins to befriend his entire family, including the tough old grandmother (Dina Pathak). After some random bursts into songs and dances, Sue reveals her true identity and they fall in love.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
If you're expecting a lighthearted romantic comedy with upbeat song-and-dance routines and a plot that's as predictable as it is thin, then you're right on the money. Bollywood/Hollywood doesn't feature particularly outstanding music or choreography, but it does have a fun-loving spirit, and writer/director Deepa Mehta handles it all with a loving wink. The film is rife with clichés, but Mehta does manage to twist a couple of them and toss in a few offbeat details to give the story a little bit of originality. She also drops several references to Bollywood films and actors, although viewers who are unfamiliar with this genre should still be able to follow the story line without any difficulty. The lead actors are both appealing, and some of the supporting actors, including Dina Pathak as Rahul's grandmother and Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Sue's father, are entertaining enough to steal their scenes. The film is a bit too earnest at times and it would have been improved if Mehta played around with the clichés more, but it's still enjoyable in its own silly way.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
UPC:
0829567025727
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Virgil Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:45:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rahul Khanna Rahul Seth
Lisa Ray Sue/Sunita Singh
Moushumi Chatterjee Mummy Ji
Dina Pathak Grandma Ji
Ranjit Chowdhry Rocky
Kulbhushan Kharbanda Mr. Singh
Jessica Paré Kimberly
Jolly Bader Daddy Ji
Rishma Malik Twinky
Arjun Lombardi-Singh Go/Govind
Jazz Mann Bobby
Leesa Gaspari Lucy
Neelam Mansingh Mrs. Singh
Rohan Rama Bader Young Rahul
Akshaye Khanna Himself
Candi Barr Dancer
Manjit Bumrah Bride to Be
Angie Canuel Dancer
Jeremy Chow Brian
Sarah Connell Dancer
Mike Cota Dancer
Damon D'Oliveira Stevie Sood
Mike "Killer Khalsa" Deol Killer Khalsa
Pragna Desai Pauline
Sunny Dhillon Dancer
Linda Garneau Dancer
Nick Gill Bobby's Mom
Larissa Gomes Bride to Be
Caryn Green Twinky's Friend
Tara Hewitt Dancer
Nicole Innis Nicole
Sveta Kohli Bride to Be
Starsah Lauriten Dancer
Christina Lee Dancer
Bhavin Lodhia Dancer
David Lopez Dancer
Chad McFadden Dancer
Jodi McFadden Dancer
Misakiu Dancer
Anne Mroczkowski Reporter
Rupinder Nagra Rahul's Friend at Wedding
Kat Osen Dancer
Nick Peel Dancer
Imali Perera Twinky's Friend
Monisha Randhawa Bobby's Sister
Ronica Sajnani Ronica
Karamjit Singh Ruby's Friend
Sofanda Dancer
Terry Stevens Veronica
Artee Suri Twinky's Friend
Vinod Suri Ruby's Friend
Neela Tandon Ruby's Friend
Vincent Tong Dancer
Mike Tracz Dancer
Allana Upcraft Dancer
Jena Vaneslander Dancer
Elena Vazintaris Dancer
Jason Westlake Dancer
Sean Atkinson Conductor
Dipa Motwane Conductor

Technical Credits
Deepa Mehta Director,Screenwriter
Michael Arakkal Special Effects Supervisor
Ganesh Bala Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandeep Chowta Score Composer
David Connolly Choreography
Uma Da Cunha Casting
September Death Asst. Director
Tamara Deverell Production Designer
Anne Dixon Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Farrell Editor
Camelia Frieberg Executive Producer
Jason Graham Art Director
David Hamilton Executive Producer
Jaideep Songwriter
Janardhan Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Koch Cinematographer
Ritu Kumar Costumes/Costume Designer
Pravin Mani Musical Arrangement
David McAree Asst. Director
R.R. Murlidhar Sound/Sound Designer
Effy Papadopoulos Asst. Director
Taabish Romani Songwriter
Devyani Saltzman Casting
Michael E. Uslan Special Effects
Ajay Virmani Songwriter,Executive Producer
Robert Wertheimer Co-producer
Erin Faith Young Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bollywood/Hollywood
1. Main Title/The Brightest Torch
2. Response Under Pressure
3. "Unlucky"
4. Existential Angst
5. A Deal With Sue
6. The Heavenly Couple
7. Moving In
8. Breach of Contract
9. Stag Party
10. Advice From the Departed
11. Quoting Neruda
12. End Credits

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