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Bollywood Hollywood (2002)

Cast: Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, Jessica Pare, more...
Director: Deepa Mehta
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Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Romantic Comedy, Romance, Dysfunctional Families, Canada
Running Time: 105 min.

Synopsis
Set in Toronto, a romantic tale which revolves around Rahul Seth, a Westernized, young dot.com millionaire, and his unconventional relationship with the beautiful and wild Sue Singh. Rahul is devastated after the untimely death of his beautiful, pop artist, blonde girlfriend Kimberly. To make matters worse, he is under extreme pressure from his family to get engaged to a good Hindu girl before his sister's upcoming wedding. Lest one forgets, according to the popular Hindu adage, 'the best cure for a broken heart is marriage'. Desperate, he hires the services of the gorgeous Sue, a local escort girl, to pretend to be his fiancée during the ten days of celebration, leading up to his sister's marriage ceremony. While Rahul is the scion of a typically successful NRI family, Sue is the daughter of a humble car mechanic and--professionally speaking--is one of the highest paid escorts in Toronto. They enter into the relationship as opposites. However, during this fateful period of much song, dance and merriment, Rahul and Sue's relationship slowly transcends that of employer and employee. With her passion for life, Sue manages to break through Rahul's hardened exterior to reveal a sensitive man who is not as emotionally dead as he would like to believe. In turn, Rahul's strong personality and advice enables Sue to see her parents in a more positive light.

The movie has a few great songs, including "Suni Hawa", "Rang Range Mere Rang Rang Mein", "Dil Kabootar Khana Hain".

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GreenCine Member Reviews

much better than "the guru" by ggsuperhero June 1, 2004 - 10:39 AM PDT
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this is not really a bollywood film, it's more like a western bollywood-ized film or maybe it's the other way around. hilarious movie if you take it for what it is. there are some jokes that most of us westerners probabaly won't get .. a few bollywood and indian-only references here and there. it's a typical bollywood-ish love story - very predictable and light. i liked that deepa mehta mixed the western and indian culture .. definitely much better than the guru.

Good English-language Bollywood by krisalm May 31, 2004 - 12:52 PM PDT
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Although this isn't a great Bollywood film, it's a good starter film for western viewers who want to get a taste of what actual Bollywood films are like. I like Deepa's funny characters, ridiculous situations and all of the inside-Bollywood references; it gives the film a kind of self-awareness that a lot of Bollywood films lack so that it actually seems to laugh at itself. The melodrama is less forced than in a lot of Bollywood, so that it will seem more fluid and understandable to western viewers. Lisa is gorgeous and her song is top-notch.

Should have been funny, turned out confusing by skybrian October 5, 2003 - 5:27 PM PDT
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I like the concept of this film and wanted it to be funny, and still think some of the farcical situations ought to have been funny (particularly with Lisa Ray's character), but somehow it turned out to only be confusing in practice. Maybe it's better if you've watched more Bollywood films (though I have watched a few) and didn't miss a few important lines of dialog due to difficult accents like I did. Anyway, not so fun as an introduction.

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