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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

Writer:

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 ... 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 J-26

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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:

$5,470, 28 September 2003

Gross USA:

$1,492,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,130,190
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lisa Ray fractured her leg when she went to Canada to shoot this film. See more »

Quotes

Twinky: Jesus Christ!
Mummy ji: Twinky, don't take God's name in vain.
Twinky: For God's sake ma, he's not our God.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, Rocky says "Shakalaka, baby!" See more »

Connections

References Dilruba (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Rahul's Lament
Composed and Directed by Sandeep Chowta
Performed by Sonu Nigam
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A disappointing Pastiche
21 March 2003 | by chuaSee all my reviews

Ive just been to a screening of this film at which we were honored by the presence of the Director herself.

I admire Deepa Mehta's work but this was no more than a light candy-floss pastiche of Bollywood musicals which are enjoying an unexpected and somwhat undeserved level of interest amongst Western audiences.

The film aims to spoof the typical boy meets girl Bollywood musical. It does this but its simply not funny, original or engaging. The Asian immigrant experience has been viewed from many angles and this added nothing new.

Im also frankly tired of the stereotypical wailing melodramatic Asian mother figure now a staple of most films of this type (Bend it like Beckham for example). Ultimately I just couldn't see the point of this film which ultimately was no more than an unnecessary remake of "Pretty Woman"


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