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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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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:

$5,470, 28 September 2003

Gross USA:

$1,492,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,130,190
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Akshaye Khanna has a cameo as himself. See more »

Quotes

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

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Features Zubeidaa (2001) See more »

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Sue's Lament
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I really wanted to like this.
6 November 2002 | by furrycanuckSee all my reviews

October 6: The closing gala at the Calgary International Film Festival. about 700 people are lined up to see Deepa Mehta's _Bollywood/Hollywood_ and having seen the trailer at other CIFF features, we're all pumped. The crowd is a nice demographic mix if Indians and non-Indians, all portending a crossover hit (not to mention a hit, period) for Mehta, who is in attendance with two of the stars. Too much glamour for Calgary! But the thing is... the movie just wasn't that good. Predictable, too few musical numbers, without the drama and complexity of Monsoon Wedding (a movie to which B/H will unfortunately be compared). B/H felt old. It was telling that the closing sequence, when all the cast members came out onto a stage to dance during the closing credits, felt forced, unjoyous, as if Mehta has a tin ear for this sort of thing. I really wanted to like this movie, displaying as it does the resplendant and massive East Indian community in Toronto (and which is a community that absolutely sets Canadian cities apart from US ones- Toronto's East Indian community is, per capita, more than four times as large as that of New York's; even Calgary and Edmonton eclipse every major US city in this regard), but it needs a better filmmaker.


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