Bollywood Hollywood

2006-03-30 11:56
 

Set in Toronto, this romantic tale revolves around Rahul Seth, a Westernised, 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, blonde, pop artist 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 fiancee during the ten days of celebration, leading up to his sister's marriage ceremony. While Rahul is the scion of a typically successful immigrant family, Sue is the daughter of a humble car mechanic and 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.

What the critics are saying:

"The cinematography is slick, the music average, and the choreography rather unimpressive. But if you're just looking for a hearty laugh, then Bollywood Hollywood should fit the bill."
- Maya Bellap, BBCi

"A movie that tries to fuse the two 'woods' but winds up a Bolly-Holly masala mess."
- Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter.

"...just charming enough to avoid being entirely annoying."
- Scott Weinberg, Efilmcritic.com


Deepa Mehta's latest film may not be the most successful example of the "East meets West" genre, but it's still a lot of fun.

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