section of GaramChai.com features movies and artists of Indian
origin who have made a mark in the global scene.
Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, Rishma Malik, Jazz Mann, Moushumi
Chatterjee, Dina Pathak, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Ranjit
Chowdhry, Leesa Gaspari, Arjun Lombardi-Singh, Neelam
Mansingh, Mike Deol, Jessica Paré, Jolly Bader,
Rich, young, handsome Rahul (Khanna) is desperate to stop
his mother (Chatterjee) and grandmother (Pathak) from interfering
with his romantic life. But when they threaten to call off
his sister's (Malik) wedding unless he finds himself a nice
Indian girl, he hires an escort, Sue, to pose as his fiancée..
Movie Review and links:
Review: Wow!!! I could not believe this was
a Deepa Mehta film. As a young Indian growing up in
the U.S. and living the very culture clash this movie
was supposed to be about, I was looking forward to this
movie. Instead, I found a movie filled with unoriginal
and unfunny jokes and some of the worst acting I have
ever seen. The movie was excruciating to watch from
the very beginning and I found myself embarrassed for
the actors and Mehta. Please do not waste your time
or money to watch this movie - even if you are a Deepa
Mehta fan. If you would like to see a recent English
Indian film of quality, go rent Monsoon Wedding..
Flawless casting and brilliant performances contribute
much to the fun-filled experience that “Bollywood Hollywood”
is. While Rahul Khanna’s character is not nearly as
challenging as the malish wallah of “1947 Earth”, his
performance as the culturally trapped Rahul Seth brings
all the tribulations of his character to the forefront
with a lot of ease. And then there is the gorgeous Lisa
Ray. Her Indo-Canadian background allows her to identify
quite deeply with Sue’s character. The surprise package
of the film, Lisa Ray seems very much at ease handling
a range of emotions be it melodrama or comedy. Kulbhushan
Kharbanda and Moushimi Chatterjee are absolutely hilarious
with the former playing a “Bollywood”-obsessed father.
However, the most domineering role of the film belongs
to legendary actress Dina Pathak. In the last film of
her career, Dina Pathak at almost eighty years of age,
shows what screen command and power is all about. Mrs.
Pathak may have been playing the old grandmother all
her life, but never before has she played it with the
kind of punch as in this film.
Bollywood/Hollywood is a 2002 film by Indo-Canadian
director Deepa Mehta. It is a notable movie in that
it is lighthearted, humorous, and family-oriented in
nature, as opposed to Mehta's other films (most notably
her Elements Trilogy of Fire, Earth, and Water), which
feature very serious themes and focus on social issues.
The film pokes fun at traditional Indian stereotypes,
as well as at Bollywood (the film features several Bollywood-style
song-and-dance numbers). Bollywood actor Akshaye Khanna
(the brother of Rahul Khanna) even makes a special guest
appearance in the movie.