Bollywood Hollywood
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After making a string of social commentaries, Canadian director Deepa Mehta satirizes India's beloved genre in the lighthearted romantic musical Bollywood/Hollywood. Indo-Canadian millionaire Rahul (Rahul Khanna) goes against the wishes of his mother and grandmother to date the Caucasian pop star Kimberly (Jessica Paré); however, she gets killed in an accident and he is left devastated. His mother (Moushumi Chatterjee) seizes the opportunity and announces that he must get engaged to an Indian girl before his sister is allowed to wed. This is complicated by the fact that his sister is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mehta manages to make her film not only palatable, but a real pleaser."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Though neither big nor slick, it's a joyful, feel-good spoof that makes you want to run out and rent a real Bollywood musical."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"A contrived contraption, with more than a hint of desperation in its clueless anxiousness to be an audience winner along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"When the music stops, so does the magic. The film loses its footing with flat deliveries of dialogue from most of the cast."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Bollywood/Hollywood, like this spring's slightly better cultural hodgepodge The Guru, simply offers no compelling reason to fork over your movie dollars."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Does precisely what Bollywood movies should do: It engages us with its joyousness and silliness and its unflagging commitment to surface attractions."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"A musical comedy that's mirthless and barely musical."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"While the musical numbers that season "Bollywood" are brimming with color and enthusiasm, they're not exactly overflowing with technical competence."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Clearly designed to appeal to fans of both the Indian and American houses of filmmaking. Unfortunately, it's so inept that it may appeal to neither."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Mehta can't decide whether she's making a spoof of Indian cinema or a straightforward romantic comedy."
‑ , E! Online
"Not authentic Bollywood, not polished enough to pass for Hollywood and not edgy enough for indie film fans."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Less a pastiche of the cinematic conventions of both 'woods than it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding in a sari."
‑ Nicole Arthur, Washington Post
"What starts as an examination of the common cliches of Hollywood and Bollywood ends up being condescending to both."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"An escort gets paid to play the part of the rich guy's girlfriend - it's Bollywood's answer to Pretty Woman... Is Bollywood/Hollywood jolly-good fun? Almost."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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