Director: Deepa MehtaWriter(s): Deepa Mehta
Star(s): Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, Rishma Malik, Moushumi Chatterjee
Set in Toronto and its wealthier suburbs, Bollywood/Hollywood joyfully subverts the romantic conventions of both cultures. Rahul (Khanna), a rich South Asian Canadian dot-com entrepreneur, is pressured by his mother (Chatterjee) and grandmother to find a nice Hindu girl to accompany him to his sister’s (Malik’s) elaborate wedding ceremony.
As a joking way of accommodating them, he hires Sue (Ray), a beautiful escort girl, to pretend to be his fiancée. Naturally, the two fall in love, and just as naturally, complications ensue. Incorporating the wild stylistic excesses of Bollywood — the melodrama, the choreography and the music — Mehta allows Indian culture and societal attitudes to play out in Toronto.
“Much hilarity, joyful song and dance numbers and a surprisingly touching love story.”
— Kevin Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
It was sooo good. It was truly a “tasty masala.”
— Grade 11 student, The Woodlands School, Mississauga, ON
Director/screenwriter Mehta made her feature-film debut with Sam & Me and is known for her trilogy of films: Fire, Earth and the Oscar-nominated Water. Other credits include Bollywood/Hollywood and Heaven on Earth. Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children was nominated for eight Canadian Screen Awards in 2013.
- English - 9, 10, 11, 12
- Music - 9, 10, 11, 12
Screening Language Options:
- English Language with French Dubbing