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BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD

(2002)
105 mins | Comedy | Family & Family Relationships | Music, Media & Arts | Strong Female Leads |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandG
Nova ScotiaPG
P.E.I.PG
New BrunswickPG
QuebecG
OntarioPG
ManitobaPG
SaskatchewanG
AlbertaPG
British ColumbiaG
Northwest TerritoriesPG
NunavutPG
YukonG

Director: Deepa Mehta

Writer(s): Deepa Mehta

Star(s): Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, Rishma Malik, Moushumi Chatterjee

Synopsis:

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

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About the Director

Deepa Mehta

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.

BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD

Lesson Plans Available for this title:
  • English - 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Music - 9, 10, 11, 12

Screening Language Options:
  • English Language with French Dubbing

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