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  • Actors: Rahul Khanna, Moushumi Chatterjee, Dina Pathak, Lisa Ray, Kulbhushan Kharbanda
  • Directors: Deepa Mehta
  • Writers: Deepa Mehta
  • Producers: Ajay Virmani, Camelia Frieberg, David Hamilton, Mehernaz Lentin, Robert Wertheimer
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Hindi, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance Amer
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BDGWGM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bollywood/Hollywood" on IMDb

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Bollywood Hollywood is a delightful, cross-cultural parody of both India's and America's musical film traditions. Directed by Deepa Mehta (Earth), Bollywood Hollywood concerns the desperate effort of wealthy businessman Rahul (Rahul Khanna) to get his mother and grandmother off his back when it comes to his romantic life. In love with a white pop-star girlfriend (Jessica Paré), Rahul's fortunes change when she dies. Still grieving, he is told by his mother that Rahul's only sister won't be allowed to marry until he finds a nice Indian girl to wed. The solution: hire a beautiful, dark-skinned, allegedly Spanish escort named Sue (Lisa Ray) to pose as his Indian fiancée. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Mehta pokes fun at a number of Bollywood cinema clichés, especially that familiar mix of modern luxury and old world traditions, melodramas involving the saddest of character backstories, and spontaneous musical numbers that remind one as much of Hollywood's Golden Age as Bollywood's current one. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

Akshaye Khanna is really cool in a dance sequence.
Amazon Customer
Bollywood/Hollywood TRIES to offer something for everyone, but it just doesn't work out.
D. Pawl
Finding a lack of verisimilitude in Bollywood films is not that difficult.
Marcus Aurelius

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 28, 2003
A really interesting movie, there's not anything like it (movies like Pardes are pure Bollywood, aimed at a native audience). The acting was generally terrible and the movie was often amateurish - the opening titles looked cribbed from a kid's video project, for instance. Sometimes it was difficult to tell if the jokes were really that bad, or if the cast's utter lack of timing ruined them. The plot is charming but instantly predictable.
Then at other times, the movie's great - I liked the idea of people viewing themselves in terms of movies. And, combining a Hollywood movie and a Bollywood movie to poke fun and enjoy the cliches of each is such a great idea that I fully expect to see more movies doing that. Lisa Ray is attractive (and supposedly making the transition to Bollywood). Akshaye Khanna is really cool in a dance sequence. It's paced smoothly and has the bright colors and fun songs that help define Bollywood. So despite its large faults, it's still a fun movie worth watching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S.Sriram on January 18, 2004
this film not only is a spoof of our beloved bollywood, but also holds many other humerous twists in it. It follows the lives of a conservative indian family, with not so conservative second generation. the music is also kick!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2003
This is by far the best satirical movie on Indians in the west. The movie used different tactis for laughs - not the heavy handed stereotypes used in "American Desi." Most Indians would find each of the characters in their extended families or circle of friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Aurelius on December 30, 2006
Format: DVD
Many of the other reviewers will list the many faults in the plot. Finding a lack of verisimilitude in Bollywood films is not that difficult. I judge my Bollywood experience by how many dance numbers are in the film: the more there are, the more I like it.

When all is said and done, the few dance numbers in the film are good ones--even the drag queen sequence is a lot of fun. I just wish there had been a few more. I didn't even mind the on-screen kissing or the news of premarital pregnancy or the idea that the beautiful star was a prostitute. Go with the times if you must. I just wanted more song and dance.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cielledee on December 18, 2005
Format: DVD
OK, so Deepa Mehta has made films like Earth/Fire/Water with a strong social undertone. Bollywood/Hollywood is just another- but lighthearted and fun, especially to Indians living in Toronto!

I say that because the humour is only appreciated if you're Indian originally or have seen tons of Bollywood films- it's a parody of that.

So having sorted out THAT- the story is about an Indian family now living in Ontario (yours to discover). Rahul has to get married, which means finding himself a good Indian girl or else be happy with the one Mummy chooses. He decides on the former, and promptly decides to hire a suitable girl. What ensues is Lisa Ray portraying a convincingly indian girl of good values and morals also living in Ontario, being introduced to Rahul's family amid some singing Bollywood style (ofcourse).

This film touches on double standards (you've got to find out exactly what), some beautiful poetry and romance. Torontonians will have fun trying to recognise and pinpoint different locations/venues filmed.

Highly recommended- along with Monsoon Wedding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LilyoftheValley on September 5, 2007
Format: DVD
I'm a big fan of Bollywood now and this film ranks high on my list. Lisa Ray is beautiful (rivals the Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai) and seems very at ease in front of the camera. Rahul Khanna may not be in as many films as his famous brother, but he certainly holds his own.
The film is quirky and pithy and simply a lot of fun. Grandma-ji has great words of wisdom like, "I don't say what I don't mean." Words to live by.
Check it out if you love "the sing-song and melodrama" of Bollywood, as Lisa Ray's character says.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2003
this is an excellent film- perfect for indian immigrant parents and their kids to enjoy together. once again deepa mehta takes serious issues, adds some humor, and makes a wonderful film
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on May 28, 2006
Format: DVD
"Bollywood/Hollywood" comes by way of Canada and is part of a recent spate of quiet, sneaky-good films that speak to that country's increasingly multi-cultural populace. As a result, we get the following nice group of small, low-budget, enjoyable films:

- Mambo Italiano
- Touch of Pink
- Friends and Family (my personal favorite)
- Bollywood/Hollywood

You can't take Bollywood/Hollywood too seriously...it's a cute little parody. The drop-dead beautiful Lisa Ray, a product of your basic Polish/Indian parentage, is just making the transition at this point from modeling to acting. Rahul Khanna is like Tommy Aaron to brother Akshaye's Henry. But still, this is an enjoyable film. Some of the reviewers are expecting too much, I think. Director Mehta isn't looking to top 'Lagaan' here.

The movie's standout scene: real Bollywood royalty Akshaye Khanna paired in a classic song and dance piece with Ms. Ray's character 'Sue,' at that very moment revealed to be quite Indian (and not the Spaniard Rahul had taken her for). It's a scene that would rank with the best of any movie from Bollywood. Brilliant stuff.

At a 105 minutes, Bollywood/Hollywood is a nice small diversion on a Friday or Saturday evening.
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