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as Marigold Lexton
as Prem Rajput
as Mrs. Rajput
as Prem's Grandma
as Raj Sondi
Critic Reviews for Marigold
Bollywood fans will dismiss the mishmash as the work of an American director 'slumming' in a genre outside his own culture, and Western audiences unfamiliar with Hindi-language masala movies will find the whole thing puzzling.
[Director] Carroll knows his Bollywood stuff and, refreshingly, doesn't apologize for, or waste time explaining, an industry and a style that most Americans still regard as silly. Instead, he honors them.
This fluffy cross-cultural experiment smacks of jumping on the Bollywood bandwagon with little insight into the genre it is trying to emulate or understanding of the country in which it's set.
If you enjoy such Bollywood-style numbers, try to tune out the movie when the music drops off and you'll enjoy it more.
Audience Reviews for Marigold
"If you had a choice, tradition or love, what would you take?" If you have ever seen a Bollywood movie, you'll know they are longer than most movies due to the multiple song and dance routines. Don't get me wrong, I like Bollywood movies and watching a movie with sub-titles is no hardship but I find any movie over three hours long is a tad too long to be appreciated. Fortunately, this one fits into the "standard" movie length which happens to be a plus in my book. Plot: An American actress, the beautiful and bitchy Marigold (like the flower), played by Ali Larter goes to India to act in a low budget film, only to find herself stranded there when she finds on arrival that the film has been folded due to financial issues. Worse than that, she loses her luggage and is out of money. She befriends an Indian girl Rani who gets her a role in a Bollywood musical which she accepts hoping that she can earn enough money to get back to the States. Whilst there she meets Prem, the suave and handsome choreographer of the film played by Salman Khan, in real life Bad Boy Bollywood mega-super star who teaches her the art of dancing.
I tried watching it once and only got through it this time because of Salman Khan. I still wanna punch Ali Larter in the face just because. She only exsudes bitch and her role in this didn't help her at all in that front. The acting at times, mostly from Larter was lacking the story wasn't at all orignial but it wasn't the worst Hollywood/Bollywood endevor I've seen. I think it gets bonus points for Salman Khan though cuz he is in one of my fav Bollywood movies so keep that in mind.
What a perfect combination of American and Indian. This is straight up romance without the majority of the movie being about family strife as in most Bollywood films. This one gets straight to the good stuff and ends beautifully. I never would have believed Ali Larter would work for this role, but she was great.
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