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Bollywood/Hollywood is a 2002 Canadian romantic comedy film by Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta. Its stars Rahul Khanna and Lisa Ray in leading roles. The film was lighthearted, humorous, and family-oriented, as opposed to Mehta's other films (most notably her Elements trilogy of Fire, Earth, and Water), which feature very serious themes and focus on social issues. The film pokes fun at traditional Indian stereotypes, as well as at Bollywood (it features several Bollywood-style song-and-dance numbers). Multiple award winning Bollywood actor Akshaye Khanna – the brother of Rahul Khanna – makes a special guest appearance in the movie.

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Bollywood/Hollywood Promotional Movie Poster
Directed byDeepa Mehta
Produced byDeepa Mehta
Written byDeepa Mehta
StarringRahul Khanna
Lisa Ray
Moushumi Chatterjee
Music bySandeep Chowta
CinematographyDouglas Koch
Edited byBarry Farrell
Release date
October 25, 2002
Running time
105 minutes



Rahul Seth, is a young and rich Indo-Canadian living in Toronto whose widowed mother is eager to get him married after the freak-accidental death of his white pop singer girlfriend, Kimberly. Rahul's mother disapproved of her son's relationship with a non-Indian woman. Furthermore, the mother proclaims that the impending wedding of her daughter Twinky and Bobby will not take place until Rahul has found himself an Indian bride first. The pressure mounts on Rahul as he finds out that Twinky must get married to preserve the family's reputation because she is pregnant.

Rahul goes to a bar and there meets Sue. Thinking she is a Spanish escort (non-sexual companion), he hires her to pose as his fiancée because she looks Indian. Rahul eventually discovers that Sue is actually Indian (her name is short for Sunita). Despite his initial anger at her lie, the two grow closer—due in no small part to a confidence boost Sue gave to Rahul's tormented younger brother, Govind, who incorrectly believes that no one cares about his welfare. Rahul and Sue eventually consider one another a fit match. Pleased, Mrs. Seth agrees to sanction Twinky's wedding.

Rahul and Sue grow more intimate, sharing stories about their pasts. It is revealed that Sue was once offered as a bride to the well-meaning but dim-witted professional wrestler Killer Khalsa; offended that her parents would even consider such a match, she has been playing mischief in revenge. This mischief is not fully explained, but her liking for it is suggested by her audacity. Sue is quite immune to social norms; she speaks bluntly to all, particularly to Rocky, Rahul's driver, who she knows (but does not reveal to others) is a famous drag queen.

The blossoming romance is shaken, when a drunken friend at Bobby's bachelor party states that Sue is a prostitute, and that he himself has paid her for sex in the past. Rahul is uncertain, causing Sue to be so hurt that he would question her honesty and integrity that she leaves him. He is forced to confess to his family that he never really courted Sue but merely bribed her to act the part of his fiancée. His mother is forced to postpone Twinky's wedding until Rahul can find a new bride, becoming despondent that Twinky's pregnancy will make the family social outcasts, for which Rahul calls her out for being a hypocrite. Twinky enters the room and tells her mother to stop crying, as Twinky and Bobby have eloped. Twinky thanks Rahul for doing so much to help her.

Prodded by Rocky ("Sue ma'am is special. Anyone who can keep a secret deserves the best"), by his insightful, Shakespeare-quoting grandmother and by the ghosts of his father and Kimberly, Rahul goes after Sue. In a balcony scene facilitated by Sue's father and mother, Rahul professes his true love to Sue, who abruptly leaves him standing outside her balcony. Rahul initially leaves in his limo, then tells Rocky to return to Sue's house, only to find that Sue has replaced Rocky in the driver's seat.

All parties, including ghosts and the film's crew, join in the closing-credits dance.



Bollywood Hollywood
Soundtrack album by
17 March 2009 (India)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelTimes Music
Sandeep Chowta chronology
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Bollywood Hollywood Road

The music, which is composed by Sandeep Chowta, received good reviews.

Track list
1."Rang Rang"Sonu Nigam, Alisha Chinoy4:03
2."Sooni Hawa (Male)"Sonu Nigam4:58
3."Dil Kabootar Khana Hai"Sonu Nigam3:47
4."Krishna Hare (Female)"Sowmya Raoh4:32
5."Sona Sona Roop Hai"Sonu Nigam, Alisha Chinoy4:54
6."If the Shoe Fits"Sunita Sarathy4:19
7."Sooni Hawa (Female)"Sowmya Raoh4:58
8."Chin Chin Choo"Sanjiv Wadhawani3:51
9."Krishna Hare (Male)"Rajesh4:31

Critical receptionEdit

Bollywood/Hollywood was met with "mixed reviews",[2] and has a rating of 41% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 46 reviews.[3]

Awards and nominationsEdit

At the 23rd Genie Awards, presented in February 2003, the film received five nominations: Best Motion Picture, Best Original Screenplay (Deepa Mehta), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ranjit Chowdhry), and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Dina Pathak) and (Moushmi Chatterji).[4] Mehta won the Genie for Best Original Screenplay.[2]

Bollywood/Hollywood also won the Student Jury Award at the Newport International Film Festival, the Audience Award (Best Comedy) at the Sarasota Film Festival, and the Best Director (Canadian Film) at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.


  1. ^ BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD - BBFC. BBFC. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Deepa Metha". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Bollywood/Hollywood". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  4. ^ Bollywood Hollywood gets 5 Genie nominations Times of India, January 3, 2003.

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