Bollywood/Hollywood Promotional Movie Poster
|Directed by||Deepa Mehta|
|Written by||Deepa Mehta|
|Music by||Sandeep Chowta|
|Editing by||Barry Farrell|
|Release dates||October 25, 2002|
|Running time||105 minutes|
|Language||English / Hindi / Spanish|
Bollywood/Hollywood is a 2002 film by Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta. It is 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). Bollywood actor Akshaye Khanna (the brother of Rahul Khanna) makes a special guest appearance in the movie.
Bollywood/Hollywood centres on the character of Rahul Seth (Rahul Khanna), a young, rich, Indo-Canadian living in Toronto whose widowed mother (Moushumi Chatterjee) is eager to get him married after the freak-accidental death of his white pop singer girlfriend, Kimberly (Jessica Paré). Furthermore, the mother proclaims that the impending wedding of her daughter Twinky (Rishma Malik) and Bobby will not take place until Rahul has found himself a 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 (Lisa Ray). Thinking she is a Spanish escort, he hires her to pose as his fiancée. 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—and eventually consider one another a fit match. Pleased, Mrs. Seth agrees to sanction Twinky's wedding.
Rahul and Sue grow more intimate, later to share stories about their pasts. It is revealed that Sue was once offered as a bride to the well-meaning but dim-witted prizefighter known as 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 as a famous drag queen.
The blossoming romance is shaken, however, when Rahul is told that Sue was not only an escort, but a prostitute as well by a drunken friend at Bobby's bachelor party. Sue is 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 withdraw her sponsorship of Twinky's wedding, due to her promise—but she need not; Twinky's wedding has already taken place, well before the planned date.
Prodded by his understanding, Shakespeare-quoting grandmother (Dina Pathak), Rahul goes after Sue and professes his true opinion of her, and proposes marriage to her as well. Sue initially turns him down, only to be found later in the driver seat of his limo to show her acceptance of his proposal.
- Rahul Khana as Rahul Seth
- Lisa Ray as Sunita "Sue" Singh
- Moushumi Chatterjee as Mummy-ji
- Rishma Malik as Twinky Seth
- Dina Pathak as Grandma-ji
- Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Sue's Papa-ji
- Akshaye Khanna as Himself
- Jessica Paré as Kimberly
- Ranjit Chowdhry as Rocky
Awards and nominations
23rd Genie Awards
- Genie Award for Best Motion Picture
- Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay: Deepa Mehta: Won 
- Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Ranjit Chowdhry: Nomination
- Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Dina Pathak : Nomination
- Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Moushmi Chatterji Nomination.
- Awards Internet Movie Database.
- Bollywood Hollywood gets 5 Genie nominations Times of India, January 3, 2003,