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Bollywood/Hollywood Promotional Movie Poster
Directed by Deepa Mehta
Produced by Deepa Mehta
Written by Deepa Mehta
Starring Rahul Khanna
Lisa Ray
Moushumi Chatterjee
Music by Sandeep Chowta
Cinematography Douglas Koch
Edited by Barry Farrell
Release dates
October 25, 2002
Running time
105 minutes
Country Canada

Bollywood/Hollywood is a 2002 Canadian 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). 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.



Bollywood Hollywood
Soundtrack album by Sandeep Chowta
17 March 2009 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 44:04
Sandeep Chowta chronology
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Bollywood/Hollywood Road

Music is composed by Sandeep Chowta. The musics got good reviews.

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Rang Rang"   Sonu Nigam, Alisha Chinoy 4:03
2. "Sooni Hawa (Male)"   Sonu Nigam 4:58
3. "Dil Kabootar Khana Hai"   Sonu Nigam 3:47
4. "Krishna Hare (Female)"   Sowmya Raoh 4:32
5. "Sona Sona Roop Hai"   Sonu Nigam, Alisha Chinoy 4:54
6. "If the Shoe Fits"   Sunita Sarathy 4:19
7. "Sooni Hawa (Female)"   Sowmya Raoh 4:58
8. "Chin Chin Choo"   Sanjiv Wadhawani 3:51
9. "Krishna Hare (Male)"   Rajesh 4:31
10. "Salsa"   Instrumental 3:11

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