Review: Marigold

He wants her cause she is hot and white and blonde

This movie was unbearably bad and an insult to Bollywood really. Ali Larter could not act if her life dependent on it, and she can’t dance either or do anything that isn’t cringe-worthy in this movie. All her movements in the dance sequence and her lines are mechanical and rehearsed and she tries too hard but still fails on every account. I doubt she was acting really and I think she was seriously miscast for this role anyway.

In the beginning it was sort of part of the plot that she was to be mean and bitchy while later she was to soften and brighten up. But nothing really  changes. Yes she stopped being so caustic, but that’s about it. In the movie she plays the typical culturally insensitive, generally not particularly bright, uneducated orange county bimbette with no endearing qualities about her really. She is self absorbed, superficial and conceited. Salman Khan plays the soft-spoken, smart and sensitive guy who – for odd reasons – falls in love with this vacuous-pet of a woman’s soul after 5 minutes and is apparently not the least bit interested in sleeping with her. Yeah right.

Salman Khan and Ali Larter - a match made in prejudice against another culture heaven

Everytime they have a conversation it is like a walk down idiot lane cause she is so dumb and uninspired. He is the total opposite but not in a “opposites-attract” kind of way but more in a “what was he thinking” kind of way. Sometime opposites attract and it is riveting to watch the two characters overcome these initial challenges and get closer with sparks flying, but with these two: no sparks – just a few faded noises here and there. Bland and boring, like Ali Larter.

Interestingly, Larter plays exactly how Indians view American women and “Westerners” in general – thus perpetuating the stereotype of American girls being dumb, superficial, uneducated, blonde, sex kittens with awesome racks but no charm and otherwise much substance behind them. Terrible.

Oh and no one seems to have alerted Khan that the movie is a farce, as in work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations. He plays his character seriously. Everytime he talks to her, the feel and content of the conversation is as if someone were to ask Lindsey Lohan about an exist strategy out of Iraq. It is really ridiculous.

Bttom line: bad story, terrible acting, the two protagonists have no chemistry whatsoever, the dance and music scenes are boring and character development non-existent. And let’s not even get into the highly improbably story line. I like Bollywood flicks and I have a big tolerance for cheesy, over-the-top story lines and overacting – as that is just part of the genre – but this was just too much – even for me. This is an empty, pointless, incredibly dumb movie filled with terrible stereotypes about both sides. I would not recommend you waste your time on this one.

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  1. #1 by Kim Blossom on July 29, 2012 - 6:46 AM

    Perhaps you can suggest some Indian movies that are more entertaining. I have seen quite a few but would love to watch more. I absolutely love the entire culture, music, food, fashion humour, spirituality and most of all the sophistication of such beautiful people. I live in Toronto and therefore I am lucky enough to live amongst many indian people. I am Jewish and have friends who are also Jewish and are from India. Such an exotic blend of people.

    • #2 by popreflection on August 7, 2012 - 3:12 PM

      Try Salaam Namaste. Also try anything with Shahrukh Khan. Main Hoon Na is pretty good, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna . His older stuff is good too. If you want to see him in a more serious role, check out Swades. I like everything with Preity Zinta, SRK (Shahrukh Khan). Hrithik Roshan is pretty good too. Go to IMDB and put in these names and titles and see what movies they did and then buy or rent them. Hope this helps 🙂

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