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MOVIE Review: The second best exotic marigold hotel 

This is a British comedy set in India, a sequel to the original movie from 2012- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The story picks up from where the original ended, so make sure you see the original first. However, this is the slightly glamorous version of the original.

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  • Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade
  • Maggie Smith as Muriel Donnelly
  • Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie
  • Celia Imrie as Madge Hardcastle
  • Penelope Wilton as Jean Ainslie
  • Ronald Pickup as Norman Cousins
  • Diana Hardcastle as Carol Parr
  • Tina Desai as Sunaina
  • Dev Patel as Sonny Kapoor
  • Lillete Dubey as Mrs. Kapoor
  • Richard Gere as Guy Chambers
  • David Strathairn as Ty Burley
  • Tamsin Greig as Lavinia Beach


(All credits for Promotional Poster, Official trailer and Movie Info goes to Fox Searchlight UK. You may directly subscribe to their YouTube channel here

Directed & Edited by-

John Madden

Produced by- 

Graham Broadbent

Peter Czemin

Production Company- 

Blueprint Pictures, Participant Media

Distributed by-

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Release Date: March 2015 


1. The clothes- every single person's clothes are worth watching. The senior citizens in the movie are most appropriately dressed, especially the women. The colors are subtle and pleasant on regular days and vibrant and stylish on special occasions. The youth are trendy in a very attainable kind of look and the accessories on the women - well, you just don't want to miss. The Indian attire on the white women are specially note-worthy, for a change it suits the body type yet adds the flare of Indian vibrancy and color, unlike what we are used to seeing in most other movies or shows- a bad sari and an ill-fitting blouse. Lillete Dubey's sarees are simply stunning throughout the movie- do note every detail of her ensembles.

2. The details - the little details are very impressive- the street vendors, the windows, the terrace, the room, the flowers - all add to present the best of India. There is no focus on anything negative- even the driver's home looks good. Not to say that that's how movies must be made on India, but it is certainly a refreshing change.

3. The acting- The cast is powerful and need no validation, especially Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Richard Gere. Dev Patel has played his part to perfection. The accent, the style and the essence of the character (would use words carelessly, yet has genuine care for the elderly) makes you laugh. 

Who shouldn't watch the movie...  

1. This one is not for kids- simply because couple of story lines within the movie would classify as 'adult-content'- no there isn't any adult scene though. Also the pace is too slow and would test their patience. Lets say it's for 16 and above.

2. People who are not into gazing at the scenes beyond the characters there. If you don't look for interesting attention worthy details, you won't find any.

3. If you like fast paced movie, this isn't for you. The pace of the movie is really slow- perhaps to allow you to stare into the depths of it all.


Who should watch the movie... 

Who should watch this movie-
1. Anyone who is all for the intricate details in the backdrop of every frame.
2. Anyone who loves seeing vibrant sets and colorful clothing.
3. All the senior citizens- even though there is lot of 'last-phase- of- life' kind of dialogues, the message is also- it doesn't have to be a do- nothing-phase. The message is motivating both in terms of love life as well as professional life. Life is really about constantly evolving. After all, Isn't evolution the essence of living beings too? 

Update: How is the movie doing.. as of March 22 2015

According to Box Office Mojo, the movie grossed about $ 50 million world wide in the first two weeks of its release. Its budget was $ 10 million. It held the top slot of the UK box office chart for three consecutive weeks. In the USA, it was at the number three on the US box office, beating other movies with Indian themes like Hollywood produced movies- Life of PiThe Hundred Foot Journey, and Million Dollar Arm.

(by Sonal Kulshrestha who is an ardent lover of Hindi movies- just the good ones. She lives in Dallas, Texas)


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