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Bollywood Calling [DVD]

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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000IZJQW0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,454 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When starting this review I wasn't sure how many stars to give it. But considering I have watched the movie about four times since 2002 and know I will watch it again at some point in the future (having just bought the DVD), I think that it definitely merits five stars.

The basic story is that Cusick's character (Pat), an actor based in LA, lands a role in a Bollywood film. While Pat has certain expectations such as being on time or having a script, he is faced with the organised chaos of India. Ensue hilarity.

This is a pretty low budget film which doesn't benefit from the best cast or production (I always feel that the sound in particular is rather poor, as if it was filmed on a home movie camera). However, it does have an outstanding performance from Om Puri (known in the UK for 'East is East') as the anxious-to-please producer-director Subra, who travels to America to entice Pat to Hyderabad to star in his all-singing-all-dancing Bollywood movie. Pat, a has-been with a drink problem, finally agrees to go and finds himself faced with the hap-hazard manner of Bollywood, an ageing leading man who still plays young heroes and controls everybody on set, and a straight-talking leading lady who finally becomes his friend. Writer/Director Nagesh Kukunoor is also pretty good in his small role as a supporting actor.

While making fun of the obvious flaws in the Indian film industry, Bollywood Calling is also something of an homage to the industry. Not recommended for anyone who hasn't seen any Bollywood films, because you just won't get the jokes. A fun film - and worth watching for Om Puri alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 Nov. 2014
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Live this movie!
4.0 out of 5 stars Jolly Bollywood 10 Aug. 2014
By Nanckauf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a spoof on Bollywood and turns out to be very funny and very entertaining. Every stereotype on India--or so it seems--is pulled out for this film. A washed up, but intelligent, American actor gets a chance at a role that's off in India. He's shocked by what he finds and proceeds to upset their apple cart during shooting. But then, he comes out of the encounter having gained as much as the Indian cast and crew. It's really worth seeing. For those Americans with experience in India it will mean even more. Om Puri enhances it all with some really good acting. The dialogue is peppered with South-Asianisms like "Thanks you!" This film will leave you laughing and uplifted.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Refreshing Movie 21 Feb. 2015
By Chandra Sekar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
It is a very interesting movie with a wonderful story line. Persons of Indian origin or people who have visited India will love it!
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