Marigold - Notepad

wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?)
quick review:

This is Hollywood's marriage with Bollywood, it seems. One thing is for sure, this director/writer shouldn't have been the priest!! Salman and Ali think smiling is the only form of acting. And this supposed musical has awful music.

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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

Marigold (Ali Larter) is a Hollywood actor, with a whole lot of attitude that she could do without, who has come to India for a movie shoot. The movie is cancelled and she somehow finds herself as a dancer in a Hindi movie. She meets Prem (Salman Khan) and you are supposed to sit through the rest to know what happens next, if anything at all.

What Worked

  • A few subtle, funny one-liners.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • A huge jump cut which broke the axis of action - In the airplane, Marigold is shown as walking from the business class to economy/coach class (towards the camera). In the next shot, she is shown as approaching her seat from behind, i.e. again approaching the camera without any movement of camera.
  • Do any of the characters know what it is they exactly want from life? Prem, his father, Marigold, Barry?
  • Only Salman Khan could try to get away with saying, "That's awful", with a monotonous smile on his face!
  • Ali Larter's cynical-lop-sided smile, that she wears half the time she is on screen - is it there for a reason, or someone somewhere thought she looks good when she does that?
  • Why exactly was Gulshan Grover trying to do an "Eklavya"
  • If they wanted to give the father-son conflict just 2 minutes to resolve, why did they put it in there in the first place?
  • How does Barry know who Prem's father is?

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • How I wish Taxis stood in such neat lines at Mumbai airport.
  • Why is Prem who is a teetotaler insisting that Marigold needs a drink?!
  • Wasn't Jaanvi (Nandana Sen) supposed to leave for Mumbai? Whatever happened to that?
  • Is the taxi driver a psychic? How does he know anything about Marigold's love life?
  • Why does Prem ask Gulshan Grover where his father is, when the father is standing right there?!
  • If Ali cannot enact a whistle, was it necessary for her to whistle? And if it was necessary, couldn't anyone teach her how to act it out?