Bollywood Queen

2003

Bollywood Queen

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71%

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41%

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Movie Info

A half-parody and half-loving tribute to the over-the-top style of Indian musicals, this song-and-dance-filled musical comedy-drama concerns Geena (Preeya Kalidas), a pretty and virtuous young women who has been raised by a loving but strictly traditional Indian family. One day, Geena happens to meet a charming and footloose visiting Englishmen named Jay (James MacAvoy), and it's love at first sight for the both of them. However, Geena's family does not approve of her dating a relative stranger, and as her brothers keep an eye on her every move, Geena is forced to meet Jay on the sly. Before long, she impulsively leaves for England with him, with her family giving chase. Along the way, the story stops periodically to give the characters the opportunity to burst into song, though along with the expected Hindi pop tunes, the characters let loose with blues, folk, and roots rock compositions. Bollywood Queen was screened in competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Cast

Riz Abbasi
as Deepak
Alamin K. J. Bhuiya
as Wedding Musician
Peter Bond
as taxi driver
Jesse Callay
as Neeta's Father
Ameet Chana
as DJ At Wedding
Felix Dexter
as Stardust FM DJ
Dhol Foundation
as Drummers In Cinema
Ben Frost
as taxi passenger
Abhin Galeya
as Anil's Friend
Nasreen Hossain
as Hindi Cinema Voices
Inderjit Kalyana
as Wedding Musician
Rashid Karapiet
as Hindi Cinema Voices
Tony Kennedy
as scaffolder
Asha Khanom
as Ganesh Employee
Chandrakant Patel
as Ravi's Friend
Suryakant Patel
as Ravi's Friend
Peter Quince
as Antony Gould
Gavin Rees
as lecturer
Hari Sajjan
as poster filmstar
Renu Setna
as Uncle Ganesh
Baluji Shrivastav
as Wedding Musician
Anouk Taylor
as Sanjay's Daughter
Marc Zuber
as Chander
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Critic Reviews for Bollywood Queen

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (2)

  • A riot of color and confusion stitched around a flimsy plot, director Jeremy Wooding's debut gets off to a vibrant start and offers intermittent charm, but runs out of steam fast.

    Mar 31, 2009 | Full Review…

    David Rooney

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Quaint shots of the capital and the countryside suggest this is designed for overseas Anglophiles; and the generally ropey lighting, flimsy characterisation and so-so song-and-dance can't be excused by 'low budget charm'.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Arwa Haider

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The story is pretty daft -- but unlike similar British films, the implausibilities are offset by entertaining and ambitious dance numbers, exuberantly combining English and Hindi.

    Jan 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's great to see a British film with such a surfeit of vibrancy and life, and a complete disregard for all the unambitious conventions that have come to plague recent home-grown cinema.

    Oct 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Full of fun but with a deft touch of drama, Bollywood Queen achieves exactly what the filmmakers intend, and should be a terrific date movie.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • In his debut feature, James Wooding has combined a troubled romance with shades of mysticism and the kitschy, over-the-top glamour of a Bollywood musical to come up with a pleasantly original mix.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bollywood Queen

  • Apr 25, 2009
    The world does not need another Romeo and Juliet adaptation, and the bollywood style of singing and dancing is not for me. However, James McAvoy is always a treat.
    Summer W Super Reviewer

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