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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Movie Review

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If you think that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is just another 'east meets west' kind of story, you will be pleasantly surprised. Directed by John Madden, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel revolves around the life of seven British senior citizens and their effort to discover themselves in the second innings of their life.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is based on the novel 'These Foolish Things' by Deborah Moggach. What lacks in the script is made up by the brilliant performance of the seven lead actors. While we must give the director due credit for not making just another film 'putting down India' in any way, the script lacks strength to get cash counters ringing at the Box Office.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel reveals the life of seven senior citizens - Evelyn (Judi Dench) is trying hard to come to terms with her husband's death and is therefore stuck with the broadband connection, which is in the name of her late husband.

Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) is very particular that everything dealing with her life should be 'English'. She is also looking out for a cheap hip replacement and is particular that the doctor should be British.
Douglas and Jean Ainslie (Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton) kept their marriage alive only to please the society that they live in. They are also going through a major financial crisis in the late years of their life.
Meanwhile, retired judge Graham Dashwood (Tom Wilkinson) wants back his lost love and so decides to come to India.

While Madge Hardcastle (Celia Imrie) is lonely and is in search of a true companion, Norman Cousins (Ronald Pickup) wants someone for a one-night stand. All these interesting characters land in the Best Exotic Marigold hotel in Udaipur.

Whatever be the outcome of the movie, one cannot ignore the brilliant display of emotions by the seven senior actors. In fact, it would be unfair to pick and name the best actor in the film as all the stars did a great job.

Overall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is worth watching for the super duper performance by the veteran actors.

Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie

Director: John Madden

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