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Marigold: An Adventure in India

MARIGOLD, directed by American director Willard Carroll, is as off-putting as a week-old omelette. In fact, MARIGOLD has nothing to keep your eyeballs glued to the screen. An apology of a story, a powerless screenplay, shoddy visual effects, poor music and nightmarish direction, that's the ideal description of MARIGOLD. No redeeming aspects? Nothing, except for a pretty looking Ali Larter.

Seriously, what were the makers thinking when they okayed this amateurish piece of writing? Look at the kind of cinema being churned out in India today. Good, bad, whatever, it's better than MARIGOLD.

In a nutshell, MARIGOLD is a classic case of 'Bad Cinema'. This one deserves to be watched by every director for understanding what not to make. One big yawn!

MARIGOLD is about a young American woman who travels to India and finds that her life is transformed in the most unexpected ways by her experiences and adventures there.

American actress Marigold [Ali Larter] arrives in India with no luggage and a bad attitude. Stranded in Goa when financing for her low-budget Hollywood movie falls apart, Marigold finds herself cast in a small role in a Bollywood musical. Eager to prove herself, she enlists the aid of Prem [Salman Khan], the film's choreographer. Marigold is most definitely not a natural dancer, but she experiences renewed confidence and growing love for Prem. 

In rapid succession, Marigold discovers that Prem will be marrying a beautiful India girl Janvi [Nandana Sen]. Unable to deal with this development, Marigold angrily departs from Prem's family estate. But she is urged back by Janvi who confesses that Prem doesn't love her and never will.

Another complication arises in the form of Marigold's boyfriend, Barry [Ian Bohen], who arrives in India unexpectedly and finds Marigold very much in love with Prem.

MARIGOLD disappoints on Level 1 itself. The storyline brings back memories of the forgettable stuff that dominated Hindi cinema in the 1970s. Thanks to a poor plotline, what unravels in the next 2 hours is as spiceless as boiled food. There's not a single moment in the film that makes you jump with joy or pine for the lovers.

The writing is so inane and amateurish that you actually pinch yourself, Is this for real? Are you actually watching a film or watching a bad dream? That's applicable for Willard Carroll's direction as well. Without doubt, 'The Razzie' for 2007 should be awarded to Mr. Carroll. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is of fast-forward quality. Anil Mehta's cinematography is alright, although the D.O.P. isn't in form here. The production design/sets are tacky. 

Salman Khan is terrible and so is his dialogue delivery. What were you saying in the movie, Mr. Khan? Were you chewing beetle nut? His lines are hardly audible. Also, he tries hard to ape the American accent, but falls flat. Ali Larter is as fresh as Marigold, the flower, not the movie. Her performance is quite interesting.

Vikas Bhalla is pure teakwood. So is Roopak Saluja -- absolutely wooden. Suchitra Pillai does well. Nandana Sen is unintentionally funny. Rakesh Bedi makes you laugh, for the right reasons. Vijayendra Ghatge and Kiran Juneja seemed to have walked out of the sets of DHARAM-VEER. And what was Gulshan Grover doing in this film? Ian Bohen adds to the list of non-actors.

On the whole, MARIGOLD is a terrible film with gloomy prospects. A sure-shot disaster!

Tom Wilhite
Charles Salmon

Willard Carroll

Star Cast
Salman Khan...... Prem
Ali Larter...... Marigold Lexton
Nandana Sen...... Jaanvi
Suchitra Pillai
Ian Bohen...... Barry
Shari Watson...... Doreen
Vikas Bhalla
Vijayendra Ghatge
Kiran Juneja
Gulshan Grover
Rakesh Bedi...... Manoj
Roopak Saluja...... Mani
Marc Allen Lewis...... Marc
Lea Moreno Young...... Valjean
Nihar Pandya

Cassettes and CD's on
Big Music

Vikas Bhalla
Alka Yagnik
Nikita Nigam
Sneha Pant
Nihira Joshi
Ali Larter
Truth Hurts

Javed Akhtar
Willard Carroll
Truth Hurts

Music Director
Shankar Mahadevan
Ehsaan Noorani
Loy Mendonca

Executive / Associate / Co-Producer
Pravin Nischal
Sidhartha M Jain
Reiko Bradley
Susan B. Landau

Anil Mehta

Farah Khan
Vaibhavi Merchant

Anuradha Singh

Andrew Belletty

Rocky S

Publicity Designs
Rahul Nanda
Himanshu Nanda
HR Enterprises

Publicity Stills

Anil Mehta

Story / Writer
Willard Carroll

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