Director: Deepa Mehta Year: 2002 Run Time: 105min
Bollywood/Hollywood (2002)

Set in Toronto and its wealthier suburbs, Bollywood/Hollywood joyfully subverts the romantic conventions of both cultures. Rahul (Khanna), a rich South Asian– Canadian dot-com entrepreneur, is pressured by his mother (Chatterjee) and grandmother to find a nice Hindu girl to accompany him to his sister’s (Malik’s) elaborate wedding ceremony.

As a joking way of accommodating them, he hires Sue (Ray), a beautiful escort girl, to pretend to be his fiancée. Naturally, the two fall in love, and just as naturally, complications ensue. Incorporating the wild stylistic excesses of Bollywood — the melodrama, the choreography and the music — Mehta allows Indian culture and societal attitudes to play out in Toronto.

“Much hilarity, joyful song and dance numbers and a surprisingly touching love story.” — Kevin Laforest, Montreal Film Journal

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Deepa Mehta


Deepa Mehta


Ajay Virmani, David Hamilton, Camelia Frieberg


Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, Moushumi Chatterjee, Jessica Paré


Comedy, Drama, Romance


English, Dubbed in French




Bollywood/Hollywood is filmed and set in Ontario. Deepa Mehta lives in Ontario.

Ratings by Province:

PG Alberta
G British Columbia
PG Manitoba
PG New Brunswick
G Newfoundland and Labrador
PG Nova Scotia
PG Northwest Territories
PG Nunavut
PG Ontario
PG Prince Edward Island
G Québec
G Saskatchewan
G Yukon