Directors in Hollywood are known for their experimentation and their primal focus on the script. They globe trot in search for interesting and inspirational stories which can appeal to their global audience. With Hollywood movies doing well in India, the directors there are trying to make something familiar to these audiences to keep them engaged as India is potentially a huge market in terms of movie lovers.
Notable movies like Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire with their plot based in India have brought the local audience closer to Hollywood. Other blockbusters like 2012, The Day after tomorrow and of course Mission Impossible 4 (You must remember the epic performance of our own star Mr. Anil Kapoor) too have shot scenes in India to enhance the acceptability of these movies among Indian audience.
With this new found love of Hollywood towards India, we bring you 5 lesser known Hollywood movies with their plot based in India:
1. The Darjeeling limited
The Darjeeling limited narrates the story of three brothers Francis (Owen Wilson), Peter (Adrien Brody) and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) who come to India on a journey planned by Francis. They board a train “The Darjeeling Limited” which travels across various terrains covering whole India. Francis has conned his brothers by hiding the true purpose of the extensive tour to discover spirituality.
2. Million Dollar Arm
Based on true story, the film is a narrative of a sporting event by the name “Million Dollar Arm” held in various Indian cities to identify hidden talents who could shine in the field of Baseball. The movie had Jon Hamm (Of Mad Men fame) playing the role of J B Bernstein, the famous baseball pitcher who organized the tournament and shaped the future of the selected individuals.
3. The best exotic Marigold hotel
The British comedy movie was a huge box office success raking $136 million with a budget of meager $10 million. The movie shot prominently in Rajasthan explores the life of elderly British nationals who after retirement come to India for long stays at affordable prices. The movie received wide critical acclaim for its performances and unconventional theme.
4. The Namesake
Mira Nair made her mark in Hollywood through Monsoon Wedding depicting the complexities of Indian society and its rituals. Her other attempt, The Namesake which was an adoption of the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri by the same name, reflects the problems of lost identity of immigrants. The movie has some of the best actors of Bollywood (Irrfan Khan, Tabu) and Hollywood (Kal Penn).
It is a British-Indian movie where the role of protagonist is played by Freida Pinto. The movie is an adaption of Thomas Hardy’s novel, Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Rajasthan was again the choice for the shooting. The movie tells the story of a woman whose life is a wreck due to social restrictions and taboos and due to complications in love.