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Moving, sincere, funny.”—Independent on Sunday “Underneath the ironies, [The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel] is a book about remembering—too late, or not too. The book that inspired the box office hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel. This book came about because I'd been thinking a lot about growing older, about what is going to happen to us all. The population is ageing – for the first time.

Jean, realising her marriage is dead, encourages Douglas to return to stay in the hotel, whilst she returns to England.

Producers Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin were the ones who first saw the potential for a film in Deborah Moggach 's novel. The concept of outsourcing retirement, "taking our outsourcing of everyday tasks like banking and customer service one step further", appealed to them, and they commissioned screenwriter Ol Parker to formulate this concept into a screenplay.

Parker wanted to take the older characters completely out of their element and involve them in a romantic comedy. They initially encountered difficulties finding a studio; Working Title Films rejected their proposals, considering it unmarketable, [3] but they eventually aligned with Participant Media , Imagination Abu Dhabi FZ, and Blueprint Pictures.

Madden considered the characters in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to be of "an analogous kind of geographical suspension", which have "entered a strange world removed from their former reality, cut off from their past, where they have to invent a new life for themselves". Producer Broadbent considers Dench's character to be central to the story, and that Evelyn is much like Dench herself, being "the most wonderfully sympathetic person".

John Madden considers Maggie Smith's character Muriel to be "instinctively xenophobic, never stepping out of her comfort zone in any way", which is not uncommon in England.

The filmmakers determined early on that the role of Sonny was crucial to the outcome of the picture, and they selected Dev Patel, who at the time was still revelling in the success of Slumdog Millionaire.

Dench described Patel as a "born comedian", and Madden considered him to be a "comic natural—a sort of Jacques Tati figure, with amazing physical presence and fantastic instincts".


Principal photography began on 10 October in India. Other scenes were shot in Kishangarh , and on the outskirts of Jaipur, footage was shot at Kanota Fort , which stood in for the Viceroy Club. The place where Sonny and Sunaina meet in the film was shot nearby at the Step Well near Amer Fort , a 10th-century establishment noted for its "ten stories of pale golden stone steps. It had these wonderful cool dark interiors, with glimpses of saturated light and the teeming life outside its walls.

Madden said that challenges of filming in India included the street noise, as well as the people's curiosity and hospitality when they saw him producing a camera. Most of the cast returned, with additions including American actor Richard Gere.

The soundtrack, composed by Thomas Newman , was released in the CD format in This was followed by release in a further 26 countries in March and April. From May to August, more and more nations saw the release of the film, before Japan's February release capped off the film's theatrical debut calendar.

In the US and Canada, the film initially opened in 16 theatres in its first week. Nations contributing sizable box office returns aside from the UK and North America included Australia The film received positive reviews from critics.

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Its consensus states " The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn't groundbreaking storytelling, but it's a sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle remarked that the film was "a rare reminder from movies that the grand emotions are not only for the young and the middle-aged", citing it "too well made to be dismissed and contains too much truth to be scorned. He declared the film "a charming, funny and heartwarming movie [and] a smoothly crafted entertainment that makes good use of seven superb veterans.

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone rated the comedy three out of four stars. But this is a cast that never makes a false move even when the script settles for formula.

Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly graded the film with a 'B—' rating, summarizing it as a "lulling, happy-face story of retirement-age self-renewal, set in a shimmering, weltering, jewel-colored India", and that it succeeded in selling "something safe and sweet, in a vivid foreign setting, to an underserved share of the moviegoing market.

At the Cinema Scapes Awards, organised on the sidelines of the Mumbai Film Festival , the film was honoured with the Best International Film accolade for showcasing Indian filming locations. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Judi Dench and Maggie Smith both received favourable reviews from critics.

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Retrieved 30 April Had I not seen the film first, I might have abandoned the book before reading too far into it. The first section of the book provides a series of realistic portrayals of the fears of elderly retired people facing rejection by the younger generation and also anticipating their gradual decline towards death.

However, I pressed on with reading this well-paced novel because I knew from the film that things were likely to start looking up as the people, who were being described, were about to take off to spend the rest of their retirement in a hotel in India.

Although the book is not exactly about India, I felt that the author did not transport me to India. She did not allow me to visualise a real place as I read her book.

Some of the retired English people in the hotel in Bangalore used email. This suggests to me that the writer was writing about recent times.

However, the Bangalore that she describes does not sound nearly as sophisticated as the city actually is.

I thought as I read the book that she could have been describing almost anywhere, throwing in a few local terms to remind the reader that it was India rather than anywhere else. Sevearal specific things particularly irritated me about this book.Beyond being just a good story, this book has some serious things to say about how the elderly are perceived and treated in Western cultures.

Even so, she could see him. It had none of the atmosphere that the movie had.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

But a damn good cook, like her mother, better than that slop at The Beeches. As someone who has been debating whether or not four or five viewpoints in a novel is too many, I'm impressed by the fact that Deborah Moggach has inhabited 14 or 15 of her characters, and she does this so well that you really feel you know them. Published March 20th by Random House first published