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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.

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Beside the path, daffodil blooms had shriveled into tissue paper. Spring had come and gone without his noticing. In the kitchen, Pauline was reading the Evening Standard. Ravi opened a carton of apple juice. There was a silence. Pauline looked at him.

He was a doctor; he tended the sick, he mended the broken. Those who were felled by accident, violence or even self-mutilation found in him a grave and reassuring presence. He bandaged up the wounds of those who lay at the wayside, unloved and unlovable; he staunched the bleeding. No- body was turned away, ever.

To do the job, of course, required detachment. He had long ago learned a sort of numbed empathy. Bodies were problems to be solved. These people were frightened. They were utterly alone, for sickness is the loneliest place on earth.

Work sealed him from the world that delivered him its casual- ties, the doors sighing open and surrendering them up to him; he was suspended from the life to which he would return at the end of his shift. Once home, however, he showered off the hospital smell and became a normal person.

And especially not to a disgust- ing old sod like Norman. Barely a week had passed and already Ravi wanted to murder his father-in-law. His amorous anec- dotes, like a loop of Muzak, reappeared with monotonous regu- larity.

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Already Ravi had heard, twice this week, the one about catching the clap in Bulawayo. Ravi had never liked him, and age had deepened this into loathing of the old goat with his phony regimental tie and stained trousers. He retained, for some rea- son, a vivid image of its mud-caked arse. Word gets around, you know.

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He is my father. Worse still, with her father in the house he noticed the similar- ity between them. On him they looked porcine, but one could still see the resemblance. We lost a lovely girl from Nova Scotia. They were preparing Sunday lunch. Ravi yanked open the oven door and pulled out the roasting tin. It was true.

He was always exhausted. He needed time to re- vive himself, to restore himself.

Only then could he become a husband again—a human being, even. The house was so small, with her father in it.

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When they banished him outside, the patio became littered with butts like the Out- patients doorway at St. Pauline slit open a packet of beans. They both knew what they were talking about.

At night, when they lay in bed, Ravi could almost feel her father a few inches away, lying in the pigsty that had once been the spare bedroom. Suddenly they were conspirators. Pauline put the beans on the counter and turned to her husband.

He pushed his wife against the kitchen unit. She was hot from cooking. He felt her nip- ple; her legs buckled. She moved her body against his. He slid his hand into the small of her back to cushion her from the cup- board knobs. There was a sound. They swung round. Norman came in, zip- ping up his trousers.

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Must be those chick- peas last night. Never any problem in that department. She had been a pretty girl once, nicely turned ankles, a bloom to her.

That was the trou- ble: she was too bloody nice. Besides, she was his wife. After a few years, like all roses, she was past her best.

She had grown into a mousy, middle-aged person who cooked his meals and scuttled around doing whatever women did, hardly a peep from her. The only time he heard her giggle was behind closed doors with their daughter Pauline. They would jump like rabbits. And now Rosemary was long since dead and his own daughter had become a middle-aged matron herself. One of these career girls, travel agent, never seen her way to give him a grandchild.

But a damn good cook, like her mother, better than that slop at The Beeches. Ravi could rustle up some decent grub too; he said it helped him relax.

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Nor- man liked teasing his son-in-law. All the fault of that damned electrician, what a cowboy. What were they suggesting, that he was losing his mar- bles?

Stark raving bonkers, most of them, wandering around in their nighties muttering to them- selves. His daughter had a heart of stone, sending him there. Producers Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin first saw the potential for a film in Deborah Moggach's novel with the idea of exploring the lives of the elderly beyond what one would expect of their age group.

With the assistance of screenwriter Ol Parker , they came up with a script in which they take the older characters completely out of their element and involve them in a romantic comedy. Principal photography began on 10 October in India, and most of the filming took place in the Indian state of Rajasthan , including the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur.

Ravla Khempur , an equestrian hotel which was originally the palace of a tribal chieftain in the village of Khempur , was chosen as the site for the film hotel. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 24 February and received critical acclaim; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opened to strong box-office business in the United Kingdom and continued to build worldwide.

It was ranked among the highest-grossing releases in Australia , New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and as one of the highest-grossing speciality releases of the year. Several British retirees decide to move to Jaipur , India , to stay in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, advertised as an exotic retirement home. After an eventful journey to Jaipur, the retirees discover the hotel is a dilapidated site, run by the energetic but inept manager, Sonny Kapoor.

Graham takes long walks in search of familiar ground. While Jean hides in the hotel, overwhelmed by the cultural changes, Douglas explores the city. Muriel, at first xenophobic to Indians, comes to appreciate her doctor, and maid Anokhi. Madge joins the Viceroy Club, surprised to find Norman there, and helps him get into a relationship with a woman named Carol.

Graham confides to Evelyn that he is gay , returning to Jaipur to find his long lost Indian lover Manoj, who he had to leave due to scandal. He, Evelyn, and Douglas eventually find Manoj, who has been happily married for years, but is overjoyed to see Graham again.

Graham passes away from an existing heart condition. Jean, increasingly pessimistic and envious, accuses Douglas of having an affair, only for Douglas to denounce their marriage. Kapoor rejects Sunaina. Sonny becomes disheartened and decides to close the hotel.

Evelyn encourages Sonny to express his love to Sunaina. Together, they race to the hotel, announcing to Mrs. Kapoor their intention to marry, regardless of her approval. Young Wasim, a hotel employee, reminds Mrs.

Moved, Mrs. Kapoor blesses Sonny's marriage. The residents agree to remain in the hotel, Carol moving in with Norman. 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.

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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.

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. Film portal. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 8 October