The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2015 comedy-drama film directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker. It is the sequel to the 2011 sleeper hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and features an ensemble cast consisting of stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tina Desai, Lillete Dubey, Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie, Rajesh Tailang, Ronald Pickup, David Strathairn, Tamsin Greig, Dev Patel and Richard Gere.
|The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|
UK release poster
|Directed by||John Madden|
|Produced by||Graham Broadbent|
|Written by||Ol Parker|
|Music by||Thomas Newman|
|Edited by||John Madden|
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|Country||United Kingdom |
|Box office||$90.4 million|
Muriel Donnelly and Sonny Kapoor travel to San Diego, California to propose a plan to hotel magnate Ty Burley for buying and opening a second hotel in India as a companion to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. They are told that a company inspector will anonymously visit India to evaluate the project.
Back in Jaipur, Evelyn Greenslade is offered a job as a fabric buyer. She is concerned that at age 79, the job will require many responsibilities and considerable travel. Douglas Ainslie, who is in love with Evelyn, is worried about losing time with her as well, and also eager to introduce her to his daughter.
Sonny's life becomes complicated by plans for his upcoming wedding to Sunaina, plus a possible rival for her affections and his business interests. He is also desperate to impress American visitor Guy Chambers, whom he immediately identifies as the American hotel chain's anonymous inspector. Noting the interest Guy has taken in Sonny's mother, he encourages a romantic relationship between them at first, then angrily resents it when he concludes Guy is not the inspector after all.
Madge Hardcastle's dilemma is deciding between two suitors from India and which to wed. Norman Cousins becomes frantic when he believes a local taxi driver mistakenly assumed Norman wanted a fatal accident to befall his current sweetheart, Carol, but then discovers that she has been sleeping with other men. And Douglas' daughter arrives for a visit with his estranged wife Jean (who returned to the UK at the end of the previous film) seeking a divorce so that she can remarry.
Muriel, while having received bad news from a medical appointment, struggles to keep Sonny from ruining his wedding, his business and his future, having become quite fond of him. Decisions come to a head for all during the colourful wedding of Sonny and Sunaina.
- Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade
- Maggie Smith as Muriel Donnelly
- Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie
- Dev Patel as Sonny Kapoor
- Celia Imrie as Madge Hardcastle
- Penelope Wilton as Jean Ainslie
- Ronald Pickup as Norman Cousins
- Diana Hardcastle as Carol Parr
- Tina Desai as Sunaina Kapoor
- Claire Price as Laura Ainslie
- Lillete Dubey as Mrs. Kapoor
- Richard Gere as Guy Chambers
- David Strathairn as Ty Burley
- Tamsin Greig as Lavinia Beech/Theresa
- Shazad Latif as Kushal
- Rajesh Tailang as Babul
- Denzil Smith as Mr Dhurana, the Viceroy Club Secretary
On 29 October 2012, Vulture reported that screenwriter Ol Parker was consulted to deliver a treatment to Fox Searchlight Pictures executives for a sequel titled The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Most of the cast agreed to come back. On 28 October 2013, Radio Times revealed that the cast would be flying to India to shoot the sequel film in January 2014.
On 2 December 2012, Showbiz411 stated that Colin Firth and Helen Mirren might join the ensemble cast of the film (they ultimately did not). On 28 October 2013 Radio Times stated that Penelope Wilton confirmed the cast, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie, would return for the sequel, set to start filming in January 2014. On 30 October, Deadline reported that Richard Gere was in talks to join the ensemble cast of the sequel. Later on 10 January 2014, Gere confirmed his new role in the film; other newcomers added to the film include Tamsin Greig and David Strathairn.
The first trailer was released on 7 August 2014, with the title The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel announced.
|The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||February 20, 2015|
After the success of the first part, Thomas Newman returned to compose music for the sequel. The Soundtrack Album consisting of 28 tracks was released on 20 February 2015. The Soundtrack included various songs by Indian Artists including Pritam, Himesh Reshammiya and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
All tracks are written by Thomas Newman (except where noted).
|2.||"Second Best Exotic"||3:05|
|3.||"Knees Then Names"||1:56|
|6.||"Yeh Ishq Haaye" (Composed by Pritam, Sung by Shreya Ghoshal)||3:55|
|7.||"Busy Pensioner Bee"||1:14|
|8.||"Nimish & Abhilash"||1:27|
|11.||"Soft Hiss of Treachery"||1:12|
|13.||"Balma" (Composed by Himesh Reshammiya, Sung by Shreya Ghoshal & Sriram)||3:48|
|14.||"The Fun Never Starts"||1:39|
|18.||"The Brilliant Bits"||2:43|
|20.||"Bringer of New Things"||0:34|
|21.||"Aaila Re Aaila" (Composed by Pritam, Sung by Daler Mehndi & Kalpana Patowary)||3:15|
|24.||"Reservoirs of Affection"||1:23|
|26.||"Jhoom Barabar Jhoom" (Composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Sung by KK, Sukhwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan & Mahalaxmi Iyer)||3:38|
|27.||"Life Piled On Life"||1:06|
|28.||"Map of The World (End Title)"||4:42|
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel topped the UK box office during its first week, earning £3.8 million. It stayed top of the UK box office chart for a second week, grossing over £1.9 million and held on to the top spot for the third week in a row, fended off competition from latest Liam Neeson actioner, Run All Night, and claimed £1.4 million in total. In the United States, the India-set comedy opened strong at number three at the US box office with an estimated $8.6 million in its first weekend of release. India-themed films rarely climb this high on the US box office charts. Even Hollywood studio films such as The Hundred Foot Journey, and Million Dollar Arm never made it to the top three at any time during their runs despite playing in more theaters than Marigold. During its opening weekend, the film also scored the highest average gross of any film in wide release, averaging $5,467 from 1,573 theaters.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of rating of 64%, based on 175 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The site's consensus reads, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about as original as its title—but with a cast this talented and effortlessly charming, that hardly matters." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". According to CinemaScore, audiences gave the film a grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
Peter Debruge of Variety wrote: "It’s not so common to find an ensemble of this caliber so enthusiastic to work together, and that chemistry comes across." Leslie Felper of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a sluggish also-ran compared to its predecessor."
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