Marigold directed by American director Willard Carroll is a fiendish adventure. The movie is a spurious romantic musical comedy.. romance is sloppy and comedy, well I didn?t find any traces of it. I wonder what Salman Khan was thinking when he signed this movie. There’s nothing here that hasn’t been done better in a hundred Mills & Boon novels.
Let me give you a gist of the storyline:
Marigold (Ali Larter) is a self-absorbed girl with a very bad temper. She flies to India to shoot for a film, only to find out that the project has been folded due to financial issues. She looses her luggage and the taxi driver has left her stranded in a clumsy place in Goa. She befriends an Indian girl Rani who gets her a role in a bollywood musical. Here Marigold falls for the choreographer, Prem (Salman Khan).
A material that is even worse for a tele film is shot into a movie starring Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and Hollywood girl Ali Larter. Director Willard Carroll execution has failed. He has borrowed bits and pieces of a bollywood masala pot boiler and put it across haphazardly. The screenplay is far from gripping. The film starts sluggishly and continues to drag till the end.
Marigold has nothing to catch your attention. The first quarter of the film is spent in demonstrating the flaws in Marigold, the character. While the second half is about the union of the two lovers, Marigold and Prem. The movie drags to such an extent that the threshold of elasticity is lost. Execution is so amateurish that it has nothing that makes you feel excited. The script and the dialogues is what an adolescent would write for a school competition. Choreography is terrible. Music by Shankar-Ehasaan-Loy is ok.
The performance leaves you cold and shivery, waiting for moments to connect with the characters. But sadly the moment never comes. Salman Khan just hasnt got it right, a disappointing performance. Ali Larter is good and carries her role with ease. Suchitra Pillai over acts. Gulshan Grover is just wasted. The rest of the cast is ok.
Overall the long-in-the-making Marigold is a weak product and should be remembered as one of Salman Khan’s worst this decade.
Rating: One Star