What fun! This weekend was the ‘Indian Premier’ of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with a special viewing for cast n crew.
At the entrance, we were greeted with a merry marigold covered rickshaw then exuberant drumming and dancing part of most Indian marriages and celebrations.
While none of the UK or American cast were able to join, the Fox Searchlight team was well represented. John Madden did a wonderful job making the evening an inclusive appreciation of all the efforts that went into creating another delightful film. The writer – Ol Parker – and Producer – Graham Broadbent – were also very much a part of the event and after-screening dinner gathering.
Just like in the 1st Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, it brings together a remarkable cast of stalwarts such as Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Penelope Wilton then adds Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig, zings up ‘desi style’ with Lillete Dubey, Tina Desai, Dev Patel and many more…
Of course it makes for a marvellous romp! There were many enjoyable moments and Maggie Smith in particular is simply outstanding. There is a lovely dynamic between Dench and Nighy and delightful to see Richard Gere as Lillete’s love interest. 😉
I won’t say more about the movie – just watch and enjoy!
It also can’t help but spark more stories of enjoying life in later years in ‘non-traditional’ ways – just need a zest for life and being open to new experiences!
Yeah I’ll admit it… I bent the ear of the writer with tales of my great-aunt who kept kicking-up her heels traveling with great gusto, humour (and a much younger hubby!) until just over 100 years.
Any one else have a family member or friend who post 70 opens a new chapter and takes life into a completely different direction?
A few video links for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: