Film: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Cast: Dev Patel, Tena Desae, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Richard Gere
Director: John Madden
You know you're in for a exhilarating ride when Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) says, "Instinct is the nose of the mind and I have a big nose." John Madden's The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel picks the thread from where the first installment ended.
(Sometimes the love that we search in the entire world remains right in front of our eyes)
Evelyn Greenslade's (Judi Dench) enterprising nature prompts her to take up a job at the age of 79, but being fearless is just one part of her persona. Beneath her tough exterior lies a soul craving for affection. Jaipur plays the right foil for her emotional involvement with the surroundings since the city knew the meaning of hospitality. Her decision, however, comes at a huge cost to her, but then who said that money is the most important thing in life for everybody. There is a fantastic scene in the film where Judi Dench goes to Mumbai and meets some business associates only to realise that the famous Indian hospitality is a thing embedded in our nature.
In another scene, a character Madge talks to her unmarried, 40-something driver and goes to visit his home. She has not decided on her best suitor yet and that keeps her mind occupied with negative thoughts, but then she gets into a conversation with her poor driver who can't even speak in fluent English. This is the most charming scene in the entire film.
Madge: Why didn't you marry?
Driver: Never fell in love.
Madge: Didn't stop me though.
When an ever fascinating Judi Dench says, 'it was meant to be about the end, but now it's about the beginning,' you immediately get the resolution.A lot of Bollywood soundtracks are used in the film and that sometimes breaks the narrative's flow, especially when the film deals with emotions of more subtle nature. The storyteller clearly mentions that 'there is no such place as ending, it's just a place where you leave the story,' so his digression to many plot points in a limited time period seems justified, but somehow this restricts any particular philosophy from taking the center-stage.
(All's well that ends well)
As per the film, the question is not about how many new lives we can have. Rather, it is whether 'do we possess the courage to cross the boundaries?'