These days, cinema is all too open to accusations that it only targets the teenage audiences, with season upon season of blockbusters and sequels filling the screens.
Shakespeare in Love director John Madden has created a welcome antidote, with his charming Indian comedy-drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Seven seasoned - NOT elderly - characters, played by a catalogue of stars (see below), have their own reasons for assembling in India and taking up residence at a crumbly hotel.
For the stars, this meant filming in the dusty, crowded streets of Jaipur.
See what they thought of their experiences in our exclusive Featurette above, and below is some blurb on the film, in UK cinemas from Friday 24th February.
For a disparate group of English pensioners (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup), retirement takes an unconventional turn when they abandon their homeland, enticed by advertisements for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a seemingly luxurious sanctuary for “the elderly and beautiful” in Jaipur, India. On arrival, they discover that the hotel falls somewhat short of the romantic idyll promised in the brochure, but they are gradually won over by the ever-optimistic young manager Sonny (Dev Patel), and tentatively embark on a new adventure, finding that life can begin again when you let go of the past.
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