The film was shot in Jaipur, India over nine and a half weeks. India was a “learning experience” for Dame Judi Dench, who agrees with her character’s description of the country as “an assault on the senses.” This was the veteran actress’s first trip to India and we hear it left her with memories of a lifetime!! “Within 24 hours, I was completely fascinated and bewitched by India.
18th May, 2012
Fox Searchlight Pictures
A group of British retirees have outsourced their retirement, attracted by the less expensive and seemingly exotic India. They are enticed by advertisements about the newly restored Marigold Hotel and given false dreams of a life with leisure. They arrive at the hotel to find that it is not as advertised and, although the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, the retirees are profoundly transformed by their subsequent experiences.
Having arrived in Jaipur following the cancellation of their connecting flight, Graham arranges for the group to be taken by bus and tuk-tuk overnight to the hotel. However, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is not what the seven retirees expect, as the phones are out of order, the building is dilapidated and the Indian food is not what they are used to.
Jean is reluctant to explore the new culture, as well as her fellow guests (apart from Graham, due mainly to his former position as a High Court judge); but her husband, Douglas proceeds to explore the city, visiting the sights that Graham recommends. Meanwhile, Graham disappears each day without telling of his destination.
The film ends with Sonny and Sunaina riding a moped along the street, passing Douglas and Evelyn who are riding on another moped. Madge is in her club being wined and dined by an Indian man; Norman washes socks as Carol reads the Kama Sutra in their room. Muriel is seen behind the desk of the hotel as Assistant Manager, welcoming guests.