'Marigold' to take off
By Taran Adarsh, 2003 Oct 2 India FM
Amidst reports that the Hollywood project MARIGOLD [starring Salman Khan] is shelved, comes the news that Becker Films International, an Australian company, has decided to join hands with Hyperion Pictures, the makers of the film.
Directed by Willard Carroll, this $ 10 million film will now start filming in early 2004 and will be produced by Carroll, Charles Salmon and Hyperion Founder Tom Wilhite.
"The Indian movie industry sees MARIGOLD as an opportunity to present a positive view of Bollywood to the West," says Sidhartha M. Jain, Vice President of Hyperion Pictures India and the film's co-executive producer.
MARIGOLD is about a Hollywood actress stranded in India when her film is suddenly cancelled. Penniless and unable to return home, the desperate Marigold accepts a role in a gaudy Bollywood production. But Marigold has two left feet and in Bollywood all film performers must dance.
Salman Khan is cast as Marigold's dance director, whose secret is that he is also the prince of a royal Indian family. gIn the next few weeks, we will be announcing the actress who will play the role of Marigold,h says Jain.
MARIGOLD will be launched at the MIFED market in Milan as the first real 'Hollywood meets Bollywood' film.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have composed seven songs, with lyrics by L.A. pop icon Shari 'Truth Hurts' Watson, whose cross-cultural mix 'Addictive' was one of the past year's biggest dance hits.