The Second Most Exotic Marigold Hotel. . . . . the film

We decided to stay in last night,so  I watched this film  as husband did work.  I had loved the first film, (see the trailer at the end of the post), and looked forward to seeing the sequel.

The first half of the film I thought was weak with too much exuberance by Sonny the proprietor, though there are lovely colors and tourist shots of Jai Pur. If any of you visit India on a tour, you most likely will visit Rajasthan, the state of the colored cities. Jai Pur is the Pink City and the jewel of the crown.  The following sites are  very popular and shown in the film.

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The City or Wind Palace. . . . . .



The romantic summer  palace. . . .


India’s Great Wall as seen  from the Amber Fort. . . . .



The shining Amber Fort. . . . .

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And of course the magnificent painted elephants!( The elephants you see and ride are all female as the bulls are quite erasable and mean.  In fact, there is only one male elephant in all of Jai Pur for breeding purposes and all the rest are female!)

Besides the sights, the second half redeems itself with a pretty authentic Indian Wedding, complete with  Bollywood dancing . There are  some rather tender moments   from the multi-generational caste as to the importance of love ,no matter your age.

For Indiaphiles like me, you will enjoy it.  It is not a great film, but it doesn’t have to be. . . . it is about and shot in Incredible India!

My favorite line was “There is nothing like an Indian welcome!”

I know that to be true!

This Is Incredible India! 

images from google public domain


About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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9 Responses to The Second Most Exotic Marigold Hotel. . . . . the film

  1. SitaRasa says:

    Thanks for posting! As soon as this movie is for rent on iTunes I’ll watch it, I loved the first one too. Well, every movie with Judi Dench is a gem anyway.
    I’ve never been to India, but met wonderful people from there during my studies, who had and still have a great influence on my life. One of them was Swami Ranganathananda.
    Hopefully I can visit India in the future, but one has to be very healthy (digestion wise) to be able to enjoy it. I’m glad you could/can 🙂
    Some time ago I watched this movie on youtube: and saved some pictures from it to paint this summer, especially from sadhus. Another great movie, documentary which I was even more impressed by is Blood Brother. If you haven’t seen it, I can very much recommend it.
    Best wishes and happy travels, Namaste 🙂

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    • annetbell says:

      I just sat here and watched Beyond . . . what a treasure of memories flooding into my mind, and deepening my desire to return to that magical place! The Second Marigold Hotel was either ON Demand or Netflix, my husband set it up for me! Yes , Yes. . . Judy Dench is marvelous in anything! Going to see Mr. Holmes in a little while. Thanks for making my day . I will use it for a post though most people won’t watch for 43 minutes, but I will credit you and your blog and post it for the Indiaphiles!


  2. SitaRasa says:

    Oh thanks 🙂 Yes please use it, even if this would be without mentioning me – that’s ok (don’t know if people like figure drawing). I’ll post the movie in a while too, when I finished one of the paintings of a sadhu from the film (if it works out) – still have to start with it. On Netflix Europe there is less choice in movies btw, but the 2nd Marigold H. will be for rent on iTunes sooner.
    Love your posts about India and other travels, will check those out too. And thanks for your kind reply 🙂 Have fun with Mr. Holmes!

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    • annetbell says:

      Well some of the students with whom we too to India were architects! Some of them got to be very good sketchers but at first were resistant. They use a computer all the time. But David, my husband, the professor insisted and said they would improve with practice. Of course , he is always correct, as they discovered!


  3. SitaRasa says:

    Thank you so much for mentioning me in your latest post 🙂 That’s so kind.


  4. joey says:

    I loved both of those movies 😀


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