The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

Sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina. Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture. Evelyn and Douglas have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors.

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Dev as: Sonny Kapoor
Directed by: John Madden
Written by: Ol Parker
Other cast: Judi Dench (Evelyn Greenslade), Maggie Smith (Muriel Donnelly), Bill Nighy (Douglas Ainslie), Penelope Wilton (Jean Ainslie), Celia Imrie (Madge Hardcastle), Ronald Pickup (Norman Cousins), Tina Desai (Sunaina), Diana Hardcastle (Carol Parr), Lillete Dubey (Mrs. Kapoor), David Strathairn (Ty Burley), & Richard Gere (Guy Chambers).
Release Date: February 26, 2015 (UK) | March 6, 2015 (USA)
Runtime: 122 min
Boxoffice: $85,978,266 (Worldwide)
Critical Acclaim: 62% Rotten Tomatoes | 51 Meta Critics Score

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Production Notes

Patel was thrilled the second he heard rumors of a new life for a character who took off into the cultural zeitgeist – and one for whom he has an extreme affection. “I feel so lucky because Ol Parker wrote Sonny to my strengths, and I can completely relate to him. He’s a showman, but behind that is an insecurity,” he observes. “And at this juncture, he feels his life may be spiraling out of control. He’s getting married, with all that that involves in India, the hotel needs to be expanded and beyond, then there is this handsome guy Kush, who he feels is threatening both his relationship with Sunaina and his business ventures.”

Patel is familiar with the kinds of pressure Indian weddings can put on a groom-to-be, no matter how exuberant. “There are tons of ceremonies and preparations that go into an Indian wedding. So it’s an incredibly stressful time for Sonny,” he observes, “and he’s trying to balance it all with his business.”

Sonny is also trying to impress Guy Chambers (played by Richard Gere), convinced that the unruffled writer could be the hotel inspector sent from America to evaluate his operation- which leads to one mishap after another. “Sonny gets quite distracted by Guy, and nearly ignores his fiancée,” laughs Patel. “Richard was great to work with in this role. He’s this silver fox who can turn it on but he also can play very deadpan and I think that gives him a lovely dynamic with Sonny. And of course, he’s so charismatic.”

For Patel, seeing all the hotel’s residents together again was inspiring. “It was beautiful to have everyone back,” he says. “They’re all such heavyweights, yet I fell right back into rhythm with them and it just felt like home, basically. That kind of feeling allows you the utter confidence to try anything.”

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