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Bollywood Hero
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03.18.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
Bollywood Hero order
Director:
Bill Bennett

Actors:
Chris Kattan
Julian Sands
Pooja Kumar

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Hollywood just isnít taking actor Chris Kattan seriously, so he decides to take the leading role in a Bollywood action/dance film being shot in India. Complications arise when the rest of the cast as well as the producer donít feel heís leading man material.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Poor Chris Kattan, heís one of the few SNL alumni to never truly make it big in movies. Sure, there was A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY, which admittedly is still one of the best SNL comedies out there in my opinion and though the jokes are a touch old nowadays I still watch it from time to time. This film (or I should say three episode series) is shot like a documentary of Chrisí life and I really dug that aspect of things, but this one terribly uninteresting story that bored me near to death.

Above and beyond anything else, Chris Kattan isnít exactly top shelf acting material so the fact that heís struggling as himself here is no stretch to the imagination, but Iíd rather see him playing himself than anyone else. You canít take anything that happens too seriously, which is a shame because there was a small window of opportunity for a comedic yet serious attempt here. Scratch that idea though, it fades all too quickly and becomes something beyond ridiculous and even painful. Chris going to India to film a comedy/action/dance flick is a rough ticket to sell, and it didnít help that this film showcases India like itís a dying third world country.

I have no idea how in the name of Christ they got Keanu Reeves to put in a cameo, of course he does look like they ran into him on the street and slipped him a Benjamin or two (I hate that ratty beard he lets run rampant on his face during his down time). The same question can be asked of Andy Samburg whose brief cameo was pretty damn funny, but come on guys, he doesnít deserve to be down grated like this. And last but not least, Julian Sands popping up neither helped or hindered the film, I miss the guy as an actor but I was more happy and entertained with his appearance on SMALLVILLE this season and as the villain in the Michael Jai White flick BLOOD AND BONE.

BOLLYWOOD HERO was a mess, it started out on an interesting note but that evaporated in less than ten minutes. Thereís nothing hear of interest, even if you enjoy dance and musicals. The score is horrendous, the dancing clearly forced and again, the tone of this film is off the grid and nearly impossible for me to put my finger on. Chris wants to be Indiana Jones (though Iím not sure thatís the best hero to aspire to after the last flick), and I enjoyed him going against the grain to prove everyone wrong while trying to become a big action star and get the girl, but this movie is not that description. And donít expect much out of the ending as it just ends, not sure if there were supposed to be more episodes or not, but in all honesty, nobody will care.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: Thereís about seven minutes worth of footage (which is a bit skimpy considering this was an episode deal), and much like the film, thereís nothing to see here although I did find the scooter joke amusing.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I donít think very many of you stop to wonder what became of Chris Kattan...me neither. So a film about him not being taken seriously, flying to India where he continues to not be taken seriously but somehow manages to make a three hour movie, probably isnít going to ring your bell.
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