raynedog saidHmmm.. I saw it only yesterday and I'd say if you have seen many Bollywood movies, then this one is a bit of a let down. Maybe I'm too used to all the song and dance numbers in the other Bollywood movies ;-) But the movie tried to be serious and that is where it was not very credible - all the flashbacks sort of helped him answer the quiz, but how he answered them due to his past experiences is a bit far loose ;-) Asking a cricket question in a country fanatical about cricket and the answer is worth 10,000,000 rupees???
Actually I felt that it was a fairly strong "bridge" movie for just those reasons. I think if it had contained the number of songs that most Hindi movies do, most American/European viewers wouldn't have been able to sit through the full 3 hour behemoth it would have become. Simultaneously, what makes most "Bollywood" movies so appealing in India (compared to serious, more Western-style Hindi-language movies) is the familiar escape from reality that they provide. They almost always contain highly predictable, trite plots (even when they have a plot-twist, they're still usually predictable twists), in which circumstances always seem to just work out right so that in the end, no matter how miserable the characters were throughout the rest of the film, everyone is reunited or lives happily ever after. There are exceptions, but those are usually based on books (especially those by Bengali authors).
There are lots of interesting theories as to the origins of this trend in Indian cinema. Some even say it is reflective of the Indian people's strong desire to someday be reunited with Pakistan...
But anyway, the point of my post is just to say that I found your comment interesting because I looked at it exactly in reverse.