0.5 Poor

If ever there was a film that was devoid of any imagination or intelligence then this is the one. Marigold is one of those embarrassing films that deserve to have stayed in the cans forever. I use the word "embarrassing" because it's got every single cliché that you'd associate with those bad romantic films of the eighties. Local boy with heart of gold falls for brash girl from big city. He draws out the sensitive side in her and promises her a happily ever after storybook ending. But then comes parental opposition, even a love triangle thrown in for good measure, and yuck, believe it or not, there's also that typical scene in which a desperate father begs his son's girlfriend to vanish from his son's life because he has already chosen a wife for his son.
It is the film's third-rate script that is its biggest failing. The film's dialogue is so clunky, so verbose and so unfriendly, you want to throw your arms around the actors out of sympathy for even attempting to deliver those lines with a straight face. What's really sad about Marigold actually is the fact that the problems don't end with the script. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is a sore disappointment, there's not one song on the soundtrack that's actually hummable. And Anil Mehta's cinematography is so flat, you cannot believe this is the same man who shot Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Lagaan so dramatically.
American actress Ali Larter is stiff and uninspired and fails to make much of an impression. But it's Salman Khan you really want to smack for wasting both his time and ours participating in an idiotic film like this which only makes us look like idiots in front of millions. Salman, dear Salman, your ticket to Hollywood, this is sadly not.
At best this film is unintentionally funny because it's so way off the mark. Technically too, it's a tacky production complete with ridiculous motifs that are used as transitions between one scene and another.
Believe me it's a film so bad, it makes that mediocre Aishwarya Rai film Bride & Prejudice seem like Citizen Kane in comparison.