Thursday, August 6, 2009

For the miniseries “Bollywood Hero,” which begins tonight on IFC, former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Chris Kattan went to India to make a film about former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Chris Kattan going to India to make a film. In spite of its meta-fictional aspects, it does not comment on or play with screen conventions, Hollywood or Indian (apart from its being, like a Bollywood film, around three hours long and dotted with dance numbers). It is merely conventional.

Kattan, who clearly does not mind a joke at his own expense, plays himself as a C-list actor who dreams of being Harrison Ford, even as his contemptuous agent (Toby Huss) has booked him a role as "the second male alien lead on a budding cable network TV show." At his lowest moment, he meets Monty (Ali Fazal), who has come to Hollywood to find an American star for a film whose title translates as "Peculiar Dancing Boy," described over and over as "a serious critique of imperialism and the caste system told through the medium of dance." Given how little you ever see of it, however, it might be anything at

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