Bill plays Douglas Ainslie, unhappily married to Jean Ainslie (Penelope Wilton) having have lost all of their retirement money on their daughter’s not so successful Internet company. He too ends up in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in India, together with a group of other British retirees. They believe they will end up in a newly restored hotel. And although the hotel is less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Apart from Bill Nighy, the great cast also includes Judy Dench, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith.
“How can I suggest what a delight this film is? Let me try a little shorthand. Recall some of the wonderful performances you’ve seen from Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and the others, and believe me when I say that this movie finds rich opportunities for all of them.”