The Red Rose of Mumbai?

Cross Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo, where a movie star walks off the screen into real life, with Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich, where characters get into the head of a movie star, and you might end up with the Indian comedy RK/RKAY, opening virtually and in theaters today, May 14. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to Covid-19 relief efforts in India.

So let’s get meta!

RK/RKAY was written and directed by Rajat Kapoor, who stars as a character named RK. RK is a writer/director who stars in his latest film as a character named Mahboob. The film-within-a-film, a retro tribute to the Indian cinema of the 1960s, has a high-maintenance female lead (Mallika Sherawat). While the film is being edited, Mahboob runs away from its cartoonish killers into the real world. RK finds Mahboob and takes him home to the wife and kids (who were hoping that RK’s film starred Johnny Depp).

For a list of locations where you can see RK/RKAY, either physically or virtually, visit If you see the film, you may also be interested in a free Q&A with Kapoor and Sherawat this Sunday at 7 pm ET. You can register for the Q&A at Zoom here.

Incidentally, if you want to stream The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) or Being John Malkovich (1999), you can stream the former with an HBO Max subscription and the latter free on Peacock.

(Top photo: Rajat Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat in ‘RK/RKAY,’ courtesy Outsider Pictures)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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