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March 1993 (USA) See more »
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Five years ago, under the watchful eye of the great god Krishna, a plane of Indians returning to the homeland exploded in Canadian skies... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Uncommonly intelligent, funny with caustic satire See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order)
Srinivas Krishna ... Krishna

Sakina Jaffrey ... Rita Solanki

Zohra Segal ... Grandma (as Zohra Sehgal)

Saeed Jaffrey ... Lallu Bhai Solanki / Mr. Tikkoo / Lord Krishna
Heri Johal ... Anil
Madhuri Bhatia ... Bibi Solanki
Ronica Sajnani ... Sashi
Les Porter ... Gerald
Ishwarial M. Moolijee ... Bamadour Singh
Raju Ahsan ... Babu
Jennifer Armstrong ... Lisa
Don Callaghan ... John MacDonald
Paul Persofsky ... Lawyer
Sachin Bannerjea ... Mr. Chabra
Ran Ghoman ... Pinky
Wayne Bowman ... Balrama
Sakuntala Krishna ... Krishna's Mother
Avi Kukarni ... Krishna's Father
Kamran Durrani ... Krishna's Brother
Tova Gallimore ... Saraswati
Mervyn Minghal ... Mr. Varma
Summathi Thimmama ... Mrs. Varma
Janet Joy Wilson ... Ltn. Heart Macintire
Sunil 'Sunny' Roy ... Priest
Christopher Williamson ... Bully #1
Ari Moses ... Bully #2

Michael Therriault ... Bully #3
Lak Shmi Thimamana ... Fruit Stand Proprietor
Ramand Tangiala ... Television Announcer
Robin Severin ... Valery Pappadooglio
Anne Scanlon ... Lisa's Mother
Garth Hading ... Lisa's Man
Bill Jay ... Mountie Captain
Vivek Mathur ... Sikh #1
Bob Waugh ... Bus Driver
Tibor Skorik ... Priest in Plane
Sangita Viswanathan ... Stewardess
Judith Brunner ... Gertrude
Valery Boyce ... Aerobics Instructor
Susan Henry ... Aerobics Instructor (voice)

Al Karim ... Postal Clerk
Frank Muller ... Postal Sorter
Paul Jolly ... Postal Driver

John Healy ... Colleague
Chris Emmanoulides ... Postman
Adela ... Winston of the Bichon Frise
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Horton ... Dancer
Aleks Oniszczak ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Srinivas Krishna 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Srinivas Krishna 

Produced by
Camelia Frieberg .... producer
Dan Howard .... executive producer
Srinivas Krishna .... producer
Original Music by
Leslie Winston 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy 
Film Editing by
Mike Munn 
Production Design by
Tamara Deverell 
Art Direction by
Valerie Kaelin 
Costume Design by
Beth Pasternak 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Flower .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jacques Fortier .... model maker
Sound Department
Sid Lieberman .... foley artist
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Steve Munro .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Pellerin .... re-recording mixer
Harikumar Pillai .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jacques Fortier .... special effects crew
Gudrun Heinze .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Jacques Fortier .... rotoscoping
Michael Thibodeau .... colorist (restored version)
John Anceriz .... stunt double: Horse
Kim Nelson .... stunt double: Horse
Camera and Electrical Department
John Crockford .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheila E. Pruden .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Nuala Roche .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Mark Moore .... location manager
Other crew
Susan Haller .... script supervisor

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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Uncommonly intelligent, funny with caustic satire, 20 July 2004
Author: Cliff Sloane ( from Seattle, WA

I saw this film when it first hit the "Identity Politics" circuit in 1991. It was great then, and remains exceptional in 2004. The film has an engaging storyline, but its greatest achievement is looking at the struggle for identity from multiple perspectives, all with sardonic wit. For example, early in the film, Lord Krishna moans, "Why can't a god be more like a man?" There are some wonderful observations on the situation of Indians in Canada, and a great minor subplot on Sikh activists in Canada. The only weakness is the end, which I won't reveal here. I would hope some wise distributor would re-release this gem.

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