Mississippi Masala (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  5 February 1992 (USA)
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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay (Meena's dad)
Sharmila Tagore ...
Tyrone Williams
Williben Williams
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Mohan Gokhale ...
Mohan Agashe ...
Kanti Napkin
Dexter Williams
Yvette Hawkins ...
Aunt Rose
Anjan Srivastav ...
Jammubhai (as Anjan Srivastava)
Dipti Suthar ...
Chanda (Anil's wife)
Varsha Thaker ...
Ashok Lath ...
Harry Patel


An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

5 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mississipi Masala  »

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$7,310,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Demetrius' father, Williben, works as a server at a restaurant in their hometown of Greenwood, Mississippi. The location used to shoot the restaurant scenes was Lusco's, a real restaurant that has been a Greenwood institution since it was opened in 1933 by Italian immigrants. The restaurant's appearance is distinguished by its individual, curtained-off private dining booths, which are visible in the movie. As of 2006, the restaurant was still running. See more »


There are numerous problems with the map displayed when the family is leaving Africa. Florence is shown as a seaside town in Italy; Hartford, CT is placed too far East; Providence, RI is too far West; Durham, NC is placed too far Northwest and right on the Virginia border, which it isn't. See more »


Williben Williams: What's wrong with you, boy? Don't you know the rules?
Demetrius Williams: Daddy, I didn't do nothing wrong.
Williben Williams: Mr. Morgan helped you get that loan to start up this business. Now, how am I going to be able to show my face around them after this?
Aunt Rose: That Mr. Morgan, he didn't give his own money. All he did was recommend Demetrius to the bank! See, all you and the rest of them want is for him to know his place and stay in it! But the days of slavery, they're over, Williben!
Dexter Williams: Yeah, boy!
Aunt Rose: *Hush!*
Dexter Williams: [falls silent]
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Demetrius and Mina standing by the side of the road, dressed in traditional costumes of respective culture. See more »


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Many stories braided together
17 July 2002 | by (Silicon Valley, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

Some may think that all it is about is the race relations between Asian Indians and Blacks in Southern USA. I saw it as collection of stories, each running along its own thread while impacting others at the same time. There is a love story between a Black guy and an Asian Indian (by way of Africa) girl, there is a man trying to regain his lost homeland (which some may consider artificial), there are others who are trying to fit into the new-new-South, a younger brother who is a bother and a motel owner who doesn't understand the people around him. All in all, a well knit story.

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