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Jay (Meena's dad)
Sharmila Tagore ...
Kinnu
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Tyrone Williams
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Williben Williams
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Anil
Mohan Gokhale ...
Pontiac
Mohan Agashe ...
Kanti Napkin
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Dexter Williams
Yvette Hawkins ...
Aunt Rose
Anjan Srivastav ...
Jammubhai (as Anjan Srivastava)
Dipti Suthar ...
Chanda (Anil's wife)
Varsha Thaker ...
Kusumben
Ashok Lath ...
Harry Patel
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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 have to come to terms with it. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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5 February 1992 (USA)  »

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Mississipi Masala  »

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$7,310,000 (USA)
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Joseph Olita, who plays Idi Amin, also played him in Amin: The Rise and Fall (1981). See more »

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Related to the map problems, we find later in the film that the family first moved to England and then came to the United States. But the map traversal implies a flight from Uganda to Mississippi. See more »

Quotes

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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The following appears at the end of the credits: Hakuna Matata "No Problem", in Kiswahili See more »

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Features Nigahen: Nagina Part II (1989) See more »

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Kanda Ya Nini
Performed by Papy Matolodode Tex Group
Grand Pepe Kalle Ya M'Panya et L'Empire Bakuba
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Not bad, but it could have been a bit better had the plot been a bit less shallow.
29 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film begins in the early 1970s in Uganda. Idi Amin, the insane dictator, has just announced that all non-blacks must leave the country. So, a young Meena and her parents are forced to leave the only place they've ever lived. While they are Africans, their heritage is Indian.

The film picks up two decades later. The family now lives in Mississippi of all places--in a small Indian community. They work for an Indian-owned motel. Meena (Sarita Choudhury) meets a nice young black man, Demetrius (Denzel Washington). And, after dating a very short time, they sleep together...and are discovered by her relatives. The family is incensed--presumably because Demetrius is black. And, lots of chaos and repercussions occur.

My feeling is that the script missed the point a bit. While only idiots might be angry at the interracial angle, I guess I'm old fashioned and can see the family getting upset that Meena is spreading her legs after only two dates. In movies, this is a good thing--in real life, pregnancy and STDs might be the result. So, had Meena and Demetrius had a deeper connection before they were discovered, the film would have made a lot more sense--and the conflict would have been much more interesting. As it is, the relationship between Meena and Demetrius is unconvincing and makes little sense. And, speaking of that, the film ends very, very, very abruptly and left me feeling very flat. Overall, a film with some real possibilities but that just didn't come together well. A bit of a disappointment.


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