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Mississippi Masala (1991)

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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

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Meena
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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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Passion. Tradition. Mix It Up. See more »

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Romance | Drama | Comedy

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Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Jammubhai: I'm ashamed of you! I am so ashamed of you!
Anil: [referring to Meena's family] Why do you always take their side? I worked hard for this motel and I am *not* running a charity!
Jammubhai: Anil, you have become American.
Anil: So what? I'm living in America! You don't like it? Then go back to India!
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Crazy Credits

Demetrius and Mina standing by the side of the road, dressed in traditional costumes of respective culture. See more »

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Referenced in Saved by the Bell: The New Class: A Perfect Lindsay (1994) See more »

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Caledonia's Party
Performed by Smiley Lewis
Written by David Bartholomew (as Dave Bartholomew)
Courtesy of EMI Unart Catalogue Inc.
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one of those movies that you don't usually expect
12 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In the early 20th century, the English government moved several people from India to Uganda to build the railroad. Some of the Indians stayed and became lawyers, physicians, etc. When Idi Amin came to power in the early 1970s, he expelled all non-black Africans. Some of the Indians moved to Mississippi and began running motels.

"Mississippi Masala" focuses on this. Mina (Sarita Choudhury) is the daughter of an Indian family who fled Uganda for Mississippi. She develops a relationship with Demetrius (Denzel Washington), a local man. Her family does not approve of her dating a black man, and Demetrius' friends don't like him dating an Indian woman.

The movie shows many things, in particular how both the blacks and the Indians were displaced from their ancestral lands. Also, it shows how the blacks are racist towards the Indians and vice versa. As Demetrius reminds Mina's father: "Your skin is just a couple of shades from mine." Regardless of whether or not these sorts of things happen a lot, the movie does a very good job with it all.


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