Mississippi Masala (1991)

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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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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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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 »


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 »


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


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Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi (as Shankar) and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Jaikishan)
Lyrics by Shailendra
Courtesy of HMV (The Gramophone Co. of India, Ltd.)
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A fine, perceptive, very human film
6 March 2005 | by (Rochester, N.Y. USA) – See all my reviews

that explores, opens up, reveals the unconscious, socially conditioned ways we limit ourselves. Because the film deals primarily with the Black and African-Indian communities, I found myself wishing that I could have seen it in a Black/Indian audience to see what the film stirred up!

This is a good film for those of you who like explosions, cool mafia hit men, and high tech because it is about real human difficulty and real courage -- not the Die Hard and Terminator fantasy versions of those virtues.

It also happens to be a very sweet, often tellingly funny love story about two believable people you will end up really liking.

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