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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Drama | Romance

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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?


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


The Tri-color Flag of India is shown upside down, while it is being taken down when Jay & Kinnu are meeting Okello for the Last time. Green color is shown at top, which, actually is at the bottom & Orange being at top. See more »


Meena: [after Jay and Kinnu discover her and Demetrius's relationship] What about me? What about me? I've never asked you for anything! Never expected anything! I'm 24 years old, and I'm still here! Stuck *here!* You think I'm happy? I love him. That's not a crime, is it?
Kinnu: You call this love? When all you have done is bring such shame upon our heads?
Meena: I didn't do anything! *They* barged in!
Jay: Don't answer back! At least have the decency to be sorry!
Meena: I am sorry about this mess, but I'm not sorry I'm in love...
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Crazy Credits

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


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


Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana
Performed by The Afrigo Band
Courtesy of HMV (The Gramophone Co. of India, Ltd.)
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A good romance picture with great lead actors
26 June 2005 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

The theme of interracial romance is the setting for this fine drama and focus on the divisions between black Americans and South Asian communities. Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury are appealing as the central figures from different backgrounds and struggle to stay together amid the controversy that swirls around them. Washington and Choudhury have a nice chemistry that works very well in this picture and makes their romance even more believable. They have their share of ups and downs and face challenges to their relationship like any normal couple. The movie touches on the origins of the immigrant status of the South Asians which began when they were expelled from Uganda many years earlier. The resentment towards blacks is a recurring theme in the movie as they settle into their new communities in the deep south. The film has a bouncy music score that adds flavor to the story and a nice cast weaves everything together in fine style.

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