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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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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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uganda | mississippi | motel | love | africa | See more »

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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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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 »

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When the family is leaving on the bus to the airport, there is a parrot on Okelo's shoulder. In the close-up of Okelo, the parrot is missing. See more »

Quotes

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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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 At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Written and Performed by Habbey Sewakiryanga
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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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