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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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Jay (Meena's dad)
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Kinnu
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Tyrone Williams
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Williben Williams
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Anil
Mohan Gokhale ...
Pontiac
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Kanti Napkin
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Dexter Williams
Yvette Hawkins ...
Aunt Rose
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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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Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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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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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 »

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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 »

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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Crazy Credits

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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Ahista Ahista
Performed by Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh
Music by Jagjit Singh
Lyrics by Sudarshan Faakir
Courtesy of HMV (The Gramophone Co. of India, Ltd.)
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Gets even better with age
28 February 1999 | by (Westbrook, ME) – See all my reviews

In a very dignified and low-key kind of way, this movie speaks to the issues of racism and clashing cultures far better than any of the Spike Lee movies I have seen does. I think it's because it looks at racism not from the traditional perspective of white/black, but a slightly different perspective of colored/black. Also, what makes this movie really fly is that you really like the lead characters... you care about them and want them to be happy in the end. I haven't had that reaction to any Spike Lee movie characters yet.

In short, this movie doesn't come at you as "I'm a preachy race relations movie" but rather as a sweet love story that gets waylaid by issues of race and color in a believable way.

I saw this movie for the first time when it came out in 1991, and thought it was good. I saw it again last night (1998) and like a fine wine or cheese it's getting even better with age.

If only Spike Lee would watch this and try to learn something from it... this movie has a lot to say and says it well.


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