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

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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

Okelo: You gave an interview on BBC saying that Amin was evil. Are you mad? What about Kinnu? What about Meena? Do you ever think of them?
Jay: What should I have done? Remain silent? That is the coward's way!
Okelo: Don't talk to me about cowards! That's what you are. You're not leaving because you're scared to leave. You are scared of leaving Uganda.
Jay: Why should I go? Why should I go? Okelo, this is my home.
Okelo: Not anymore, Jay. Africa is for Africans. *Black* Africans.
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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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Mera Joota Hai Japani
Performed by Mukesh and Chorus
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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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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