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Mississippi Masala (1991)

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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Tyrone Williams
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Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Mohan Gokhale ...
Pontiac
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Kanti Napkin
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Jammubhai (as Anjan Srivastava)
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Chanda (Anil's wife)
Varsha Thaker ...
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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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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 »

Goofs

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

Williben Williams: What's wrong with you, boy? Don't you know the rules?
Demetrius Williams: Daddy, I didn't do nothing wrong.
Williben Williams: Mr. Morgan helped you get that loan to start up this business. Now, how am I going to be able to show my face around them after this?
Aunt Rose: That Mr. Morgan, he didn't give his own money. All he did was recommend Demetrius to the bank! See, all you and the rest of them want is for him to know his place and stay in it! But the days of slavery, they're over, Williben!
Dexter Williams: Yeah, boy!
Aunt Rose: *Hush!*
Dexter Williams: [falls silent]
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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 »

Soundtracks

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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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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