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The Mystic Masseur (2001)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 March 2002 (UK)
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In 1950s Trinidad, a frustrated writer supports himself as a masseur--and soon becomes a revered mystic and politico.

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Ramlogan
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Ganesh Ramseyor
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Leela G. Ramseyor
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Pratap Cooper
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Beharry
Zohra Segal ...
Auntie
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Suruj Mooma
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Basdeo
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Governor
Albert Laveau ...
Headmaster
Grace Maharaj ...
Mrs. Cooper
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Mr. Stewart
Michael Cherrie ...
Man in yellow suit
Maureen Thompson ...
Woman in rainbow dress
Dinesh Maharaj ...
Taxi driver
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Circa 1940 in Trinidad, still a British Colony, lives Ganesh Ramseyor, of East Indian origin, along with his wife, Leela. He longs to reach out to people, especially to Hindus, in order to promote the Hindu Faith, and be known as a writer. He does get considerable success, so much so that he becomes famous as a miracle worker, having cured a man of sharing intimacy with his bicycle; prevented a man from believing that he can fly; and convincing a young woman to end her fast. His fame spreads all over the island and thousands throng to seek his blessings, which he does dole out quite benevolently, without charging any fees from the poor and the needy. He then decides to spread his wings by challenging the local politician Pandit Narayan Chandrashekhar alias Cyrus T., and takes over The Hindu Organization, thence opening his way to a seat in the prestigious Member of the Legislative Assembly. Now literally the sky is the limit for Ganesh, and he knows that he can achieve any position - ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,550 (USA) (3 May 2002)

Gross:

$398,610 (USA) (20 September 2002)
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Call (him) Ismail ... Merchant
20 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a Jamaican (and an accused "cooley!"), me gotta sey: Di movie was damn good. Me like it, mon. Long overdue me don't see no West Indian movies. Dem alla bout white people having raus with odder white people. Boring! Finally, Mistah Merchant, master of Bollywood has stepped up the game an produced anedder West Indian treat.

It is also worth mentioning that there are two other important "third world" films that everyone must see to immerse themselves in our indo-Caribbean culture. Country Man, a Jamaican made movie with action qualities and Salaam Bombay -- Mira Nair's best work.

More movies like these and we may yet restore virtue to the west.


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