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The Mystic Masseur (2001)

 -  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 ...
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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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29 March 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El masajista místico  »

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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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Charming, whimsical movie
1 May 2003 | by (los angeles, ca) – See all my reviews

Don't believe the comments, this film is a pleasant surprise, not pretentious artistic butler garbage. The film depicts a young Indian teacher in Trinidad in the 1940s, an aspiring intellectual in a rural, isolated village. The acting in this movie is its strongest point, the dynamic between the title character and the villagers, including his wife and father-in-law are cute, homey, and very refreshing, a merriness not seen in many mainstream films in the last 10 years. Om Puri, as the protagonist's father-in-law is truly hilarious in his portrayal of a bumpkin fascinated with the ways of the educated. Aside from the abrupt ending this flick is a real charming piece of film candy. The photography in the lush, rainy, green of Trinidad is also notable.


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