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The Mystic Masseur -- In 1950s Trinidad, a frustrated writer supports himself as a masseur--and soon becomes a revered mystic and politico.
The Mystic Masseur -- In 1950s Trinidad, a frustrated writer supports himself as a masseur--and soon becomes a revered mystic and politico.

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Writers:
V.S. Naipaul (novel)
Caryl Phillips (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 March 2002 (UK) See more »
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In 1950s Trinidad, a frustrated writer supports himself as a masseur--and soon becomes a revered mystic and politico. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Interesting See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Om Puri ... Ramlogan

Aasif Mandvi ... Ganesh Ramseyor

Ayesha Dharker ... Leela G. Ramseyor

Jimi Mistry ... Pratap Cooper

Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Beharry
Zohra Segal ... Auntie

Sakina Jaffrey ... Suruj Mooma

Rez Kempton ... Basdeo

Pip Torrens ... Governor
Albert Laveau ... Headmaster
Grace Maharaj ... Mrs. Cooper

James Fox ... Mr. Stewart
Michael Cherrie ... Man in yellow suit
Maureen Thompson ... Woman in rainbow dress
Dinesh Maharaj ... Taxi driver
David Sammy ... Bissoon
Eddie Yearwood ... Postman
Danesh Khan ... Young Pratap Cooper
Lisa Bissoon ... Wedding Singer
Ria Soodeen ... Wedding Dancer (as Rhea Suedeen)
Michael Jogee ... Kedgeree crowd
Sunil Maharaj ... Kedgeree crowd
Shiraz Mohammed ... Kedgeree crowd
Anthony Harry Paulsingh ... Kedgeree crowd
Rajendra Rastogi ... Kedgeree crowd
Hanskumar Seecharan ... Kedgeree crowd
Sanjeev Boodhu ... Suruj
Lystra Francis ... Mother
Sara-Anne Chow-Quan ... Girl

Patti-Anne Ali ... Soomintra (as Patti-Anne Ali-Clarke)
Royce Francis-Lau ... Birdman
Glenda Constantine Jobity ... Woman who can't eat
Nirad Tewarie ... Lover boy
Risa A. Williams ... Lover boy's girl
Keith Hazare Imambaksh ... Pandit Narayan Chandrashekhar / Cyrus T.
Alfred McClatchie ... Defendant
Mitra Maharaj ... Plaintiff
Shastri Maharaj ... Husband
Deborah Maillard ... Wife
Wayne Shockness ... Chief treasurer
Marie Kavangh ... Governor's wife
Edisson Baptiste ... String quartet member
Francis Pau ... String quartet member
Andre Comeau ... String quartet member
Liana Jaye Williams ... String quartet member
George 'Umbala' Joseph ... Man with Monocle
Jonathon Ali ... Servant
Avery Seaton ... Man with monocle
Ryan Ragoonath ... Striking heckler
Ravin Ramkissoon ... Striking heckler
Kelly Neese ... BBC Cameraman
Ben Spencer ... BBC Reporter
Kieron Quirke ... Oxford Pub Pianist
Unni Karunakara ... Oxford Student at Magdalen College Library / Catte Street Cyclist
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Directed by
Ismail Merchant 
 
Writing credits
V.S. Naipaul (novel)

Caryl Phillips (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Bradley .... executive producer
George Darley-Doran .... associate producer
Lawrence Duprey .... executive producer
Nayeem Hafizka .... producer
Richard Hawley .... producer
Anthony Maharaj .... associate producer
Pritish Nandy .... producer
Rangita Pritish Nandy .... executive producer (as Pritish Nandy)
 
Original Music by
Zakir Hussain 
Richard Robbins 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Vincze  (as Ernie Vincze)
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Silvi 
 
Production Design by
Lucy Richardson 
 
Set Decoration by
Marina Morris 
 
Costume Design by
Michael O'Connor 
 
Makeup Department
Penny Smith .... hair styles supervisor
Penny Smith .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
John P. Adams .... production manager: Trinidad unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Blackbourne .... assistant director
Vincent G. Gonzales .... assistant director: Trinidad (as Vincent Gonzales)
Gary Granger .... assistant director
Asha Lovelace .... assistant director: New York
Parthiban Shanmugam .... trainee assistant director
Ben Spencer .... second assistant director: Trinidad
Suraj Varma .... second assistant director: Trinidad
 
Art Department
Lee Sandales .... production buyer
Nick Turnbull .... property master
 
Sound Department
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor: New York (as Bob Hein)
Anthony McLetchie .... sound utility: Trinidad
Sylvia Menno .... adr editor
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Kelly Neese .... boom operator: Trinidad
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Peter Schneider .... sound mixer: Trinidad
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Akil Wilson .... sound intern
 
Visual Effects by
Keith Yurevitz .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Aaron Anawalt .... grip
Kelly Mason .... camera operator
G. Monic Kumar .... first assistant camera
Micky Reeves .... gaffer
Zalfa Shammas .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shahnaz Vahanvaty .... associate costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Laurie Butler .... associate editor: New York
Pierre Proner .... assistant editor: New York
Tim Sternberg .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
George Brooks .... music coordinator
George Brooks .... musician: saxophones
Karl Eckhardt .... musician: bass guitar
Zakir Hussain .... musician: percussion
Ashish Khan .... musician: sarod (as Aashish Khan)
Karl Perazzo .... musician: percussion
Philip Scher .... music researcher
Benjamin Simon .... conductor
Liam Teague .... musician: steel drum
 
Other crew
Rahila Bootwala .... production controller
Nasheed Qamar Faruqi .... assistant production coordinator (as Nasheed Faruqi)
Katie Harlow .... script supervisor
Abel Monem .... assistant to the director
Mary P. Murphy .... production coordinator
Ben Rimmer .... location manager
Ayca Sadikoglu .... office coordinator: New York
Ben Spencer .... location manager: Trinidad
François Vila .... press agent
Kai Wong .... assistant to producer
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild language
Runtime:
117 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:PG | USA:PG

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, 4 May 2003
Author: AlonzoHarris from Canada

Being from a similar culture as Trinidad, I couldn't resist picking this one up. Atypical of Merchant/Ivory films, this one is a period piece set in pre-independent Trinidad and follows the rise of Ganesh from a frustrated teacher in Port of Spain to an elected member of parliament. Overall, the film does tend to be slow in some parts, but the lively dialogue is very good.

This film follows the Indo-Caribbean culture of the West Indies very closely. I found myself identifying closely with the people and found them to be very credible characters. The juxtaposition of Colonial Trinidad and a country on the verge of independance is hinted at throughout the film. However, the political tensions were kept to a minimum. It would have been nice to have seen how Ganesh and his cronies dealt with the coming age of independence.

One of the great scenes of the film occurred when Ganesh tries to talk to the striking dock workers. The emotion is clear when he realizes his rise to power came at the cost of his charisma. Overall, a very good film.

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