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The Mistress of Spices (2005)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  21 April 2006 (UK)
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In India, Tilo has the ability of foreseeing the future. When their parents are killed by bandits, she is kidnapped but escapes and is raised by the First Mother in a sort of traditional ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tilo (as Aishwarya Rai)
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Doug
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Haroun Rehman
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Kwesi
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Myisha
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Geeta's Grandfather
Shaheen Khan ...
Jagit's Mother
Sonny Gill Dulay ...
Jagjit
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Doug's Mother
Toby Marlow ...
Young Doug
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Geeta
Zohra Segal ...
First Mother
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Satish - Geeta's dad
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Hameeda - Haroun's neighbor
Rebecca Bowden ...
Bougainvillea Girl
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Storyline

In India, Tilo has the ability of foreseeing the future. When their parents are killed by bandits, she is kidnapped but escapes and is raised by the First Mother in a sort of traditional cult of spices. She becomes the Mistress of Spices and is sent to the Spice Bazaar in San Francisco, with the mission of following three basic rules: help her clients to accomplish their desires with the spices, but never hers; never leave the store; and never be touched in the skin. When she meets the handsome American architect Doug, she feels a great attraction and desire for him, breaking the first rule and being punished by the spices. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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One spice for passion. And one woman who knows its name.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent images and sensuality | See all certifications »

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21 April 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Condimentos para el amor  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$21,941 (New Zealand) (7 July 2006)

Gross:

$63,969 (New Zealand) (7 July 2006)
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Trivia

Director Paul Mayeda Berges cast Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for the role of Tilo while she was working on Bride & Prejudice (2004). He gave her the script to read and was interested in the part of Tilo, and so Paul cast her. See more »

Goofs

During the scene when Doug tells Tilo about his relationship to his mother, the glass of lemon soda that she gives him is full, then when he sets it down it's empty. Then he raises it again to his mouth, and it's full again. See more »

Quotes

Tilo: Chili, spice of red Thursday, which is the day of reckoning. Day which invites us to pick up the sack of our existence and shake it inside out. Day of suicide, day of murder.
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Referenced in The Contractor (2007) See more »

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Don't Shake Me Up
Written and Performed by Tanita Tikaram
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A good fairy tale...
2 May 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I had almost decided not to watch this movie, what with all the people word-bashing its senselessness. But go I did... fortunately.

Yes, it's not great cinema... of great courage, making you cry... making you angry. But it is good cinema... and a faithful representation of the book. The book is a fairy-tale, simple to the core, and so is the movie.

And who says Aish cannot act? Just look at the finer nuances of her eyes and eyebrows when she is required to emote, and you will realize that this girl knows what it takes to enact a character which has already been "written about" in a book. Yes, she underplays the role... but that is what her character is, right? A woman who is poised, but sometimes the deepest feelings find their vent. I am surely impressed by Aish's restrained expression of feelings... and people who mistake this for an incapacity to act, God give them the subtleties of discernment.

Go watch this movie... not to come out exhilarated or flustered... but to enjoy a good fairy tale, for that's what it is.


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