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Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 21 November 2007 (USA)
A feisty young woman returns to Glasgow to run her deceased father's curry house.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lisa MacKinlay
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Nina Shah
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Raj Khanna
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Bobbi
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Suman Shah
Atta Yaqub ...
Kary Shah
Zoe Henretty ...
Priya Shah
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Sanjay Khanna
Elaine C. Smith ...
Auntie Mamie
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Auntie Tumi
Kathleen McDermott ...
Janice
Kulvinder Ghir ...
TV Presenter
Hritika Thaker ...
Young Nina
Kavita Dass ...
Bollywood Bowl Child
Tariq Mullan ...
Ravi
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Storyline

Shelley Conn plays Nina, a young woman who ran away to London to avoid an arranged marriage. She returns to Glasgow three years later (after her father dies unexpectedly of a heart-attack) to find his gambling problem means the family restaurant has to be sold. To save it Nina decides to compete in a TV curry competition. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Curries, Kilts and Queens See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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21 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Receita do Amor  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$267 (USA) (22 November 2007)

Gross:

$9,647 (USA) (22 February 2008)
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Described by producer Chris Atkins as "the worst film that I or anyone else has produced." See more »

Goofs

In the dance studio, as Fish and the other two dancers are about to leave Nina and her friend alone, crew and equipment are reflected in the full-length mirror. See more »

Quotes

Suman: Nina?
Nina: [sobbing] She's gone, Ma.
Suman: Then why are you still here? Don't make the same mistake I did. I loved your dad, but I always knew, in my heart of heart of hearts, he wasn't the one.
Nina: ...Raj?
Suman: Trophies don't matter. The only thing that matters is love.
[hugs Nina]
Suman: Go on, hurry up. And don't you let that girl out of your sight again!
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a fun movie when it isn't being cutesy
10 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Nina's Heavenly Delights" is actually more interesting for the milieu in which it's set - a community of Indian ex-pats living and thriving in Scotland - than for the story it has to tell.

Nina (Shelley Conn) moved to London a few years back to escape an arranged marriage to a man she knew she could never learn to love. When her father dies unexpectedly, Nina returns to Glascow to help run the Indian restaurant he's owned and operated for decades. Her partner in the endeavor is Lisa (Laura Fraser), a close friend of the family whom Nina finds herself falling in love with, a fact that may not sit too well with her traditionalist family.

"Nina's Heavenly Delights" is definitely a mixed-bag when it comes to virtues and flaws. It's at its best in its quieter, more serious moments, as Nina engages in thoughtful discussions with her family members and her new-found love interest. But when it aims for a more lighthearted tone, the movie tends towards the coy and the cloying. The coming-out aspects of the tale are handled with delicacy and restraint, though the determinedly upbeat ending is a trifle on the implausible and unconvincing side, to put it mildly. The movie also suffers from a surfeit of soulful montage sequences and irrelevant musical interludes, a holdover from its Bollywood roots, no doubt (the movie may be British in origin but its Indian influence is undeniable). Moreover, the blending of gourmet cooking with magical realism feels too reminiscent of "Like Water for Chocolate" for total comfort.

However, the performances are so authentic and the whole enterprise so well-meaning and upbeat that it's hard not to have positive feelings about the movie in the long run.


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