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Vindaloo Empire (2011)

Curry Munchers (original title)
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The story of a guy who gets some hope & curry in his life, through love. It's the journey of 'Sid', who migrated from India to New Zealand, to have a life full of bikes & women, but reality hits when he comes to NZ.


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Credited cast:
Aunanda Naaido ...
Ben Mitchell ...
Tarun Mohanbhai ...
Rajeev Varma ...
Leela Patel ...
Ajayshri ...
Dinesh (as Ajay Vasisht)
Bhavnesh Soni ...
Vidya Venugopalan ...
Jenny Li ...
Lee Tall
Detective Connor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cherie Bradshaw ...
Sophia Elisabeth ...


Curry Munchers follows the life of Sid (Aunanda Naaido), a mid-twenties boy who migrates to Auckland from Delhi, with his parents. He realizes that he is no longer as popular as he was in Delhi, and believes all he needs is a motor bike, like the one he had back home, to again catch the attention of girls. His parents (Ajay Vasisht and Leela Patel) want him to focus on his engineering studies, but Sid takes a part-time job at a struggling restaurant as a kitchen hand, without his parents knowledge, in order to buy the motorbike. His focus moves away from study towards the restaurant, new-found friends including the local girl Mary (Alison Titulaer). Then came along an opportunity to win the first ever 'Auckland Metro Cooking Competition', that changed his life forever. The struggle to keep all sides happy leads Sid to question who and what, is the most important in his new life. Written by Anand Naidu

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New Country, New Love, Give it some Curry!


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

23 February 2011 (Fiji)  »

Also Known As:

Vindaloo Empire  »

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NZD 800,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The original title "Curry Munchers" is considered an ethnic slur against Indian people. See more »

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Great fun
22 July 2011 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

It is a story showing heart. It deals with difficult issues in a manner that the audience can enjoy and walk away reflecting on it. The performances were great.

The film begins with amazing shots of New Delhi, India where the lead character,Sid, and his family live. The viewer gets a brief intimate peek of a customary Indian home and the lifestyle that Sid and his family will be leaving behind.

The genre of the film would be appropriately categorized as a "romantic-dramatic comedy". It explores the dichotomy of relationship expectations between the Indian and Kiwi culture, while also tastefully taking the micki out of a traditional Indian household. There is a more serious side to the film in its portrayal of the hardships of an exceedingly qualified Indian worker trying to find a job opportunity in Auckland. The cultural and communication barriers prove to be defeating for Sid's father who has difficulties finding employment within his field.

Curry Munchers was successful in its transitions among the multi-genre'd story lines. Powerfully constructed characters set an immediate and comfortable tone from one scene to the next. Most importantly, the overall light hearted nature of this film made it memorable and agreeable. People of every demographic can enjoy this honest and powerful depiction of real life issues surrounding the multi-cultured youth and families of Auckland.

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