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Masala (1991)

Unrated | | Comedy | March 1993 (USA)
Five years ago, under the watchful eye of the great god Krishna, a plane of Indians returning to the homeland exploded in Canadian skies. A mortal also named Krishna lost his family in that... See full summary »

Director:

Srinivas Krishna
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Srinivas Krishna Srinivas Krishna ... Krishna
Sakina Jaffrey ... Rita Solanki
Zohra Sehgal ... Grandma
Saeed Jaffrey ... Lallu Bhai Solanki / Mr. Tikkoo / Lord Krishna
Heri Johal Heri Johal ... Anil
Madhuri Bhatia Madhuri Bhatia ... Bibi Solanki
Ronica Sajnani Ronica Sajnani ... Sashi
Les Porter Les Porter ... Gerald
Ishwarial M. Moolijee Ishwarial M. Moolijee ... Bamadour Singh
Raju Ahsan Raju Ahsan ... Babu
Jennifer Armstrong Jennifer Armstrong ... Lisa
Don Callaghan Don Callaghan ... John MacDonald
Paul Persofsky Paul Persofsky ... Lawyer
Sachin Bannerjea Sachin Bannerjea ... Mr. Chabra
Ran Ghoman Ran Ghoman ... Pinky
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Five years ago, under the watchful eye of the great god Krishna, a plane of Indians returning to the homeland exploded in Canadian skies. A mortal also named Krishna lost his family in that crash. In the present, this mortal Krishna has found himself a former heroin addict with a nebulous past, and has returned to his mother's family: an aunt who married a sari dealer. He becomes involved in their lives, as they deal with their cultural identity with a fawning Canada, eager to patronize their Indian subjects when convenient, but willing to be aggressive when they need to, as when Mr. Tikkoo wants to keep a rare stamp he found for his collection but which the Canadian authorities determine is of historical interest. In all of this, the mighty god Krishna moves, increasingly troubled by his lack of relevancy in this alien land. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Good Fortune... Bad Karma.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Uncommonly intelligent, funny with caustic satire
20 July 2004 | by cliff-19See all my reviews

I saw this film when it first hit the "Identity Politics" circuit in 1991. It was great then, and remains exceptional in 2004. The film has an engaging storyline, but its greatest achievement is looking at the struggle for identity from multiple perspectives, all with sardonic wit. For example, early in the film, Lord Krishna moans, "Why can't a god be more like a man?" There are some wonderful observations on the situation of Indians in Canada, and a great minor subplot on Sikh activists in Canada. The only weakness is the end, which I won't reveal here. I would hope some wise distributor would re-release this gem.


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