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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 »


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 ... 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


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.




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Very different South Asian Diaspora Movie
15 September 2006 | by downandoutdrifterSee all my reviews

Okay I don't like to throw around words like South Asian Diaspora but I don't know else to say it. For those of South Asian descent living in other countries, I recommend this film. It's been several years since I've seen it but it was so different that it stuck out in my memory. I've watched many of South Asian Diaspora films and few show this kind of creativity. I didn't love the film, but I really appreciated if that makes any sense. It wasn't simply trying to take advantage of South Asain identity to market itself- it was accepting it, incorporating it, and raging against it. I remember that there is South Asian character with a switchblade. That's right. I think that South Asian characters should have switchblades now and again. They shouldn't always be upset about arranged marriages (though that fertile ground is yet to be done effectively). Another poster talks about early 90's identity politics and it's probably a good place to position this critically. Certainly, a comparison can be made to "My Beautiful Laundrette" though that is a very different film. It has some of the same bravado and complexities behind it. I'm really glad to see there is another project on the horizon for this director.

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March 1993 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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