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Mississippi Masala (1991)

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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families... See full summary »

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Mira Nair
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Demetrius Williams
Sarita Choudhury ... Meena
Roshan Seth ... Jay (Meena's dad)
Sharmila Tagore ... Kinnu
Charles S. Dutton ... Tyrone Williams
Joe Seneca ... Williben Williams
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Anil
Mohan Gokhale ... Pontiac
Mohan Agashe ... Kanti Napkin
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Dexter Williams
Yvette Hawkins Yvette Hawkins ... Aunt Rose
Anjan Srivastav ... Jammubhai (as Anjan Srivastava)
Dipti Suthar Dipti Suthar ... Chanda (Anil's wife)
Varsha Thaker Varsha Thaker ... Kusumben
Ashok Lath Ashok Lath ... Harry Patel
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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Joseph Olita, who plays Idi Amin, also played him in Amin: The Rise and Fall (1981). See more »

Goofs

Another error in the map shown during the transition is that Amsterdam is shown as capital of Belgium and Brussels as capital of The Netherlands. See more »

Quotes

Williben Williams: What's wrong with you, boy? Don't you know the rules?
Demetrius Williams: Daddy, I didn't do nothing wrong.
Williben Williams: Mr. Morgan helped you get that loan to start up this business. Now, how am I going to be able to show my face around them after this?
Aunt Rose: That Mr. Morgan, he didn't give his own money. All he did was recommend Demetrius to the bank! See, all you and the rest of them want is for him to know his place and stay in it! But the days of slavery, they're over, Williben!
Dexter Williams: Yeah, boy!
Aunt Rose: *Hush!*
Dexter Williams: [falls silent]
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Crazy Credits

The following appears at the end of the credits: Hakuna Matata "No Problem", in Kiswahili See more »


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Written & Performed by Willy Cobbs (as Willie Cobbs)
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one of those movies that you don't usually expect
12 June 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In the early 20th century, the English government moved several people from India to Uganda to build the railroad. Some of the Indians stayed and became lawyers, physicians, etc. When Idi Amin came to power in the early 1970s, he expelled all non-black Africans. Some of the Indians moved to Mississippi and began running motels.

"Mississippi Masala" focuses on this. Mina (Sarita Choudhury) is the daughter of an Indian family who fled Uganda for Mississippi. She develops a relationship with Demetrius (Denzel Washington), a local man. Her family does not approve of her dating a black man, and Demetrius' friends don't like him dating an Indian woman.

The movie shows many things, in particular how both the blacks and the Indians were displaced from their ancestral lands. Also, it shows how the blacks are racist towards the Indians and vice versa. As Demetrius reminds Mina's father: "Your skin is just a couple of shades from mine." Regardless of whether or not these sorts of things happen a lot, the movie does a very good job with it all.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Biloxi, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,831, 9 February 1992

Gross USA:

$7,308,786

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,308,786
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Dolby Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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