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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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Storyline

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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Passion. Tradition. Mix It Up. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mississippi Masala See more »

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jaya Bachchan was the original choice for Sharmila Tagore's role. See more »

Goofs

The Tri-color Flag of India is shown upside down, while it is being taken down when Jay & Kinnu are meeting Okello for the Last time. Green color is shown at top, which, actually is at the bottom & Orange being at top. See more »

Quotes

Okelo: You gave an interview on BBC saying that Amin was evil. Are you mad? What about Kinnu? What about Meena? Do you ever think of them?
Jay: What should I have done? Remain silent? That is the coward's way!
Okelo: Don't talk to me about cowards! That's what you are. You're not leaving because you're scared to leave. You are scared of leaving Uganda.
Jay: Why should I go? Why should I go? Okelo, this is my home.
Okelo: Not anymore, Jay. Africa is for Africans. *Black* Africans.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Mera Joota Hai Japani
Performed by Mukesh and Chorus
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi (as Shankar) and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Jaikishan)
Lyrics by Shailendra
Courtesy of HMV (The Gramophone Co. of India, Ltd.)
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Mississippi Masala is a very deep movie with deep actors
4 January 2007 | by dunlap27406See all my reviews

I love this movie. I first saw it as a preteen and did not understand the concept. I have recently got the DVD as a gift and watch it over and over again and learn something else from it each time. Sarita Choudhury is one of the best actresses of our time and I respect her decision to not want to go "Hollywood". She has appeared in movies with substance and a message unlike the movies that are coming out in mainstream Hollywood. Denzel Washington is a great actor in this movie as well. Playing Demitrius, you really see his versatility as an actor. Mississippi Masala touches a new kind of racism not shown in movies before. Dark skin vs. light skin seems to go across every ethnicity in the world and I respect Mira Nair for making this film. Although the movie or its actors didn't receive the attention or awards (i.e. an Oscar) for their extraordinary performance, this is a must see movie and it will change your mind about the caliber of movies you choose to see from now on.


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