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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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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 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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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:

Mississipi Masala See more »

Filming Locations:

Biloxi, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,310,000
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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

On the map during the transition between Uganda and the U.S., Albany and Syracuse are located in Vermont. 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 »

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Featured in Wanderlust (2006) See more »

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Written and Performed by Sam Chapman
Courtesy of Blue Goose Publishing Co.
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A good romance picture with great lead actors
26 June 2005 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

The theme of interracial romance is the setting for this fine drama and focus on the divisions between black Americans and South Asian communities. Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury are appealing as the central figures from different backgrounds and struggle to stay together amid the controversy that swirls around them. Washington and Choudhury have a nice chemistry that works very well in this picture and makes their romance even more believable. They have their share of ups and downs and face challenges to their relationship like any normal couple. The movie touches on the origins of the immigrant status of the South Asians which began when they were expelled from Uganda many years earlier. The resentment towards blacks is a recurring theme in the movie as they settle into their new communities in the deep south. The film has a bouncy music score that adds flavor to the story and a nice cast weaves everything together in fine style.


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