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Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 21 November 2007 (USA)
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A feisty young woman returns to Glasgow to run her deceased father's curry house.

Director:

Pratibha Parmar

Writer:

Andrea Gibb (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Fraser ... Lisa MacKinlay
Shelley Conn ... Nina Shah
Art Malik ... Raj Khanna
Ronny Jhutti ... Bobbi
Veena Sood ... Suman Shah
Atta Yaqub ... Kary Shah
Zoe Henretty Zoe Henretty ... Priya Shah
Raji James Raji James ... Sanjay Khanna
Elaine C. Smith Elaine C. Smith ... Auntie Mamie
Rita Wolf ... Auntie Tumi
Kathleen McDermott Kathleen McDermott ... Janice
Kulvinder Ghir ... TV Presenter
Hritika Thaker Hritika Thaker ... Young Nina
Kavita Dass Kavita Dass ... Bollywood Bowl Child
Tariq Mullan Tariq Mullan ... Ravi
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Storyline

Shelley Conn plays Nina, a young woman who ran away to London to avoid an arranged marriage. She returns to Glasgow three years later (after her father dies unexpectedly of a heart-attack) to find his gambling problem means the family restaurant has to be sold. To save it Nina decides to compete in a TV curry competition. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Curries, Kilts and Queens See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Receita do Amor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$267, 24 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,647, 24 February 2008
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Art Malik's character Raj Khanna owns a restaurant in the movie called "The Jewel in the Crown." In 1984, Malik appeared in the mini-series The Jewel in the Crown (1984). See more »

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In the dance studio, as Fish and the other two dancers are about to leave Nina and her friend alone, crew and equipment are reflected in the full-length mirror. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: [about the little temple] It's beautiful, isn't it? Beautiful monument to eternal love.
Nina: You don't believe in love.
Lisa: Your dad said some king spent 22 years building it for his queen.
Nina: Dead queen. Hah. It's a monument of grief.
Lisa: Same thing. If he was from Nashville, he'd have written a song about it.
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a fun movie when it isn't being cutesy
10 October 2010 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

"Nina's Heavenly Delights" is actually more interesting for the milieu in which it's set - a community of Indian ex-pats living and thriving in Scotland - than for the story it has to tell.

Nina (Shelley Conn) moved to London a few years back to escape an arranged marriage to a man she knew she could never learn to love. When her father dies unexpectedly, Nina returns to Glascow to help run the Indian restaurant he's owned and operated for decades. Her partner in the endeavor is Lisa (Laura Fraser), a close friend of the family whom Nina finds herself falling in love with, a fact that may not sit too well with her traditionalist family.

"Nina's Heavenly Delights" is definitely a mixed-bag when it comes to virtues and flaws. It's at its best in its quieter, more serious moments, as Nina engages in thoughtful discussions with her family members and her new-found love interest. But when it aims for a more lighthearted tone, the movie tends towards the coy and the cloying. The coming-out aspects of the tale are handled with delicacy and restraint, though the determinedly upbeat ending is a trifle on the implausible and unconvincing side, to put it mildly. The movie also suffers from a surfeit of soulful montage sequences and irrelevant musical interludes, a holdover from its Bollywood roots, no doubt (the movie may be British in origin but its Indian influence is undeniable). Moreover, the blending of gourmet cooking with magical realism feels too reminiscent of "Like Water for Chocolate" for total comfort.

However, the performances are so authentic and the whole enterprise so well-meaning and upbeat that it's hard not to have positive feelings about the movie in the long run.


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