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Basmati Blues (2017)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 9 February 2018 (USA)
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A brilliant scientist is plucked out of the company lab and sent to India to sell the genetically modified rice she created - which she doesn't realize will destroy the farmers she thinks she's helping.


Dan Baron


Dan Baron (screenplay), Dan Baron (story) | 3 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Brie Larson ... Linda
Utkarsh Ambudkar ... Rajit
Scott Bakula ... Eric
Saahil Sehgal Saahil Sehgal ... William
Tyne Daly ... Evelyn
Donald Sutherland ... Gurgon
Lakshmi Manchu ... Sita
Bugs Bhargava Bugs Bhargava ... Bapuji (as Busg Bhargava Krishna)
Dalip Tahil ... Chief (as Dileep Tahil)
Suhasini Mulay ... Mrs. Patel
Kaizaad Kotwal Kaizaad Kotwal ... Director Kapoor
Jaswinder Singh Kambo Jaswinder Singh Kambo ... Munish (as Jaswinder Singh)
Asif Ali Baig Asif Ali Baig ... Dileep (as Asif Ali Beg)
Karim Hajee Karim Hajee ... Vikram
Prashant Prakash Prashant Prakash ... Buddy


A brilliant scientist is plucked out of the company lab and sent to India to sell the genetically modified rice she created - which she doesn't realize will destroy the farmers she thinks she's helping.

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Release Date:

9 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ryziu karoliukai See more »

Filming Locations:

Kerala, India See more »

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The production was initially set to take place in Tamil Nadu, but due to a dry weather it had to relocate to Kerala. See more »


Gurgon: ...Obi-Wan Kenobi gave up to Darth Vader.
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


Rice #9
Music and Lyrics by Bob Stein and Sven Spieker
Performed by Paroma P. Dasgupta and Sneha Suresh
Produced by Bonnie Greenberg and Bob Stein
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Bollywood, not Rom-Com
13 February 2018 | by eventpixSee all my reviews

I saw this movie this morning knowing nearly nothing about it. However fairly quickly, as soon as the setting moved to India, it dawned on me that I was watching sort of a western take on a Bollywood movie with music, and romance, dancing, good guys, bad guys, a love triangle, a bit of suspense and a bit of mayhem. The standard elements, identified by some other reviewers here as rom-com are the expected elements in a classic Bollywood film. And, let me be perfectly clear, the bad guys here are clearly the westerners. In fact, part of the suspense comes from wondering how the well-meaning western heroine, a scientist who has naively allowed herself to be manipulated by American agribusiness into doing something very harmful, can possibly redeem herself. Finally she will have to realize that the small farmers who surround her, and who have taken her into their hearts, are living and working under a system very different that what we usually see in the United States. These farmers do not hop into a giant pick-up truck, drive into town, take out a loan and buy their seed from a farm supply store. In my opinion, this is not a great film but it was a lot of fun. I liked it a lot more than La La Land which I also saw very early in its run with no pre-conceived notions of what I would be seeing. However, as I write this, Basmati Blues has a 3.7 rating here while La La Land has an 8.1. I don't get that.... Tonight I did a search on this movie and discovered that an early trailer had ignited controversy.... because of a white horse? and because of the present day phenomenon where angry trolls seem intent on attacking and destroying a movie they could not have actually seen. Please, just don't listen to them!

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