Mississippi Masala
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  • Mississippi Masala

Mississippi Masala

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Director: Mira Nair

Cast: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Roshan Seth

     
 

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Mississippi Masala is a tale of how prejudice makes victims and instigators of us all. In 1972, Indian Jay (Roshan Seth), a resident of Uganda, is forced by the bigoted Amin regime to take his family and flee the country. He vows to hate and distrust all blacks--at least until he is able to reclaim the real estate stolen from him by the Ugandan government.See more details below

Overview

Mississippi Masala is a tale of how prejudice makes victims and instigators of us all. In 1972, Indian Jay (Roshan Seth), a resident of Uganda, is forced by the bigoted Amin regime to take his family and flee the country. He vows to hate and distrust all blacks--at least until he is able to reclaim the real estate stolen from him by the Ugandan government. Flash-forward to 1990: Jay and his family have settled in Mississippi. Seth's daughter Mina (Sarit Choudhury) makes the acquaintance of African-American Demetrius (Denzel Washington), the prosperous manager of a carpet-cleaning business. At first attracted to Mina because he is fascinated by her African background, Demetrius slowly falls in love with her. The situation causes Jay to exercise the same racial prejudice by which he was himself victimized. Ironically, Demetrius behaves just as foolishly, blaming Jay's ethnic chauvinism for a drop in his business. Both Jay and Demetrius must learn to bury their pasts and their prejudices to go on with their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
During a tour of the Deep South in 1988, director Mira Nair learned that a number of Indian immigrants were operating motels in the area, an experience which became the inspiration for this lively, seductive tale of interracial romance. Sarita Choudhury stars as Mina, the daughter of previously affluent Indian immigrants who run a motel in Mississippi. When her voluptuous beauty catches the eye of rug-cleaning contractor Demetrius (Denzel Washington), love blossoms, but the lovers' families are less than enthusiastic. While the film centers on a hot romance, it's also a fascinating study of a unique immigrant community with a richness of detail that borders on the ethnographic, as well as a telling examination of class and status anxiety. The smoldering, sensual attraction between the two leads has such an explosiveness that it's clear they were meant to be together. Yet to her father (Roshan Seth), a former lawyer who still dreams of his beautiful house on a hill in Uganda, this rug man is simply a creature from a lower caste. The director touches gently on the irony of this discrimination being practiced in an area synonymous with racial strife, and by a man who is subject to the same kind of exclusion by whites. Indeed, considering its serious subject, Nair never forgets the humorous aspects of the situation. Washington and Chourhury are wonderful as the almost impossibly attractive couple, and Seth is memorable in a difficult role.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2003
UPC:
0043396010222
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English Dobly Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Bonus trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Demetrius
Sarita Choudhury Mina
Roshan Seth Jay
Sharmila Tagore Kinnu
Charles S. Dutton Tyrone
Joe Seneca Williben
Ranjit Chowdhry Anil
Mohan Gokhale Pontiac
Mohan Agashe Kanti Napkin
Tico Wells Dexter
Yvette Hawkins Aunt Rose
Anjan Srivastava Jammubhai
Dipti Suthar Chanda
Willy Cobbs Skillet
Cyreio Hughes D.J.
Ashok Lath Harry Patel
Shung Moo-joo Chinese Customer
Sahira Nair Young Mina
Amrit Panesar Mrs. Bedi
Hollis Pippin Sylvester Artiste III
Rajika Puri 2nd Gossip
Alix Henry Sanders Barber
Tre'demont Spearman 3rd Rapper
Mayambala Ssekasi Prison Captain
Buddy St Amant Biloxi Cop
Varsha Thaker Kusumben
Natalie Oliver Alicia LeShay
Karen Pinkston Mrs. Morgan
Mira Nair 1st Gossip
Sharon Williams Tadice
Stacy Swinford Bubba
Rick Senn Piggly Wiggly Checker
Jim Haffey White Truck Driver
Dillon Rozell Gross Police Officer
Larry Haggard Joe
E.W. Colvin Grandcraw
Joyce Murrah Lady at Lusco's
Kevin McNeil Clarence
Reverend Fred Matthews Grandaddy
Mahlon Bouldin Student
James Dale Businessman
Ben Burford Bank Manager
Sam Sherrill Phinias T. Turnbull
Jerone Wiggins James
Sadie Carr Mildre
Richard Crick White Customer
Alix W. Sanders Postman
Jaimini Thaker Kanti Bhai
Dewey Buffington Evangelist
Tony McGhee 1st Rapper
J.D. Barrett 2nd Rapper
Argentina Moore 4th Rapper
Nora Boland 1st Shop-at-Home Anchor Person
Patsy Garrett 2nd Shop-at-Home Anchor Person
Konga Mbandu Okelo
Michael Wawuyo Soldier on Bus
Phavin Parbario Young Jay
Emanuel Mudara Young Okelo
Immaculate Byakatonda Okelo's Mother
Jimmy Din Bharat
Bonnie M. Lubega Teacher
Sammy E.D. Senkumba Taxi Driver
Joseph Olita Idi Amin
Muteta Wilberforce Soldier at Roadblock

Technical Credits
Mira Nair Director,Producer
Mitch Epstein Producer,Production Designer
Hope Hanafin Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Nozik Producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher Producer
Jefferson Sage Art Director
Jeanette Scott Set Decoration/Design
Roberto Silvi Editor
L. Subramaniam Score Composer
Sooni Taraporevala Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [15:56]
2. Milk Run [1:13]
3. Mina Meets Demetrius [1:44]
4. Monte Cristo Motel [4:18]
5. Demetrius' Family [4:18]
6. A Traditional Indian Wedding [2:55]
7. The Leopard Lounge [5:59]
8. Taking Mina Home [6:18]
9. Brothers Unite [2:32]
10. Asking Mina Out [2:31]
11. Flashback: Jay's Childhood [1:34]
12. Mix Masala [1:04]
13. Sunday Dinner [6:24]
14. The Bayou [:07]
15. Phone Talk [5:46]
16. A Letter From Uganda [2:13]
17. Biloxi Holiday [1:30]
18. Flashback: Mina's Birthday [7:30]
19. Under Arrest [2:44]
20. Gossips [4:01]
21. The Four Cs [3:29]
22. Demetrius & Jay [2:30]
23. Flashback: Last Night in Uganda [1:55]
24. A $50,000 Lawsuit [4:15]
25. Packing for Uganda [3:10]
26. His New Partner [2:45]
27. "I Can't Go to Uganda" [1:15]
28. Jay's Return [4:10]

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