1992 (R) 118 min. USA
Director: Mira Nair
Cast: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Roshan Seth
The vibrant cultures of India, Uganda, and the American South are blended and simmered into a rich and fragrant fusion feast in Mira Nair’s luminous look at the complexities of love in the modern melting pot. Years after her Indian family was forced to flee their home in Uganda by the dictatorship of Idi Amin, twenty-something Mina finds herself helping to run a motel in the faraway land of Mississippi. It’s there that a passionate romance with the charming black carpet cleaner Demetrius challenges the prejudices of their conservative families and exposes the rifts between the region’s Indian and African American communities. Tackling thorny issues of racism, colorism, culture clash, and displacement with big-hearted humor and keen insight, Nair serves up a sweet, sexy, and radical celebration of love’s power to break down the barriers between us.
“A two-hour film with the density and humanity of a Dickens novel, a wide cast of believable and lovable characters, a tone that varies from farce to lust to love to hate, all built from the dreams and memories and aspirations of people.” – Stephen Hunter, BALTIMORE SUN
“MISSISSIPPI MASALA appears to have been produced on a modest (by Hollywood standards) budget but it is a big movie in terms of talent, geography and concerns.” – Vincent Canby, NEW YORK TIMES
“It moves in fits and starts and it isn’t obsessively tidy about each and every loose end, but in its sweet, slightly melancholy, gently humorous way, it fills the screen with the freshest, most winning love story we’ve seen in ages.” – Jay Carr, BOSTON GLOBE