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Masala (1993)

Raju Ahsan , Jennifer Armstrong  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Raju Ahsan, Jennifer Armstrong, Sachin Bannerjea, Madhuri Bhatia, Wayne Bowman
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7OD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masala" on IMDb

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A cutting edge black comedy that takes you into the lives of an eccentric mix of characters that make up a close knit East Indian community.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great film! July 12, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It's been ten years since I first saw this movie, and some of the imagery and humour has still stayed with me. Having grown up in Toronto and knowing the culture, this may have been one of the factors in understanding a lot of the humour--However, I do think this is a very accessible film, very funny and well worth the time. I think it captured the clash of cultural expectation very well, and it certainly blew apart a lot of stereotypes in both Indian and Canadian cultures. Great movie!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, sharp satire July 16, 2004
By Veersh
Format:VHS Tape
I totally disagree with most of the reviewers here. This movie rocked. It's the funniest, sharpest, most misanthropic take on Indian-American culture I've ever seen. It's magical realist, it's got art school pretensions, it's got cheesy effects, but it's a hell of an achievement for a director who did it at age 21. I was in tears of laughter for most of the film. This is a vastly underappreciated nugget in this genre.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprize October 8, 1999
By A Customer
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This is so far out of left field it will knock you over before you realize what's happening. It starts with a jet liner exploding in mid-air, then cuts to the lives of several people who were or will be effected by the explosion some years later. Westerners have comparitively little exposure to Indian film and to see an Indian film set in Canada, with one of the leads sporting a leather jacket and a switchblade is all too crazy. This is a wonderful movie containing stories that swirl around one another. A grandma who talks to The Krishna as he appears to her on TV, a modern Indian houswife excercizing to workout videos, a stamp collecting postman all help make up a collage of unforgettable characters. The colors are great. The scenes are imaginative and a couple of the female leads are as beautiful as anyone ever seen on the silver screen. This is a real breath a fresh air.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very zany, very serious December 1, 2006
This DVD showed up on the New Releases shelf of my local store, so I thought it was a new movie until I read the previous reviews. Well, I can testify that it certainly hasn't become dated. It's a very stylish spoof of Bollywood on one hand and an insightful tour through the generationally mixed culture of Indians in North America on the other, at least as funny as Bend It Like Beckham, and a good deal more honest. The funniest, and the most unsettling, moment comes when one of the secondary characters, a Sikh, orders the God Krishna to "scram" and the God, looking pitifully crestfallen, does exactly that. (PC Advisory: the movie contains something calculated to offend nearly everyone, as some of the other reviewera humorlessly noted.)
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