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Mississippi Masala (1992)

Denzel Washington , Sarita Choudhury , Mira Nair  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Ranjit Chowdhry, Willy Cobbs, Charles S. Dutton
  • Directors: Mira Nair
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WJEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,135 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mississippi Masala" on IMDb

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MINA'S FAMILY WAS EXPELLED FROM UGANDA UNDER THE REIGN OF DICTATOR IDI AMIN. LIKE THE COLORFUL INDIAN DISH MASALA, MINA ISA HOT, SPICY MIX OF CULTURES. BUT WHEN SHE AND DEMETRIUS FALL INLOVE, NOTHING IN HER PAST PREPARES THEM FOR THE FAMILY OUTRAGETHEY FACE.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BACK WHEN MIRA NAIR WAS STILL A TRUE FILMMAKER August 1, 2003
Format:DVD
What a brilliant piece of low-key, realistic movie making, from the days when Mira Nair was making in your face movies such as Salaam Bombay and Mississipi Masala.
The first thing admirable about it is Nair's ability to merge three cultures (Uganda, India, & Southern American) into an enchanting love story. An Indian family of a man, his wife and their young daughter Mina are expelled from Uganda under the reign of dictator Amin. The family eventually moves to the U.S. When Mina grows up she finds herself caught in a curious cultural twist and considers herself a mix "masala". She later falls in love with a black carpet cleaner (played immaculately by Denzil) only to stir up a hornet's nest in her family, culture and community.
The movie is from 1992, so the mild racism undercurrent may be a bit tired but wasn't when it came out, in fact most of the ironies (e.g., both the lovers are "colored" in different shades) are shown in a light-hearted and dignified manner.
The movie has a clutch of hilarious moments as well, which make it an all round fun movie to watch. Both the protagonists, Denzil as the southern man and Sarita Chaudhari as the Indian woman, are actually quite likeable characters and you end up caring about both of them.
A very wholesome treat to watch!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lesson to be Learned By ALL! December 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Mira Nair's film "teaches" without being preachy. The motion picture explores racism in all its ugly forms. The story begins with the expulsion of Indians and other Asians from Uganda because "Africa is for Africans" and brings one family to America (Mississippi, to be exact). There the family, specifically the daughter (Sarita Choudhury) in her relationship with a black man (Denzel Washington) experiences some of the same prejudices faced in Uganda.
In one very amusing, yet revealing, series of scenes, various characters "speak" to the screen sharing their opinions about other races, as well as those of the same race with a different skin hue.
"Masala" is a beautiful film with strong performances by Washington, Choudhury, and veteran actors Roshan Seth and Joe Seneca. The supporting cast also complements a truly entertaining film.
Hopefully, the studio that released the film will re-issue it in video form for others to view this fine production.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet January 5, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is a sweet and poignant movie about an interracial relationship. Whites barely enter the picture in this one though; the forbidden relationship is between a black (Denzel Washington) and Indian Mina (Sarita Choudhury), both beautiful people and with onscreen chemistry between them. It's interesting that before their romance, members of each family agreed that Indians and Blacks needed to stick together, because "anyone who isn't white in America is colored", yet after the romance was discovered, Mina's father discourged her, saying that she needed to stick with "her own kind".
The theme of racism is brought to fore right at the beginning of the movie, with the banishment of Mina's Indian family from Uganda, a reminder that racism exists in many parts of the world. The family finds safety and economic opportunity in America, yet they never feel quite at home, or quite accepted in American society.
However, we also are reminded in the film that as slow as America has been to change in accepting minorities, and even more, interracial relationships, change is occurring. When the couple finds a way to go forward in their life and their relationship, they must make a decision that affects their families. The movie, though it has many delightful moments, shows us that overcoming racial barriers is still a bittersweet process.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful! July 16, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
I am very impressed with this particular movie. It was well-scripted and the cast is dynamic. Sarita Choudhury and Denzel Washington are superb actors. Roshan Seth should have been nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Mina's father. This movie really is Mira Nair's shining light.
I like the way the movie handles the reactions by both families to the interracial union of Mina and Demetrius. There are very few movies that can capture the emotions that go along with such a sensitive and controversial matter. Most importantly the opinions, thoughts, and traditions, both negative and positive, of both the Indian and Black communities are fairly communicated through the movie.
Also, this is probably one of the few movies that brings the horrific realities of Idi Amin Dada's regime to the mainstream. Many people unfortuanately do not know who this maniac was(is) or what he did to Uganda, its people, and the rest of Africa because it is not taught in many schools anymore. This book definately sheds some light on this vital part of world history.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Film from Mira Nair! August 17, 2000
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Fans of Mira Nair's Oscar nominated SALAAM BOMBAY! will not be disappointed by this unassuming little movie about an interracial romance in Mississippi.
Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury are a pleasure to watch in this engaging story about a love affair between a Black man (who's never been to Africa) and an Indian woman (who has never been to India) and how thier romance causes strife in a small Southern town.
Washington and Choudhury have amazing chemistry onscreen, transforming this modern day romance into an updated Romeo & Juliet with a spicy twist. The anxiety and strife their union causes among family members and town locals is realistically portrayed without falling into the trap of being being preachy or contrived.
Against all this, a subplot in the story revolves around the loss of a homeland and friendship between Choudhury's proud Ugandan national father and the Black Ugandan friend he left behind during Idi Amin's reign of terror.
A must see film and the only one I'm aware of that explores the relationship between African Americans and ethnic Indians.
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It teaches real love. Love is about putting the other person's needs first. Love is shown in your actions not your words. Read more
Published 20 days ago by sephora Cesar
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat ok
This movie shows how prejustice is not only black and white but it goes across the board with different nationalities. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monica Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great date movie
This movie has it all, a good story based on historical facts, Variety of music, African, Country, Rhythm and Blues.and humor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by alfred mcknight
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty dvd!
This dvd did not work at all. I had put that dvd in my player, and, it didn't show anything.
Published 1 month ago by GENEIROL M. KEA
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
I would recommend this movie to anybody, it gave you an insight into various cultures and how we have certain preconceived ideas about each culture. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Ann St. Louis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
My father lovesss!!!! this movie. He made me orginally buy it on VHS. For Christmas I'm getting it for him on DVD.
Merry Christmas Daddy.
Published 3 months ago by brookelynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great movie. I will recommend it to all Denzil fans. Tells the sory of an Indian immigrant and an American falling in love.
Published 4 months ago by Winston Barnaby
5.0 out of 5 stars mississippi masala
order a couple of years ago . this movie completed my collect of Denzel Washington. now I just need the last three he came out with
Published 7 months ago by lakisha kims
5.0 out of 5 stars Love doesn't care about color
I can't believe I had forgotten just how wonderful this movie is! I recently bought it on vhs... Wait. What's a vhs? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gary John Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars One of today's great actors
I took a chance on this movie. I never saw this movie before. Denzel Washington was one of the stars. I made a good choice the movie was very good. Read more
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