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Passion. Tradition. Prejudice. Put it together, and you've got the recipe for a sexy irreverent romance. Starring Academy Award(r)-winner (Best Actor in a Leading Role - Training Day, 2002 and Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Glory, 1990) Denzel Washington as Demetrius, a Southern businessman who falls in love with an Indian immigrant, MISSISSIPPI MASALA is an exotic and erotic interracial love story. Sarita Choudhury co-stars as Mina, whose Indian family was expelled from Uganda under the reignof dictator Idi Amin. Like the colorful Indian dish "masala," Mina is a hot, spicy mix of cultures.But when she and Demetrius fall in love, nothing in her past prepares them for the family outrage they face. A funny, fascinating glimpse into two tightly-knit communities, and a moving story that crosses the color barrier, Mississippi Masala is "wonderfully tender wryly funny... vibrantly sexy." (Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News)
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It is set in the South, and is centered on Meena (Sarita Chudhury), an young, ethnically-Indian, Ugandan national who immigrated to the Southern United States with her parents after the uprising of Idi Amin (Ugandan president) who decided that the way to rid the nation of the "Asian problem" was to expel them from the country to begin with. She settles in the States, cleaning hotel bathrooms with her Mum, and living with her parents as a 24 year old woman. Demetrius (Denzel Washington) is a young African-American man who cleans carpets and helps support his family and stays out of trouble. What initially starts out as a "rebound" relationship turns into something more--which upsets both sets of families. Though, Meena and Demetrius are outcast in a White culture, there are still divisions between their races that are reinforced by their parents and relatives. It also is an interesting juxtaposition of Meena's family and their experiences with Black Ugandans (ethnic Indians as the ultimate "untouchables" in the African nation), and how Indians in the U.S. South are viewed in comparison with African-Americans who endured White racism, and, before that, slavery and great oppression for many years.
The acting is beautiful in this film, and the love story of the interracial couple is engaging, funny, and touching. For Mira Nair buffs---she makes an appearance in the wedding scene, early on, as one of the gossipy guests! Hint: She has short black hair.......
Don't miss this beautiful, heartfelt and thoughtful film.