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Mississippi Masala (1991)

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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Demetrius Williams
Sarita Choudhury ... Meena
Roshan Seth ... Jay (Meena's dad)
Sharmila Tagore ... Kinnu
Charles S. Dutton ... Tyrone Williams
Joe Seneca ... Williben Williams
Ranjit Chowdhry Ranjit Chowdhry ... Anil
Mohan Gokhale Mohan Gokhale ... Pontiac
Mohan Agashe ... Kanti Napkin
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Dexter Williams
Yvette Hawkins Yvette Hawkins ... Aunt Rose
Anjan Srivastav ... Jammubhai (as Anjan Srivastava)
Dipti Suthar Dipti Suthar ... Chanda (Anil's wife)
Varsha Thaker Varsha Thaker ... Kusumben
Ashok Lath Ashok Lath ... Harry Patel
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Storyline

An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Passion. Tradition. Mix It Up. See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1992 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Mississipi Masala See more »

Filming Locations:

Biloxi, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,310,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Demetrius' father, Williben, works as a server at a restaurant in their hometown of Greenwood, Mississippi. The location used to shoot the restaurant scenes was Lusco's, a real restaurant that has been a Greenwood institution since it was opened in 1933 by Italian immigrants. The restaurant's appearance is distinguished by its individual, curtained-off private dining booths, which are visible in the movie. As of 2006, the restaurant was still running. See more »

Goofs

Related to the map problems, we find later in the film that the family first moved to England and then came to the United States. But the map traversal implies a flight from Uganda to Mississippi. See more »

Quotes

Okelo: You gave an interview on BBC saying that Amin was evil. Are you mad? What about Kinnu? What about Meena? Do you ever think of them?
Jay: What should I have done? Remain silent? That is the coward's way!
Okelo: Don't talk to me about cowards! That's what you are. You're not leaving because you're scared to leave. You are scared of leaving Uganda.
Jay: Why should I go? Why should I go? Okelo, this is my home.
Okelo: Not anymore, Jay. Africa is for Africans. *Black* Africans.
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Crazy Credits

Demetrius and Mina standing by the side of the road, dressed in traditional costumes of respective culture. See more »


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Congratulations
Performed by Sidney Youngblood
Written by Sidney Youngblood, Ralph Hamm, Marcus Staab and Claus Zundel
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Mississippi Masala is a very deep movie with deep actors
4 January 2007 | by dunlap27406See all my reviews

I love this movie. I first saw it as a preteen and did not understand the concept. I have recently got the DVD as a gift and watch it over and over again and learn something else from it each time. Sarita Choudhury is one of the best actresses of our time and I respect her decision to not want to go "Hollywood". She has appeared in movies with substance and a message unlike the movies that are coming out in mainstream Hollywood. Denzel Washington is a great actor in this movie as well. Playing Demitrius, you really see his versatility as an actor. Mississippi Masala touches a new kind of racism not shown in movies before. Dark skin vs. light skin seems to go across every ethnicity in the world and I respect Mira Nair for making this film. Although the movie or its actors didn't receive the attention or awards (i.e. an Oscar) for their extraordinary performance, this is a must see movie and it will change your mind about the caliber of movies you choose to see from now on.


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