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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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Mira Nair
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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 ... Anil
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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mississippi Masala See more »

Filming Locations:

Biloxi, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,831, 9 February 1992

Gross USA:

$7,308,786

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,308,786
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jaya Bachchan was the original choice for Sharmila Tagore's role. See more »

Goofs

There are numerous problems with the map displayed when the family is leaving Africa. Florence is shown as a seaside town in Italy; Hartford, CT is placed too far East; Providence, RI is too far West; Durham, NC is placed too far Northwest and right on the Virginia border, which it isn't. 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 »


Soundtracks

Angel From Heaven
Written & Performed by Willy Cobbs (as Willie Cobbs)
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One of the most interesting movies I've seen.
14 October 2001 | by dreaddy2See all my reviews

When Mississippi Masala opened it was a B movie or was treated as such. Denzil Washington was riding high with his Malcolm X role in the news. I wondered what made him decide on such a low key movie. I got hold of the cassette and saw it. Then I knew why. The plot is excellent and this must have been the reason why other notable actors (Charles Dutton comes to mind; and the actors who played Meena's Father (Rohan Seth, I think, who came in Gandhi), and the actor who played Denzil's father. The other actors were magnificent and were perfect for their parts. I particular enjoyed Sunil and friends and Denzil's brother.

What was most admirable in this movie is the writer/director's ability to merge three cultures (Uganda, India, & Southern USA) into an enchanting love story. Mira Nir has made her mark with this movie. Not surprising the critics loved it.

I New York the movie opened quietly then quickly became popular by word-of-mouth. Many women went to see Denzil but came away enjoying a unique and interesting love story with racism from another angle as it's strong undertone. Go see it if you haven't already.


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