Mistress of Spices
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Mistress of Spices (2005)
: Paul Mayeda Berges
The Mistress Of Spices is a universal immigrant story
told through Magical Realism In The Vein Of Like Water
For Chocolate And Chocolat. It Is A Sensual Love
Story Building On The Cultural Themes Of The Writers
Of Bend It Like Beckham And What's Cooking? -
What As An Immigrant Do You Choose To Keep Or Leave
Behind As You Assimilate.
movie follows Tilo, played by Aishwarya Rai, who is a member
of an old, mystical cult that worships spice in all its forms.
She is sent to Oakland to open a shop and help people using
the mysterious powers of the spices. Tilo, who also has the
power to see visions of the future, soon ends up helping a
whole coterie of characters: a man (Anupam Kher) who is distressed
over his granddaughter (Padma Lakshmi), a woman who has grown
up in America and adopted western ways, much to his dismay;
Jagjit (Sonny Gill Dulay), a teenager who is having trouble
with the kids at school; Haroun (Nitin Chandra Ganatra), a
cab driver that has a cloudy future; Kwesi (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje),
a man trying to win the heart of a woman.
of Spices is directed by Paul Berges, husband of Gurinder
Chadha of Bride and Prejudice and Bend It Like Beckham. The
original story of Mistress of Spices was written by Chitra
Movie Review and links:
Review Plot Outline:
Mistress Of Spices is a universal immigrant story told through
Magical Realism In The Vein Of Like Water For Chocolate
The good part is that unlike their earlier films that
were Indianized as Football Shootball Hai Rabba (Bend it
like Beckhem) and Balle Balle Amritsar to LA (Bride and
Prejudice), Gurinder and Paul have not renamed Mistress
of Spices as Masalo ki Mallika or something likewise. That's
because thankfully this time they didn't attempt to dub
the film in Hindi thereby maintaining the essence of the
spices.finding his own...