Mississippi Masala
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Mississippi Masala is a tale of how prejudice makes victims and instigators of us all. In 1972, Indian Jay (Roshan Seth), a resident of Uganda, is forced by the bigoted Amin regime to take his family and flee the country. He vows to hate and distrust all blacks--at least until he is able to reclaim the real estate stolen from him by the Ugandan government. Flash-forward to 1990: Jay and his family have settled in Mississippi. Seth's daughter Mina (Sarit Choudhury) makes the acquaintance of African-American Demetrius (Denzel Washington), the prosperous manager of a carpet-cleaning business.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It may be longwinded here and there, but Mississippi Masala jumps with life."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Unlike Lee's Jungle Fever, which also deals with interracial romance, Nair's film is non-judgmental, taking neither moral ground nor faulting any group. Released when national boundaries were crumbling it was a poignant work about the meaning of home."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Zesty, spicy, sexy!"
‑ Michael Szymanski, Zap2it.com
"An utterly infectious romance between an African American and an Indian African emigre, this seductively funny film measures the pull of roots against the tug of heartstrings."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Washington and Choudhury definitely make for an attractive ethnic couple in Nair's cross-cultural love story. However, this staid romancer doesn't escape the distinction of its conventional makeup."
‑ Frank Ochieng, TheWorldJournal.com
"Nair and her screenwriter, Sooni Taraporevala, sometimes lose their focus trying to juggle half a dozen subplots. But it's nice to see a movie with a broad reach."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"Surprisingly funny and cheerful at times."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Challenges us to add more respect and tolerance to America's cultural stew of many colors."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This is a film with something to say, something discriminating adults should find both entertaining and enlightening."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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