Mississippi Masala
Mississippi Masala (1991)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1991
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It may be longwinded here and there, but Mississippi Masala jumps with life.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Michael Szymanski

Zesty, spicy, sexy!

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

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.

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Frank Ochieng

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.

Stephen Farber

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Surprisingly funny and cheerful at times.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Challenges us to add more respect and tolerance to America's cultural stew of many colors.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This is a film with something to say, something discriminating adults should find both entertaining and enlightening.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
With a heartfelt charm and a boasting and bashful Denzel clicking with an up-&-coming Sarita, Mississippi Masala shadows its flaws by accentuating exotic… More
Juli Ryan
There is too much going on in this movie. It is really a masala of three movies. A story about leaving Uganda, a love story, and a story about living in the… More
Hogans Hero
Very Romeo and Juilet like love story seeped in cultural differences and misconceptions. Great film. Mira Nair is fantastic.
Leo L
Good movie!
Deb S
The merging of cultures makes for an enchanting love story that gets waylaid by issues of race and color in a believable way. Mina (Sarita Choudhury) is the… More