Mississippi Masala (1991)



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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Sooni Taraporevala
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 27, 2003
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment



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as Williben

as Kanti Napkin

as Dexter

as Aunt Rose

as Jammubhai

as Kusumben

as Harry Patel

as Alicia LeShay

as Mrs. Morgan

as Skillet

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as White Truck Driver

as Police Officer

as Grandcraw

as Lady at Lusco's

as Clarence

as Biloxi Cop

as Businessman

as Bank Manager

as Phinias T. Turnbull

as Mildre

as White Customer

as Chinese Customer

as Kanti Bhai

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as Evangelist

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as Young Mina

as Soldier on Bus

as Young Jay

as Young Okelo

as Mrs. Bedi

as Bharat

as Prison Captain

as Idi Amin

as Soldier at Roadblock
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Critic Reviews for Mississippi Masala

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

Surprisingly funny and cheerful at times.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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It may be longwinded here and there, but Mississippi Masala jumps with life.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Entertainment Weekly
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Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Mississippi Masala


With a heartfelt charm and a boasting and bashful Denzel clicking with an up-&-coming Sarita, Mississippi Masala shadows its flaws by accentuating exotic vibes and solid storytelling. Director Mira Nair's solemn yet enriched direction is highlighting throughout this indie film. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Very Romeo and Juilet like love story seeped in cultural differences and misconceptions. Great film. Mira Nair is fantastic.

Keysha H

Super Reviewer


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 daughter of an Indian family who fled Uganda for Mississippi. She develops a relationship with Demetrius (Denzel Washington), a local man. Her family does not approve of her dating a black man, and Demetrius' friends don't like him dating an Indian woman. Lighter-skinned than the blacks, the Indians abhor the notion of interracial romance. The love affair between these two draws out the anger of their two communities and the whites in town. Nobody, it seems, approves of this unusual mix or as the film title implies, this Mississippi Masala.
Denzel Washington is an actor of immense and natural charm, and he makes a good match with Sarita Choudhury.

Deb S

Super Reviewer

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