Man migrates to other countries leaving his homeland in search of opportunities and in the process he loses his identity due to the cultural differences. This identity crisis has been beautifully portrayed in MISSISSIPPI MASALA with a pinch of humour. Directed by Mira Nair, this is her second collaboration with screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala after the cult classic SALAAM BOMBAY.
Jay (Roshan Seth) is an ethnic Indian settler in Uganda who has been asked to leave along with the other Asians by Idi Amin, the Ugandan dictator. He along with his wife Kinnu and young daughter Meena settle down in the American state of Mississippi. Meena (Sarita Choudhary) meets Demetrius Williams (Denzel Washington) a Afro American by chance and love blooms between them .Both are caught red handed in a compromising position and this creates a furore in the Indian immigrant community and the Afro American community .Jay feels insecure in his adopted country..
The film vividly captures the ironies and prejudices of both the communities. Themes like Racism, identity crisis lie below the surface of this movie. Meena calls herself a masala, an Indian dish which is prepared with different spices as she is an Indian from Uganda settled in U.S.A. She is confused about her identity. The confrontation between cultures and races in urban spaces and the cultural dilemmas of immigrants are the recurrent themes of this movie.
The supporting cast in this movie does not make much of an impression unlike Mira Nair’s other movies Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding where each and every character is well conceived and executed. The chemistry between Sarita Choudhary and Washington is both sweet and sexy. Though the ending is not crisp, the film as a whole conveys what it has to, sugar coating it with romance and humour.
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