Mississippi Masala (1992)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 58 mins

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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.
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Cast: Denzel Washington, Roshan Seth, Sarita Choudhury

Crew: Mira Nair (Director), Edward Lachman (Director of Photography), L Subramaniam (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 05 Feb 1992 (India)

Tagline: Romeo and Juliet had it easy.

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Did you know? Joseph Olita, who plays Idi Amin, also played him in Amin: The Rise and Fall (1981). Read More
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as Demetrius Williams
as Jay
as Jammubhai
as Tyrone Williams
as Gossip 1
as Kanti Napkin
as Pontiac
as Anil
as Kinnu




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1.85:1 (Flat)
Romeo and Juliet had it easy.
Passion. Tradition. Mix It Up.
Movie Connection(s):
Features: Nigahen: Nagina Part II (Hindi)
Factual Mistake
Related to the map problems, we find later in the film that the family first moved to England and then came to the United States. But the map traversal implies a flight from Uganda to Mississippi.

Factual Mistake
The Tri-color Flag of India is shown upside down, while it is being taken down when Jay & Kinnu are meeting Okello for the Last time. Green color is shown at top, which, actually is at the bottom & Orange being at top.

Errors in Geography
On the map during the transition between Uganda and the U.S., Albany and Syracuse are located in Vermont.

Errors in Geography
There are numerous problems with the map displayed when the family is leaving Africa. Florence is shown as a seaside town in Italy; Hartford, CT is placed too far East; Providence, RI is too far West; Durham, NC is placed too far Northwest and right on the Virginia border, which it isn't.

When the family is leaving on the bus to the airport, there is a parrot on Okelo's shoulder. In the close-up of Okelo, the parrot is missing.
Joseph Olita, who plays Idi Amin, also played him in Amin: The Rise and Fall (1981).

Demetrius' father, Williben, works as a server at a restaurant in their hometown of Greenwood, Mississippi. The location used to shoot the restaurant scenes was Lusco's, a real restaurant that has been a Greenwood institution since it was opened in 1933 by Italian immigrants. The restaurant's appearance is distinguished by its individual, curtained-off private dining booths, which are visible in the movie. As of 2006, the restaurant was still running.