Mississippi Masala

Mississippi Masala

USA | 1991 | 117 min. | Mira Nair

Opens May 20, 2022

Mira Nair’s film about a love affair between a young woman of Indian-Ugandan descent (Sarita Choudhury) and a black Southerner (Denzel Washington) introduced some vital conversations about culture into the cinematic dialogue.

The vibrant cultures of India, Uganda, and the American South are blended and simmered into a rich and fragrant fusion feast in Mira Nair’s luminous look at the complexities of love in the modern melting pot. Years after her Indian family was forced to flee their home in Uganda by the dictatorship of Idi Amin, twentysomething Mina (Sarita Choudhury) finds herself helping to run a motel in the faraway land of Mississippi. It’s there that a passionate romance with the charming Black carpet cleaner Demetrius (Denzel Washington) challenges the prejudices of their conservative families and exposes the rifts between the region’s Indian and African American communities. Tackling thorny issues of racism, colorism, culture clash, and displacement with big-hearted humor and keen insight, Nair serves up a sweet, sexy, and radical celebration of love’s power to break down the barriers between us.

  • Director: Mira Nair
  • Principal Cast: Sarita Choudhury, Denzel Washington, Charles S. Dutton
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 117 min.
  • Producer: Mira Nair, Michael Nozik
  • Screenplay: Sooni Taraporevala
  • Cinematographers: Edward Lachman
  • Editors: Roberto Silvi
  • Music: L. Subramaniam
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R