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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 African-American Demetrius (Denzel Washington), the prosperous manager of a carpet-cleaning business. At first attracted to Mina because he is fascinated by her African background, Demetrius slowly falls in love with her. The situation causes Jay to exercise the same racial prejudice by which he was himself victimized. Ironically, Demetrius behaves just as foolishly, blaming Jay's ethnic chauvinism for a drop in his business. Both Jay and Demetrius must learn to bury their pasts and their prejudices to go on with their lives. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 5, 1992

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Sooni Taraporevala Osella d'Oro for Best Story and Screenplay 1991 Winner
NAACP Image Awards Denzel Washington Best Actor 1992 Winner
Venice International Film Festival Mira Nair Osella d'Oro for Best Story and Screenplay 1991 Winner

Cast

Denzel Washington
as Demetrius
Sarita Choudhury
as Mina
Roshan Seth
as Jay
Sharmila Tagore
as Kinnu
Charles S. Dutton
as Tyrone
Joe Seneca
as Williben
Ranjit Chowdhry
as Anil
Mohan Gokhale
as Pontiac
Tico Wells
as Dexter
Yvette Hawkins
as Aunt Rose
Anjan Srivastava
as Jammubhai
Dipti Suthar
as Chanda
Willy Cobbs
as Skillet
Cyreio Hughes
as D.J.
Ashok Lath
as Harry Patel
Sahira Nair
as Young Mina
Amrit Panesar
as Mrs. Bedi
Hollis Pippin
as Sylvester Artiste III
Rajika Puri
as 2nd Gossip
Tre'demont Spearman
as 3rd Rapper
Buddy St Amant
as Biloxi Cop
Varsha Thaker
as Kusumben
Natalie Oliver
as Alicia LeShay
Karen Pinkston
as Mrs. Morgan
Mira Nair
as 1st Gossip
Stacy Swinford
as Bubba
Rick Senn
as Piggly Wiggly Checker
Jim Haffey
as White Truck Driver
Larry Haggard
as Joe
Joyce Murrah
as Lady at Lusco's
Mahlon Bouldin
as Student
Ben Burford
as Bank Manager
Sam Sherrill
as Phinias T. Turnbull
Jerone Wiggins
as James
Sadie Carr
as Mildre
Richard Crick
as White Customer
Jaimini Thaker
as Kanti Bhai
Dewey Buffington
as Evangelist
Tony McGhee
as 1st Rapper
Argentina Moore
as 4th Rapper
Nora Boland
as 1st Shop-at-Home Anchor Person
Patsy Garrett
as 2nd Shop-at-Home Anchor Person
Konga Mbandu
as Okelo
Michael Wawuyo
as Soldier on Bus
Phavin Parbario
as Young Jay
Emanuel Mudara
as Young Okelo
Immaculate Byakatonda
as Okelo's Mother
Jimmy Din
as Bharat
Joseph Olita
as Idi Amin
Muteta Wilberforce
as Soldier at Roadblock
Rajika Puri
as 2nd Gossip
Amrit Panesar
as Mrs. Bedi
Tony McGhee
as 1st Rapper
Muteta Wilberforce
as Soldier at Roadblock
Willy Cobbs
as Skillet
Joseph Olita
as Idi Amin
Larry Haggard
as Joe
Jerone Wiggins
as James
Stacy Swinford
as Bubba
Jimmy Din
as Bharat
Jim Haffey
as White Truck Driver
Michael Wawuyo
as Soldier on Bus
Nora Boland
as 1st Shop-at-Home Anchor Person
Richard Crick
as White Customer
Sam Sherrill
as Phinias T. Turnbull
Immaculate Byakatonda
as Okelo's Mother
Phavin Parbario
as Young Jay
Natalie Oliver
as Alicia LeShay
Patsy Garrett
as 2nd Shop-at-Home Anchor Person
Joyce Murrah
as Lady at Lusco's
Emanuel Mudara
as Young Okelo
Sahira Nair
as Young Mina
Argentina Moore
as 4th Rapper
Cyreio Hughes
as D.J.
Rick Senn
as Piggly Wiggly Checker
Sadie Carr
as Mildre
Dewey Buffington
as Evangelist
Ben Burford
as Bank Manager
Mira Nair
as 1st Gossip
Varsha Thaker
as Kusumben
Buddy St Amant
as Biloxi Cop
Hollis Pippin
as Sylvester Artiste III
Konga Mbandu
as Okelo
Jaimini Thaker
as Kanti Bhai
Ashok Lath
as Harry Patel
Mahlon Bouldin
as Student
Tre'demont Spearman
as 3rd Rapper
Karen Pinkston
as Mrs. Morgan

Crew

Mira Nair
Director
Michael Nozik
Producer
Mira Nair
Producer
Mitch Epstein
Producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher
Producer
Sooni Taraporevala
Screenwriter
Edward Lachman
Cinematographer
Roberto Silvi
Editor
Mitch Epstein
Production Designer
Jefferson Sage
Art Director
Jeanette Scott
Set Designer
Susan Lyall
Costume Designer
Hope Hanafin
Costume Designer
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