FILM REVIEW ..INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES

FILM RELEASE
INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES

Screening at Palace and Hoyts cinemas from Feb 3th

Malik’s Nicholl Fellowship-winning screenplay India Sweets and Spices is brought to the screen in a fresh, vibrant, often funny, always thought-provoking take on a classic coming-of-age story.

India Sweets and Spices is written and directed by Geeta Malik (Troublemaker, Shameless). The film stars Sophia Ali (“The Wilds,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Manisha Koirala (Dil Se.., Bombay), Adil Hussain (Life of Pi, “Delhi Crime”), Deepti Gupta, Rish Shah, and Ved Sapru.
Summer has arrived in Ruby Hill, New Jersey, a posh suburban oasis of mini-mansions, backyard swimming pools and luxury cars, but for the first time in her life, Alia Kapur (Sophia Ali) wonders if this is all there is to life. After a year at UCLA, she is ready to trade in the lavish Saturday-night dinner parties and gossiping “aunties” of her community for a more authentic, worthwhile existence — even if she doesn’t quite know what that looks like yet.

When Alia meets Varun (Rish Shah), the son of local shopkeepers, she impulsively invites him and his parents to her mother’s upcoming extravagant soiree. In the process, she accidentally uncovers a pair of family secrets that will have consequences for everyone involved. Her straight- laced mother Sheila (Manisha Koirala) has a shared history with Varun’s mom Bhairavi (Deepti Gupta) that she refuses to discuss with her daughter, while her father Ranjit (Adil Hussain) is harboring mysteries of a much more recent vintage.
As Alia struggles to reconcile her image of her parents with these new revelations, she makes a single bold gesture that forces Sheila and Ranjit to reexamine their lives.

Geeta Malik who has written and directed this grew up in Aurora, Colorado, where her family often attended dinner parties with a small but close-knit community of Indian immigrants and their families. With her second feature film, India Sweets and Spices, Malik has created a universal coming-of-age story that celebrates the multifaceted culture from which she came.
Malik says “We don’t often see movies about the duality of identifying strongly with both Indian and American traditions, and not having to choose between them,” Malik says. “And I didn’t want to make a movie specifically about any sort of culture clash. Every generation, no matter what their background, has to find a way to both break free from and embrace their history. That’s what this film is about and it is set in the world I know best.”

This is fun light film and chill out watch, has a great cast and good subject story in cultural upbringings.
3 stars

Caroline Russo

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