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Masala

A good example of Jaffrey’s willingness to engage with risky material and support a talented young director. Srinivas Krishna’s lively satire is set in Toronto and recounts a bizarre series of events surrounding an Asian family. The chaos is sparked off by the return of the black sheep of the family, Drishna, a self-styled Asian James Dean. As he re-enters the fold, grandma begins to communicate with the Lord Krishna (played by Jaffrey) via her video recorder, the rich uncle takes in a group of Sikh terrorists, and Mounties ride through the city trying in vain to impose some law and order. Krishna’s film is surprisingly successful in bridging the cultural divide between Western soap opera and the ‘Bollywood’ spectacular.

Canada, 1991.
Colour.
Dolby stereo.
106 mins.

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