The screen-writer of Mississippi Masala talks about what makes the Mira Nair directorial related to the present era of the Indian diaspora within the US even right this moment

31 years after it first premiered in France, filmmaker Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala is all set to re-release in a remixed and remastered format within the USA on April 15. The movie starring Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury revolves round Indians being subjected to racism and xenophobia in Uganda.

Its screenplay author Sooni Taraporevala believes that the movie could have a robust influence on the brand new era of the Indian diaspora within the USA this time round as effectively. “When the movie first got here out, I used to be in India and there have been so many feedback like, ‘We aren’t like that, we aren’t racists’ however it’s simply not true. We like pointing fingers at others and name them racist, however deny it with regards to us. It’s going to be very related for the subsequent era as a result of sadly, not a lot has modified,” she says.

Sarita Choudhury and Denzel Washington in a nonetheless from Mississippi Masala

Sharing her pleasure in regards to the re-release of the movie, Taraporevala, who bagged the Golden Osella Finest Authentic Screenplay for it on the Venice worldwide Movie Competition in 1991, says, “In a local weather the place new movies aren’t getting launched theatrically, we discover it completely superb and thrilling {that a} movie that’s 30-year-old is being re-released.”

The Salaam Bombay! (1988) and The Namesake (2006) author feels that it’s crucial to introduce the youthful NRI viewers to cult classics that provide them a glimpse into their tradition. She explains, “It’s all the time essential to reveal them to what got here earlier than, offered it’s related, particularly in right this moment’s instances the place consideration spans are zero. No person reads and so, there’s no idea of historical past right this moment.”

Taraporevala additional reveals that Mississippi Masala holds a particular place in Nair’s coronary heart because of private causes. “Mira met her husband, Mahmood Mamdani, after we went to Kampala to do our analysis. The home within the movie is now her home. Her son was born there,” she ends.


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