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Chutney Popcorn (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: Jul 9, 1999
DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 1, 2001

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Running Time
1 hour, 32 minutes

Country USA

Studio Mata Productions, Seneca Falls Productions

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• Chutney Popcorn

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Gay/Lesbian

Tagline: A woman. Her girlfriend. A sister. Her husband. Their baby.

Plot: To call CHUTNEY POPCORN a chick flick would be ironic, as the film treats a wide variety of topics with an openness that is careful not to exclude any group--specifically men. However, the film is, in essence, about women loving women--as sisters, as mother and daughter, as friends, as lovers--so to call it anything other than a chick flick would be a lie. Nisha Ganatra, the film's director and writer, stars as the excellent, introspective, accepting lead Reena. She peacefully glides past flowing grain fields on her motorcycle, paints henna designs on her beautiful blond girlfriend, Lisa (Jill Hennessy, whose lovely muscular arms will win over any viewer, regardless of sexual preference), snaps photos of other henna-painted "dykes," and participates in traditional ceremonies with her Indian-American family. However, when Reena offers to be a surrogate mother for her sister, Sarita (Sakina Jaffrey), and her white brother-in-law, Mitch (Nick Chinlund), all of the film's relationships--familial and romantic, begin to shift. The hilarious artificial insemination scenes are rife with complex tension. Each member of the family--especially Reena's mother, Meena (Madhur Jaffrey)--has weird feelings about the plan. With a fitting acoustic guitar soundtrack and a light-hearted approach to

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 Directed by
Nisha Ganatra
Cake, Cosmopolitan, Fast Food High
 Written by
Nisha Ganatra
Cake, CHO Revolution, Cosmopolitan
Jill Hennessy
Exit Wounds, Autumn in New York, The Paper
Ajay Naidu
Requiem for a Dream, Office Space, Pi
Nisha Ganatra
Bam Bam and Celeste, Cake, CHO Revolution
Sakina Jaffrey
The Guru, Raising Helen, The Truth About Charlie
Madhur Jaffrey
Flawless, Prime, Vanya on 42nd Street
Nick Chinlund
Con Air, Training Day, The Chronicles of Riddick
Cara Buono
Hulk, Takedown, Happy Accidents
 Music By
Karsh Kale
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