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Essential Cinema

Mississippi Masala

Sponsored by:
Farmers State Bank

The Roxy Theater is proud to present Essential Cinema, a monthly series of the most iconic and important films the artform has to offer. 


The vibrant cultures of India, Uganda, and the American South come together in Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala, a luminous look at the complexities of love in the modern melting pot. Years after her Indian family was forced to flee their home in Uganda by the dictatorship of Idi Amin, twentysomething Mina (Sarita Choudhury) spends her days cleaning rooms in an Indian-run motel in Mississippi. When she falls for the charming Black carpet cleaner Demetrius (Denzel Washington), their passionate romance challenges the prejudices of both of their families and exposes the rifts between the region’s Indian and African American communities. Tackling thorny issues of racism, colorism, culture clash, and displacement with bighearted humor and keen insight, Nair serves up a sweet, sexy, and deeply satisfying celebration of love’s power.


Sponsored by Farmers State Bank!

Cast: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Roshan Seth, Charles S. Dutton
Director: Mira Nair
Rated: R
Duration: 118 min
Released: 1991
Genre: Romance

Essential Cinema

Mississippi Masala

Mississippi Masala