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Basmati Blues (2018)



Critic Consensus: Like the genetically modified grain at the center of its story, Basmati Blues is probably best locked in storage and saved for cases of cinematic famine.

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Basmati Blues is a musical comedy that follows Linda Watt (Brie Larson), a sheltered but brilliant young scientist who is plucked out of her company's lab and sent to India by her CEO (Donald Sutherland) to sell "Rice 9," a genetically modified rice she's created - unaware that the rice will destroy the Indian farmers she thinks she's helping. Upon arriving, Linda is overwhelmed and culture-shocked by the barely controlled chaos of India. She is introduced to an ambitious young bureaucrat, William (Saahil Sehgal) who, along with his mother, decides that they are an excellent match. Linda then meets Rajit (Utkarsh Ambudkar), a rebellious college student forced to drop out by lack of funds, who questions Linda's motives. Despite their playful antagonism, or maybe because of it, she starts falling for him. He ultimately opens her eyes to the fact she has unknowingly become part of a destructive plan. Pulsing with the vibrant colors and rhythms of India, Basmati Blues features original songs written for the film by global artists Pearl Jam, Sugarland, Goldspot, Dave Baerwald, and Sonu Nigam.

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10)

Larson is cute but this is far beneath her talents.

February 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Basmati Blues is the kind of easily forgiven early career move that is best released on home video and forgotten.

February 13, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
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"Basmati Blues" is one of those movies that isn't terrible but still leaves you wondering why it exists.

February 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Basmati Blues isn't nearly as bad as some of the online buzz might indicate...and that's actually unfortunate. Instead of vying for a so-bad-it's-entertaining categorization, it falls squarely into the hell of cinematic mediocrity.

February 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

An amiable misfire.

February 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A broadly played though vibrantly photographed musical romantic-comedy that fails to find a happy medium between cute-and-clever and simply cloying.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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