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Chutney Popcorn (1999)

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The push and pull of familial bonds and clashing cultures sets the stage for the comic drama Chutney Popcorn. Renna (Nisha Ganatra) is a young woman of Indian descent living in New York, where she works as both a photographer and a body artist who creates henna tattoos. Renna is also a lesbian, which does not please her mother, Meenu (Madhur Jaffrey), who prefers to dote on her more traditionally minded (and happily married) daughter Sarita (Sakina Jeffrey). One day, Renna gets some bad news from Sarita: While she and her husband have been trying to have a baby, her doctor has informed that her she is infertile and will never bear a child of her own. Renna volunteers to serve as surrogate mother for Sarita; she wants to help her sister and hopes this will smooth some of the rough spots in her relationship with her mother. But Renna starts to have second thoughts, as her lover Lisa (Jill Hennessy) feels left out of the loop, and Meenu thinks both Renna and Sarita are making a mistake. Nisha Ganatra co-wrote and directed Chutney Popcorn and also plays Renna; the film was enthusiastically received in its screening at the 1999 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

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Cast

Eliza Foss
as Dr. Brendel
Elise Foss
as Dr. Brendel
Vinod Ganatra
as Visiting Auntie
Sunita Mukhi
as Bhangra Auntie
Ajay Mehta
as Dr. Sud
Sunita Mikhi
as Bhangra Auntie
Laura Dubrule
as Bi-phobia Dyke
Annalisa Robertson
as Co-dependent girlfriend
Monica Bhatia
as Wedding Girl
Destina Donovan
as Wedding Girl
M. Iqbal
as Paan Stand Owner
Caran Hartsfield
as East Village Club Flyer Girl
Dan Grey
as Tourist
Margo Michaels
as Cheese Girl
Barbara Schofield
as Lamaze Instructor
Jennifer Capriccio
as Henna Model
Missy Cohen
as Henna Model
Amy Gelper
as Henna Model
Kim Heinz
as Henna Model
Catherine McCarthy
as Henna Model
Leena Raichur
as Henna Model
Bhavani Rao
as Henna Model
Sarah Bhatia
as Wedding Guest
Hardeep Bhatia
as Wedding Guest
Harvinder Bhatia
as Wedding Guest
Channi Bhatia
as Wedding Guest
Jasbir Bhatia
as Wedding Guest
Brakash Bhatia
as Wedding Guest
Gagan Bhatia
as Wedding Guest
Lily Chung
as Wedding Guest
Charanpal Chawla
as Wedding Guest
Kim Epstein
as Wedding Guest
Jasbir Kaur
as Wedding Guest
Kasleen Kaur
as Wedding Guest
Satwant Malhotra
as Wedding Guest
Satya Malhotra
as Wedding Guest
DJ Rekha
as Wedding Guest
Karan Narang
as Wedding Guest
Stacey Rivera
as Wedding Guest
James H. Shana
as Wedding Guest
Nancy Shane
as Wedding Guest
Rosalie Shane
as Wedding Guest
Pavneet Singh
as Wedding Guest
Japneet Singh
as Wedding Guest
Jassu Sing
as Wedding Guest
Jason Singh
as Wedding Guest
Nimmi Singh
as Wedding Guest
Manjit Singh
as Wedding Guest
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Critic Reviews for Chutney Popcorn

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

Its strengths are many, but by the end, it's clear that this debut feature has missed one too many opportunities that would have made it a sharper social satire.

May 29, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

With henna tattoos drawing parallels between Indian tradition and the lesbian lifestyle, it's a canny sitcom.

May 29, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film runs out of comic situations after the first hour and resorts to too many senseless montages

May 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Ganatra and co-writer Susan Carnival do a fine job of illuminating and contrasting the Indian and lesbian cultures, drawing subtle yet strong visual linkages and peppering their script with healthily acerbic observations.

May 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Part portrait of merging cultures, part investigation of the parameters of family loyalty, "Chutney Popcorn" is many things, the most important of which is a very good comedy.

March 27, 2009 | Full Review…

While covering the many tangles and snags of a modern family, Ganatra also examines how immigration affects them.

March 10, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chutney Popcorn

Fantastic movie by Nisha Ganatra!! Great story plot. Filled with a bit of hilarity, but intriguing story about Reena and her sister. Great cast! Phenomenal music!! Worth watching.

Leo L
Leo L

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