Cooking with Stella (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Cooking with Stella (2009)




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A woman who has learned a few things about taking care of herself runs the risk of having her tricks found out in this comedy-drama. Stella (Seema Biswas) works as a domestic in New Delhi and has used her fluency in English and skills as a cook to wrangle a job as housekeeper for Canada's ambassador to India. While she's well liked by her employers, they don't know that she's been submitting padded expense reports for years and pocketing the difference; she also regularly raids the cupboards to sell quality foods at a discount to others. However, Stella's schemes may be a thing of the past with the arrival of new ambassador Maya (Lisa Ray). Maya's husband Michael (Don McKellar) stays home to look after their young daughter, and cooks as a hobby; he's fond of Indian food, and insists that Stella give him lessons in preparing the local cuisine. With the man of the house a frequent presence in the kitchen, Stella finds scamming her employers is not nearly so easy, especially since she and Michael get along so well. Matters become all the more complicated when Maya and Michael hire a nanny, Tannu (Shriya Saran), who is an especially devout Hindu girl. Cooking With Stella was the first fiction feature from director Dilip Mehta. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Don McKellar
as Michael Laffont
Seema Biswas
as Stella Elizabeth Matthews
Lisa Ray
as Maya Chopra
Maury Chaykin
as High Commissioner Mr. Durand
Ruth Norfolk
as Dorothy Durand
Sohaila Kapoor
as Aunty Kamala
Daulat Ram Vaid
as Inspector Dixit
Jaspal Sharma
as Sub-Inspector
Arun Sode
as Gardener
Mulchand Dedhia
as Vegetable Seller
Ajay Virmani
as TV Cooking Show Host
Deana Culp
as American Embassy Official
Mahesh Gahlot
as Lecherous Old Man
Nadeem Khan
as Buddy #1
Bharat Vig
as Buddy #2
Hitender Kumar
as Immigration Officer/Buddy #3
Laxmi Rawel
as Cook #2
as Old Woman in Park
Raj Tilak
as Waiter
Naresh Gosain
as Chicken Wallah
G.S. Bedi
as Shopkeeper
Anurag Arora
as Constable in Market
Ena Vohra
as Helpful Woman
Sandhyi Bhatia
as Reliable Looking Woman
Biplob Borekakoh
as Man in Market
Terry Banting
as Security Officer
Anil de Mello
as Police Constable
Owais Ali Harji
as Police Constable
Ramesh Mokwana
as Police Constable
Susheel Sharma
as Reporter #1
Sarah R. Niazi
as Reporter #2
Saurabh Kaushik
as Reporter #3
Veer Bhushan
as Reporter #4
Sachin Kathuria
as Reporter #5
Saurabh Mishra
as Reoprter #6
Simtia Bharti
as Defense Attorney
Sunita Sharma
as Jail Guard
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Critic Reviews for Cooking with Stella

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

[An] unexceptional comedy that resembles Deepa's Canadian-Indian hybrids such as Bollywood/Hollywood rather than the heartfelt social-conscience dramas Water and Earth.

April 14, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Meant to be a funny clash of cultures but, suddenly and with scant warning, it turns into a confused clamour of genres.

March 19, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Biswas aside, performances are uninspired and director Dilip Mehta mars his third act with a moralising ending that's neither plausible or earned.

April 14, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A subtle social comedy with an upstairs/downstairs sort of flavour.

March 19, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5

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