Mississippi Masala (1991) film notes

  • rated R for “sensuality”
  • all asian ppl getting forced out of Uganda
    -> “africa is for africans. black africans” (true!!!)
    ->immigration + asian communities
  • as they leave “take whatever you want from the house”
  • dad crying, doesn’t explain why they’re leaving to the daughter
  • they all speak swahili
    -> okelo saying goodbye to the family
    -> did okelo and kinnu have a thing? mina has a different nose from jay
  • kinnu gets harassed by the guards on the bus
  • kinnu hides mina’s face from the guards
    -> is she mixed?
  • uganda->london->mississippi
  • wow this girl is so pretty->it’s mina!
    -> darker skin than her mother; speaks english fluently
  • “you’re gonna need to get that black guy’s name for the insurance” but she hit him???
  • dad’s sad monologue about being forced out of uganda
  • lots of discussions of class – the insurance, lawsuits, “he cleans my carpets”
  • “harry’s mother doesn’t like darkies” -> colorism
  • generational differences
  • gossip at the indian party about class + color
    -> “you can’t be dark and poor and expect to her harry patel!” how about fuck off
  • white guy calls the police on the party
  • mina and harry leave to another party (american + black)
    -> the mail guy she hit is here
  • she knows some of the folks here!
  • harry looks uncomfortable lol
  • mina and demetrius slow dance
  • harry’s pissed and wants to leave but mina stays
  • “are you mexican?” “no…. i’m indian”
  • her family lives in a motel
  • mina asks about okelo and jay, mom avoids it
  • “like harry.” “no.”
  • “your people are very good at sports, no?” indian guy to the black folks
    -> why are we (non-black poc) like this
  • jay wants mina to go to college (classism)
  • black person trying to serenade kinnu while jay isn’t there
  • photo of mina and okelo brings up flashbacks of jay and okelo growing up
  • “i’m a mix masala”
  • mina goes with demetrius to his family’s dinner
  • everyone asks mina about africa and india
  • “i had to tell my parents i was seeing someone else”
    -> oooooh they’re gonna get caught!
    -> later: “leave our women alone!”
  • “african music”
  • their relationship is so cute
  • when they get caught the other indian guy calls the cops on them and they both go to court
  • how is loving a black person shame on your family? ughhhh
  • “i’ve worked hard to get where i am, i wanna see you work hard too!”
    -> fuck off white guy
  • speaking in another language so demetrius can’t understand
  • “you’ve caused us enough trouble!” – jay
    -> “so you have a problem with me and mina?” – demetrius
  • “y’all can come from who-knows-where and be as dark as us, but as soon as you get here you start acting white”
  • “i remember (okelo’s) face when he came to say goodbye, and you didn’t even look at him” – mina to jay
  • “you’ve become american.” “so what? if you don’t like it, go back to india.”
  • jay goes back to uganda
    -> okelo passed away 🙁
  • “home is where the heart is”
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