A full-length feature film, made by Nisha Ganatra.
Buy Chutney Popcorn on DVD - includes Soundtrack
New York, Thirteen WNET: 8PM on April 13, 2006.
Chutney Popcorn - as part of the larger segment on Indian filmmaking in
New York City.
Albuquerque, New Mexico: January 29, 2005
With the assistance of Albuquerque Pride
2005, NM VOICE magazine and WIMINFEST 2005, as they support the documentary film
on same-sex marriage as it occurred in New Mexico on Feb. 20, 2004.
Stanford University, CA: Jan 19, 2005
Brattleboro, Vermont: March 14-20, 2005
Women's Film festival,
a fund-raiser for the Brattleboro Women's Crisis Center.
Yale University, CT: Feb 10-17, 2005
Yale Queer Film Festival
Boston, USA: October 19, 2004
Oslo, Norway: October, 2004
Oslo Film Center Museum
New York, USA: November, 2004
Jacob Burns Center at Lincoln Center
Indian Premiere, Mumbai: Nov 20-27, 2003
International Film Festival
"Hollywood could learn a thing or two from Chutney Popcorn." - New York Times
"One of the delights of Carnival and Ganatra's script is the consistency
with which it manages to surprise" - VARIETY
"A film we can all relate to. A great debut feature." - Diva
"A lovely, funny and touching film. Look out for blessing ceremonies with
girls and their mother, and also the dyke-spotting scene! Best film title of the
month **** " - OUT
"a delightful and heartfelt comedy" - NOW UK
"The story ... carries off the tricky feat of being
wisecracking one minute and serious the next while
staying true to its characters and sustaining a
jovial easygoing tone",
Review by Stephen Holden, New York Times.
SK's "Films Worth Seeing" -- "The film's chief triumph
is its tone..."
by Stanley Kauffmann, in The New Republic
"Chutney Popcorn is sweet and salty",
by Jay Carr, in the Boston Globe.
"Snap, Crackle, and Pop",
by Catharine Tunnacliffe, in the Toronto Eye.
Berlin Film Festival 2000
Review by Eddie Cockrell
"An Eclectic Comedy for Our Times",
Review by Stel Fine, hollywood.com
"A sweet and inventive comedy" - The Boston
"Treats delicate topics with wit, sensitivity,
and humor... Jaffrey turns in the most bitingly
funny maternal portrait since Debbie Reynolds in
Mother" - Variety
"Audiences eat up Chutney Popcorn...",
by Rachel Kramer Bussel writing for TechnoDyke.
"The production values and cinematography are outstanding... in the Berlin
Film Festival, 'Chutney Popcorn' won second place in the Panorama Audience Award
and it's easy to see why." - Rainbow Network
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Chutney Popcorn is a humorous look at
the meaning of family and friends from a different
When Sarita discovers she can't have children, Reena
finds that for the first time in their lives, she,
Reena, can do something her perfect sister Sarita
can't: get pregnant! Obsessed with helping her sister
and winning her mom's approval to go ahead with her
plan, Reena decides she'll have the baby and then give
it to her sister and brother-in-law. Now she just needs
to convince her commitment-phobic girlfriend to go
along with the idea.
With Indian traditions on the one hand and '90s New
York City values on the other, Chutney Popcorn is a
provocative new comedy that shows you can find family
somewhere between the two.
Jill Hennessy (
NBC's award-winning series Crossing Jordan, Law & Order,
Exit Wounds, I Shot Andy Warhol
Related Links: Jill Hennessy (fan site).
Nick Chinlund (
Training Day, The Onion Movie, Legend of Zorro, Tears of the Sun
Related Links: The
Nick Chinlund Page.
Madhur Jaffrey (
Winner Best Actress - Berlin Film Festival.
Vanya on 42nd Street, Six Degrees of Separation,
Heat and Dust, East Enders, Cotton Mary.
Nisha Ganatra (
The Acting Class, Bread, Chutney Popcorn
Nisha Ganatra Fan Club Yahoo! Message Board.
Cara Buono (
Third Watch, The Hulk, Next Stop Wonderland, The Two Ninas
Ajay Naidu (
Office Space, The Guru, Bad Santa, Scary Movie 3, Pi
Sakina Jaffrey (
Manchurian Candidate, Raising Helen, Truth About Charlie
Daniella Rich (American Pie,
Center Stage, Maid in Manhattan. Tony N Tina's Wedding
originated the role of Morales in "A Chorus Line" on Broadway.
The Two Ninas, Daisy Feldman's New York
Full Cast and Credits
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Los Angeles Premiere
Berlin Film Festival
Director/Writer: Nisha Ganatra
Visit this link for more on Nisha
Writer/Producer: Susan Carnival
A native New Yorker, Susan
received her MFA from the
Graduate Film Program at NYU. Chutney Popcorn, her
first feature film (which she co-wrote and produced),
has won numerous festival awards including audience
awards for best feature film at the Newport Film
Festival, Outfest/Los Angeles, The Ojai film festival
and The San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay
Film Festival. The film was also nominated for a GLAAD
Media Award in 2001. Susan is currently in development
on Hart Cove, a modern day ghost story set on Long
Executive Producer: Trina Wyatt, Tribeca Films
As CFO, Trina supervises all
Tribeca Productions business affairs and financial
operations. She also serves as Co-Chair to the
First Look Film Series, a program founded by
Eastman Kodak, the Tribeca Film Center, Robert De
Niro, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Nora
Ephron. Trina was Director of Financial Reporting at
Turner Pictures Worldwide in Los Angeles, where she
was responsible for the start-up entities: Turner
Pictures and Turner Feature Animation, and TNT
Originals Productions. While in L.A. Trina produced
the Independent film I Shot a Man in Vegas
starring Janeane Garrafalo and John
Executive Producer: Roger Kass
of legal firm
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard
entertainment producers, directors, writers,
and other creative talent and has substantial experience
representing independent film distributors.
He has worked extensively on the
financing and distribution of The Crow
and its sequels City of Angels and
Salvation for producer Edward R. Pressman,
provided production financing
and/or production legal services on such films as
Academy Award winner Affliction,
Two Girls and a Guy, and many other feature films
and documentary films.
Music: Original Score by Karsh Kale
of Cypress Hill.
Karsh Kale Related Links:
Chutney Popcorn features the music of:
DJ Spooky, Talvin Singh, The
Spinanes, Team Dresch.
Complete Music Credits
Full Cast and Credits
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