|“Every bit as acute as Monsoon Wedding, but more subtle in its blend of cultural satire and social comment, Nisha Ganatra’s cinema directorial debut provides a wry analysis of the way in which family ties tend to bind individuality... ” -- EMPIRE|
Reviews, Quotes in the media
"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..." Review by Stanley Kauffmann, in The New Republic
"Chutney Popcorn is sweet and salty", Review by Jay Carr, in the Boston Globe.
"Snap, Crackle, and Pop", Review by Catharine Tunnacliffe, in the Toronto Eye.
"Cleverly written...", 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 Phoenix
"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...", at thinkIndia.
"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
Nisha Ganatra and Jill Hennessy talk to Jeff Calley at Hangin'OUT about the film. Audio Clip [RealPlayer G2]
"... delivering a story richly detailed in the traditions ...", Review by Loren King, PlanetOut PopcornQ
"Rare treat..." Review by John Black at digitalcity
"A breezy, engaging comedy..." - The Hollywood Reporter
Article: The accidental actress by Chris Lee
Tickets worth paying the scalper for, from sbfg.com
A Spicy Debut by Kavita Chandran, from LittleIndia
"... colorful comedy", TV Guide Review by Ken Fox
"The movie was great! It was a humorous and realistic look ...", Review by Aparita Bhandari
1999's best films by Aniruddh Chawda, from indiacurrents
"Fine performances and a hearty dose of smart-mouthed wise-cracking" - LA Weekly
"A genuinely heartfelt film" - Indie Wire
"(the kind of) energy and creativity that mark the best Indie Features" - Filmmaker 25 New Faces
"The BEST Independent Feature Film I've seen all year." - Mary Glucksman, First Look Film Series
Article By Lisa Tsering, from India-West
Berlin report by Meenakshi Shedde, from FIPRESCI
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