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The Mistress of Spices (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 21 April 2006 (UK)
In India, Tilo has the ability of foreseeing the future. When their parents are killed by bandits, she is kidnapped but escapes and is raised by the First Mother in a sort of traditional ... See full summary »

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Tilo (as Aishwarya Rai)
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Doug
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Haroun Rehman
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Kwesi
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Myisha
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Geeta's Grandfather
Shaheen Khan ...
Jagit's Mother
Sonny Gill ...
Jagjit (as Sonny Gill Dulay)
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Doug's Mother
Toby Marlow ...
Young Doug
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Geeta
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First Mother (as Zohra Segal)
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Satish - Geeta's dad
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Hameeda - Haroun's neighbor
Rebecca Bowden ...
Bougainvillea Girl
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Storyline

In India, Tilo has the ability of foreseeing the future. When their parents are killed by bandits, she is kidnapped but escapes and is raised by the First Mother in a sort of traditional cult of spices. She becomes the Mistress of Spices and is sent to the Spice Bazaar in San Francisco, with the mission of following three basic rules: help her clients to accomplish their desires with the spices, but never hers; never leave the store; and never be touched in the skin. When she meets the handsome American architect Doug, she feels a great attraction and desire for him, breaking the first rule and being punished by the spices. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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spice | bandit | india | mother | indian | See All (123) »

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One spice for passion. And one woman who knows its name.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Condimentos para el amor  »

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£85,563 (United Kingdom), 23 April 2006, Limited Release
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Gurinder Chadha and her mother made all the mango and carrot pickles seen at the spice store. See more »

Goofs

During the scene when Doug tells Tilo about his relationship to his mother, the glass of lemon soda that she gives him is full, then when he sets it down it's empty. Then he raises it again to his mouth, and it's full again. See more »

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Tilo: Each spice has a special day to it. For turmeric it is Sunday, when light drips fat and butter-colored into the bins to be soaked up glowing, when you pray to the nine planets for love and luck.
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Referenced in The Contractor (2007) See more »

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Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha
Performed by Bally Sagoo
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Pretentious
21 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I went to see this film, and if it wasn't for other people sitting around us, I would have walked out of the cinema half way through. There is no chemistry between the leading actors. There is very poor character development. Lots of bits of information is thrown in about various characters without linking it to the story. Ashwarya Rai's voice over after a while becomes boring. Lots of other minor characters are added, I think just to fill up the blank pages of the script. The spices are only an excuse to give a movie its title. I am sure some of spice add makers could have done more justice to the spices. The music in places is pathetic. Anupam Kher tries hard with his performance, but fails to add any relevance to the story line. This film does not deserve to be associated with Gurvinder Chadda. Is her name being used for promoting her husbands lacking talent?


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