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The Mystic Masseur (2001)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 29 March 2002 (UK)
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In 1950s Trinidad, a frustrated writer supports himself as a masseur--and soon becomes a revered mystic and politico.

Director:

Ismail Merchant

Writers:

V.S. Naipaul (novel), Caryl Phillips (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aasif Mandvi ... Ganesh
Albert Laveau Albert Laveau ... Headmaster
Jimi Mistry ... Pratap Cooper
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Beharry
Om Puri ... Ramlogan
Ayesha Dharker ... Leela
Sakina Jaffrey ... Suruj Mooma
Zohra Sehgal ... Auntie (as Zohra Segal)
James Fox ... Mr. Stewart
Rez Kempton ... Basdeo
Lisa Bissoon Lisa Bissoon ... Wedding Singer
Grace Maharaj Grace Maharaj ... Mrs. Cooper
Ria Soodeen Ria Soodeen ... Wedding Dancer (as Rhea Suedeen)
Michael Jogee Michael Jogee ... Kedgeree Crowd
Sunil Maharaj Sunil Maharaj ... Kedgeree Crowd
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Circa 1940 in Trinidad, still a British Colony, lives Ganesh Ramseyor, of East Indian origin, along with his wife, Leela. He longs to reach out to people, especially to Hindus, in order to promote the Hindu Faith, and be known as a writer. He does get considerable success, so much so that he becomes famous as a miracle worker, having cured a man of sharing intimacy with his bicycle; prevented a man from believing that he can fly; and convincing a young woman to end her fast. His fame spreads all over the island and thousands throng to seek his blessings, which he does dole out quite benevolently, without charging any fees from the poor and the needy. He then decides to spread his wings by challenging the local politician Pandit Narayan Chandrashekhar alias Cyrus T., and takes over The Hindu Organization, thence opening his way to a seat in the prestigious Member of the Legislative Assembly. Now literally the sky is the limit for Ganesh, and he knows that he can achieve any position - ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | India | Trinidad and Tobago | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El masajista místico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,550, 5 May 2002

Gross USA:

$399,110

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$403,503
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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they could've at least gotten the accent right.
11 April 2003 | by theonhSee all my reviews

anyone who knows anything about trinidad/trinidadians would immediately realize within the first five minutes of this movie that these people don't seem to take their subject matter seriously. why go and waste loads of money on a movie, when your actors cannot pull off a half-decent trinidadian accent? throughout the movie we have either indian or british-indian actors making a sorry attempt at mimicking trinidadian speech. why not go and hire a full cast of trinidadian people? the movie did feature a few native trinidadians and their perfect accents made the other actors' poor accents show up even more. i truly wonder why v.s. naipaul let his book get treated in this careless manner.


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