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PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 21 April 2010 (UK)
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A comedy centered on an Indian mother who takes her obsession with marriage into the world of serial murder.

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Gurinder Chadha
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Curry Man (Mr. Bhatti)
Steve Morphew ... A&E Doctor
Steve Jones ... Earnest Reporter
Jamie Sives ... Detective Hughes
Sendhil Ramamurthy ... D S Raj Murthy
Mark Addy ... D I Smythe
Shabana Azmi ... Mrs. Sethi
Goldy Notay ... Roopi Sethi
Sacha Shilov Sacha Shilov ... Bike Kid
Teghvir Gujral Teghvir Gujral ... Bike Kid
Harry Rance Harry Rance ... Bike Kid
Ray Panthaki ... Jazz Sethi
Jack Gordon ... Ari
Shaheen Khan Shaheen Khan ... Kebab Woman (Manjit Kaur)
Lalita Ahmed ... Old Woman at Market
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Storyline

Southall Police are baffled by four successive homicides of East Indians, and request Detective Raj Murthy to mingle with the local community and find out who is behind the murders. Raj does so and meets with his childhood girlfriend, Roopi Sethi, who lives with her widowed mother and brother, Jazz. Both continue to meet and an unsuspecting Raj will be taken by surprise when his superiors consider Roopi as a suspect in these homicides as she knew all the deceased victims. Before they could take any further steps, a fifth homicide occurs - that of Mrs. Goldstein. Again this victim is also known to Roopi, but in order to arrest her, they must find evidence and also a motive. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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If fate can't find you...Mother will. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for drug content and comic violent images | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Punjabi

Release Date:

21 April 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hai Marjawaan! See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of the wedding dress designer was in a number of scenes but his role was deleted from the final print. See more »

Goofs

Roopi's DNA is checked for a match against a hair left by the killer, but comes back negative. However, the hair belongs to her mother and any follicle would share mitochondrial DNA, which would definitely be picked up during the test. See more »

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Curry Man: [When Roopi states she's not going to India to find a husband] No great loss for India
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Director Chadha "jumps the shark"
15 February 2016 | by areehalSee all my reviews

After a string of good films, especially the delightful "Bend it Like Beckham", Chadha seems to have lost her footing. My favourite parts of the movie were the outdoor scenes in London's Southall community. It brought back childhood memories of the area. The acting is decent but the plot, even by screwball comedy standards, is completely unbelievable. I get that Chadha is satirizing the extent to which Indian mothers will go to marry off their offspring. Like thousands of other asians i've experienced that scene in the sikh temple (Gurdwara) first hand. In fact, the scenes depicting everyday life are done very well. What spoils the picture is the whole ghost thing. First off all there is no explanation as to how a mild mannered mother would commit such violent crimes. Surely, a subtle poisoning would have been more believable. Then there is the appearance of the "ghosts". They're not scary - just visually unappealing. Makes much of the film nauseating to watch. In the "making of" feature, on the DVD, one can tell that Chadha finds them hilarious. I just found them gross. Chadha also says the "Carrie" scene was her favourite. Again, I can't agree. It was sheer self-indulgence to film it - it adds nothing to the story. After the dismal financial failure of this ego driven piece, hopefully, Chadha will go back to what she does best - show the foibles, follies, and delights of life in the Asian community in London.


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