- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 14, 2001
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Wolfe Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 09/22/2000
"...Unusally well acted....Ms. Ganatra's Reena exudes a warm, pillowy sensuality that is complemented by Ms. Hennessy's frisky, high-strung hauteur. But the deepest and most complex performance is Ms. Jaffrey's Meenu..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/13/2001
"...That the film succeeds as well as it does can be attributed to not only to Ganatra's generosity of spirit, which is considerable, but also her ability to juggle story elements with the deftness of a born entertainer..."
To call CHUTNEY POPCORN a chick flick would be ironic, as the film treats a wide variety of topics with an openness that is careful not to exclude any group--specifically men. However, the film is, in essence, about women loving women--as sisters, as mother and daughter, as friends, as lovers--so to call it anything other than a chick flick would be a lie. Nisha Ganatra, the film's director and writer, stars as the excellent, introspective, accepting lead Reena. She peacefully glides past flowing grain fields on her motorcycle, paints henna designs on her beautiful blond girlfriend, Lisa (Jill Hennessy, whose lovely muscular arms will win over any viewer, regardless of sexual preference), snaps photos of other henna-painted "dykes," and participates in traditional ceremonies with her Indian-American family. However, when Reena offers to be a surrogate mother for her sister, Sarita (Sakina Jaffrey), and her white brother-in-law, Mitch (Nick Chinlund), all of the film's relationships--familial and romantic, begin to shift. The hilarious artificial insemination scenes are rife with complex tension. Each member of the family--especially Reena's mother, Meena (Madhur Jaffrey)--has weird feelings about the plan. With a fitting acoustic guitar soundtrack and a light-hearted approach to asking serious questions about difficult issues, Ganatra gets viewers thinking with CHUTNEY POPCORN.
Description by Wolfe Video:
A delightful and heartfelt comedy. Reena and Lisa are young, happy and in love. But when Reena agrees to become a surrogate mother for her childless sister, the cultural divide between Reena's Indian family and their lesbian lifestyle hits home. Stars Jill Hennessey of Law and Order and Crossing Jordan. 92 min.
Family Relations |
Gay / Lesbian |
New York City |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical Release: September 14, 2000 (SF), September 22, 2000 (NY).
- The DVD includes special features such as "Moments on the Set," a laid-back conversation with the actresses hanging out in the set of the henna beauty parlour; "Outtakes," including some funny botched kissing scenes; and "Commentaries," a feature that allows diehards to watch the film with verbal notes from A) Nisha Ganatra and writer Susan Carnival or B) Jill Hennessy, Sakina Jaffrey, and Nisha Ganatra. In addition, the music is available track by track on the DVD, including the score from Karsh Kale, "Jupiter Light" from Trolleyvox, "Blown Away," from Super 5 Thor, and "Sparkler Queen" from Miss Alans.