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Chutney Popcorn

Chutney Popcorn

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Our next Rialto Recommends film could easily fall into the category of "Films You've Never Heard Of." A true indie from the 1999 film festival circuit, CHUTNEY POPCORN played regular theatrical engagements in the late summer and early fall of 2000. If I recall correctly, the film was self-distributed by the filmmakers, who were working with less than a dozen prints. CHUTNEY POPCORN announced the arrival of a new writer-director Nisha Ganatra who has gone on to have a significant career directing television and returned to the theatrical world with 2019's Late Night starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaeling. The push and pull of familial bonds and clashing cultures sets the stage for the comic drama CHUTNEY POPCORN. Renna (Nisha Ganatra) is a young woman of Indian descent living in New York, where she works as both a photographer and a body artist who creates henna tattoos. Renna is also a lesbian, which does not please her mother, Meenu (Madhur Jaffrey), who prefers to dote on her more traditionally minded (and happily married) daughter Sarita (Sakina Jeffrey). Renna impulsively offers to be a surrogate mother for her sister. But Renna starts to have second thoughts, as her lover Lisa (Jill Hennessy) feels left out of the loop, and Meenu thinks both Renna and Sarita are making a mistake. Nisha Ganatra co-wrote and directed Chutney Popcorn and also plays Renna. The New York Times raved "Hollywood could learn a thing or two about how to be truthful and lighthearted at the same time from Nisha Ganatra's perky little comedy CHUTNEY POPCORN." CHUTNEY POPCORN is streaming from Hoopla or available for a modest rental fee from Amazon, YouTube, GooglePlay, Vudu and Apple HERE. Check out this undiscovered gem!

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Nisha Ganatra
Sakina Jaffrey
Cara Buono
Directed by
Nisha Ganatra
Written by
Nisha Ganatra
Susan Carnival
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