G’day India Film Review: ‘India Sweets and Spices’ is a film that takes you to the life, secrets of crazy rich Indians in New Jersey. (G’day India Rating: ***1/2)

Film: India Sweets and Spice.

Duration: 140 minutes

(Releasing on the 3rd February in Australia) Director:  Geeta Malik, Written by Geeta Malik, Cast: Sophia Ali, Manisha Koirala, Rish Shah, Adil Hussain and Deepti Gupta. G’day India Rating: ***1/2

Writer Director Geeta Malik brings out the rich Indian in an American suburbia to the screen, drawing comparison to her own childhood.

India Sweets and Spices celebrates a young woman ‘s courage that rubs on beautifully to her mother to embrace her past, her identity and her truth.

An hour and forty minutes of entertainment with ‘Aunties without borders’ commentary packs that extra punch while Adil Hussain’s charm, Manisha’s vulnerability will somehow overshadow the accent; and will push you to embrace the brilliance of Sophia Ali.

From the producers of Crazy Rich Asians, they now bring us the Crazy Rich Indians of New Jersey.

Every family has secrets to their picture perfect, rich immaculate life and it just takes one lie to shake things up. India Sweets and Spices exactly does that. Starring Sophia Ali, Manisha Koirala, Deepti Gupta, Adil Hussain and Rish Shah, tells the story of Alia Kapur (Sophia Ali) college freshman who returns home for the summer to her family’s posh suburban New Jersey home and disrupts their neat no nonsense tidy life with her new perked up freedom.

Almost imagining this to be another American comedy drama to tell a story about the stereotypical Indian mindset but thank God it is not; in fact, it actually weaves into the reality of rich Indian expats who struggles to find the balance between their reality and their life.

Yes! the movie has the typical auntyjees gossiping behind everyone but that’s just an extension of what happens in an Indian – suburban party.The gossip thickens especially befriending Vraun (Rish shah), the handsome son of the new owners of the local India Sweets and Spice grocery store, Alia invites his family to her parent’s weekly dinner party and their wealthy friends. But the dinner party turned out to be more of a revelation when Alia learns that her uptight suburban mother Sheila (Manisha Koirala) has previous connection to Varun’s mother Bhairavi (Deepti Gupta). If that was not all she soon uncovers that both her parents have been living a lie, but it was Alia’s surprise discovery turning into resentment when she disrupts her transformation pushing that to confront her parents to change.

A good watch, thoroughly enthralling and equally entertaining into the lovingly framed glimpse of the life of an Indian American family but easily could be translating into the suburbia of Australia.

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For Cinemas listing in Australia visit: https://www.flicks.com.au/movie/india-sweets-and-spices/