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Geeta Malik To Bring Lives Of Indian-Americans To Fore With “India Sweets And Spices”

Geeta Malik To Bring Lives Of Indian-Americans To Fore With “India Sweets And Spices”

Most Indian-Americans have had to face a specific dilemma in their lives; the pressure of balancing between two cultures. While they need to comply with their own traditions, ignoring American culture is impossible. It will be interesting to see this reality showcased in the upcoming comedic film “India Sweets and Spices.”

The comedy film features a young woman and her interactions with their Indian family. After returning to her home in New Jersey from her first year at college, she learns of a family secret so big that it tears her world apart. It turns out that her family wasn’t as picture-perfect as she had presumed.

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“We don’t often see movies about the duality of identifying strongly with both Indian and American traditions, and not having to choose between them,” Geeta Malik (the film’s director) said to Variety. “And I didn’t want to make a movie specifically about any sort of culture clash. Every generation, no matter what their background, has to find a way to both break free from and embrace their history. That’s what this film is about, and it is set in the world I know best.”

The iconic film is directed by Geeta Malik and is drawn from her “Dinner With Friends,” a script that saw her win the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting award. “India Sweets and Spices” features some big names from Bollywood and Hollywood,  including Adil Hussain (renowned for his role in “Life of Pi” and “English Vinglish”), Manisha Koirala (who featured in “Bombay”), and Sophia Ali (who has featured in “Uncharted” and “The Wilds”). This will also mark Manisha Koirala’s Hollywood debut.

India Sweets and Spices
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The film fuses a diversity of characters, all with strong inclinations. It presents a story of cultural diversity and aims at giving the world an unfiltered view of how Indian Americans live their lives in America.

“India Sweets and Spices” was in the news as its original producers, SK Global, ceded its worldwide distribution rights to CAA Media Finance, which is known for supporting independent films with great content.

As a film with unique perspectives, it is bound to be met by fans with open arms. This film promises to bring many deja-vu moments for all Indian Americans.

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