ApunKaChoice : Bollywood


Mistress Of SpicesThe Mistress Of Spices : Review
29th Apr 2006  06.00 IST
By Nikhil Kumar  

The Mistress Of Spices is a bland, wishy-washy film with amateurish direction and merely passable acting performances.

The film, starring Aishwarya Rai with the 44-yr-old American actor Dylan McDermott , is the directorial debut of Paul Mayeda Berges, the husband of Gurinder Chadha .

The movie tells the story of a woman who is trained in the art of using spices to heal people. She has a spicy prescription for almost every problem, except love that strikes none other than her own ascetic self when a handsome stranger enters her life accidentally (literally) and stirs up all her dormant emotions.

Tilo (Aishwarya) has the special powers to help people through spices. She runs her store 'Spice Bazaar' in San Francisco. The store is like her little universe in which she 'talks' to her spices and prescribes magical remedies to her coterie of clients.

In her practice of this art, Tilo follows a few strict rules. She never touches another person's skin, she never leaves her store and she never lets any other emotion take precedence over her love for spices.

But then, one fine day, a handsome man named Doug (Dylan McDermott) meets with an accident right outside her store. The coming of a stranger into her life stirs up all the emotions she thought had never existed in her.

Doug, obviously smitten with Tilo's beauty and subtle mystique, pursues her. Thereby begins the tug-of-war inside Tilo. Her heart wants to fall in love, but her head tells her she must not, for she would lose all her magical powers.

Then, one by one her rules are broken. Tilo and Doug touch, he later asks her out on a date and she leaves her store and spices unattended. On the other hand, her prescribed remedies begin to backfire and her clients face the wrath of the spices, the wrath incurred by the change of the mistress's heart.

Tilo finds herself in a dilemma. She must choose between her magical art and her heart.

Adapted from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's novel of the same title, the movie sort of condenses Divakaruni's story in such a way that the layered characters of the book end up having no depth on the reel. The result is a visually beautiful movie that merely scratches the surface, and that too irritatingly.

On top of it, Aishwarya Rai, the much-vaunted face of Bollywood for the West, simpers through most of her part in the movie and delivers her dialogues in an accentuated English. And the other actors offer little respite.

Dylan McDermott gives a little more than easy demeanor to his character. His performance is pretty plain and blithe.

On the sidelines, Anupam Kher is just about ok, Padma Lakshmi is forgettable and Zora Sehgal immensely likeable. Ayesha Dharkar has a fleeting appearance.

In a nutshell, 'The Mistress Of Spices' is a bummer.

Mistress Of Spices
Aishwarya Rai
Dylan McDermott
Gurinder Chadha
Anupam Kher
Padma Lakshmi

Now Trending : Salman Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Ranbir Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra Aishwarya Rai | Katrina Kaif | Kareena Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra | Alia Bhatt | Surveen Chawla | New Hindi Movies

Snapshot: Shahid Kapoor celebrates Rakhi with sister Sanah
Shahid and Sanah celebrate Raksha Bandhan
Pix: Shah Rukh Khan wraps up ‘Dilwale’ song shoot with Kajol in Iceland
Pix: Salman Khan celebrates Rakhi with sister
Katrina Kaif says her blood boils on being called Ranbir’s girlfriend!
Gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez covers Cine Blitz
Do you like Sidharth Malhotra’s quaint look for ‘Baar Baar Dekho’
Esha Gupta brings sexy back as Maxim cover girl
Salman Khan chops Sooraj Pancholi-Athiya Shetty kiss from ‘Hero’
Watch Bollywood’s first stop-motion song: ‘Lip To Lip De Kissiyan’ has Imran, Kangana on kissing spree
You won’t believe what Katrina Kaif said about her marriage plan with Ranbir Kapoor
Check out the new title of Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra’s movie ‘Kal Jisne Dekha’
Watch song: 'Khoya Khoya' from 'Hero' tugs at your heartstrings
Hollywood Reporter names Priyanka Chopra as one of the top 10 TV stars to watch out for
All is well in my paradise: John Abraham
'Phantom' movie review: A revenge you wish was smarter


ECARDS > Valentines Day, New Year, Diwali, Birthday, Valentines, Love, Christmas
CardWeaver.com > Birthday, Holi


celebs wallpapers the celeb A-Z
who's in Freida Pinto | Anushka Sharma | Katrina Kaif | Deepika Padukone | Ranbir Kapoor | Dev Patel | Aishwarya Rai | Abhishek Bachchan | Imran Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Salman Khan | Aamir Khan | Hrithik Roshan | Akshay Kumar | Zayed Khan | Saif Ali Khan | John Abraham | Shahid Kapur | Kareena Kapoor | Vidya Balan | Priyanka Chopra | Rani Mukherjee | Mallika Sherawat | Bipasha Basu | Preity Zinta | Kajol | Neha Dhupia | Sameera Reddy | Juhi Chawla | Karisma Kapoor | Madhuri Dixit | Chitrangada Singh | Payal Rohatgi | Sneha Ullal | Mahima Chaudhary | Meghna Naidu | Rakhi Sawant | Bhumika Chawla | Lisa Ray | Dimple Kapadia | Ayesha Takia | Dia Mirza | Sushmita Sen | Amisha Patel | Esha Deol | Amrita Rao | Amrita Arora | Genelia D'Souza | Arjun Rampal | Amitabh Bachchan | Vivek Oberoi | Raima Sen | Riya Sen | Rekha | Rimi Sen | Nigar Khan | Tanushree Dutta | Yana Gupta | Shilpa Shetty | Celina Jaitley | Sonam Kapoor | Neha Oberoi | Nisha Rawal | Manjari Fadnis | Kamal Haasan | Rajnikant | Asin | Sanjay Dutt | Shahid Kapoor | Sherlyn Chopra | Farhan Akhtar | Prachi Desai | Mandira Bedi | Shahana Goswami | Konkona Sen Sharma | Kangana Ranaut | Mugdha Godse | Masumeh Makhija | Minissha Lamba | Nandana Sen | Malaika Arora | Shweta Kumar | Namitha | Kalki Koechlin | Mahi Gill | Shakeela | Lara Dutta | A R Rahman | Trisha | Shruti Haasan | Neetu Chandra | Shriya Saran | Padma Lakshmi | Emma Watson | Kelly Clarkson | Britney Spears | Anne Hathaway | Anjana Sukhani | Tila Tequila | Soha Ali Khan | Priyamani | Sonal Chauhan | Vaishali Desai | Jackky Bhagnani | Kristen Stewart | Robert Pattinson | Neil Nitin Mukesh | Shiney Ahuja | more...