Mississippi Masala ★★★ 1992 (R)
“Masala” is an Indian seasoning blending different-colored spices, as this film is a blend of romance, comedy, and social conscience. An interracial romance sets off a cultural collision and escalates racial tensions in a small Southern town when Mina, a sheltered young Indian woman, falls in love with Demetrius, an ambitious black man with his own carpet-cleaning business. Washington and Choudhury are engaging as the lovers with Seth, as Mina's unhappy father, especially watchable. 118m/C VHS, DVD . Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Roshan Seth, Sharmila Tagore, Charles S. Dutton, Joe Seneca, Ranjit (Chaudry) Chowdhry; Cameos: Mira Nair; D: Mira Nair; W: Sooni Taraporevala; M: L. Subramaniam.