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The Mistress of Spices - Aishwarya Rai, Dylan McDermott, Ayesha Dharker, Paul Mayeda Burges

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Movie propaganda

One spice for passion. And one woman who knows its name.

Tilo (Aishwarya Rai) is an outsider from India who has to come to terms with her new country, America. But as a Mistress of Spices there are certain rules she must follow. Tilo runs a spice store in San Francisco and has a magical gift of seeing into her customers' lives and desires. She gives them different spices to help them get what they want. In order for the magic to work, Tilo must obey the rules set out for a mistress - never leave the store, never touch another human, and love only the spices.

When Doug (Dylan McDermott) - a handsome, enigmatic American with a secret past - enters her store, Tilo's own desires are stirred for the first time. She begins to feel passion for the American and as she becomes closer to Doug, the spices she has given her other customers begin to misbehave. The more Tilo falls in love and begins to defy the rules, the worse the lives of her customers become. Tilo must decide. Will she choose forbidden love for an American over devotion to her spices and her traditions?

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film India romance spice San Francisco shop magic fantasy

Persons of interest

  • Aishwarya Rai .... Tilo
  • Dylan McDermott .... Doug
  • Ayesha Dharker .... Hameeda
  • Nitin Chandra Ganatra .... Haroun
  • Sonny Gill Dulay .... Jagjit
  • Anupam Kher .... Geeta's Grandfather
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje .... Kwesi
  • Toby Marlow .... Young Doug
  • Caroline Chikezie .... Myisha
  • Padma Lakshmi .... Geeta
  • Paul Bhattacharjee .... Ramu
  • Harvey Virdi .... Geeta's Mother
  • Anthony Zaki .... Doctor
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni .... Author
  • Gurinder Chadha .... Screenwriter
  • Paul Mayeda Berges .... Screenwriter
  • Paul Mayeda Berges .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The India, romance movie The Mistress of Spices is directed by Paul Mayeda Burges and stars Aishwarya Rai, Dylan McDermott, Ayesha Dharker.

Government security censorship classification

M (Moderate violence)

Surveillance time

92 minutes (1:32 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2006

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