Nina left her home in Glasgow, Scotland, rather than facing her family as an open lesbian. She returns for her father's funeral and discovers that the family business, an award-winning curry restaurant, is in danger. She is determined to keep the New Taj open — and to win the "Best of the West" curry competition for the third year running. The director, Pratibha Parmar, is well-known to festival audiences for her short films, but she has a huge hit with her first narrative feature. The interplay of Indian and Glaswegian culture is sublime, and the cooking scenes will make the foodies quiver. Throw in a Bollywood genderbender and a few other colorful characters, add cumin and turmeric to taste, and feast for 94 minutes. Strongly recommended.
Nina's Heavenly Delights, dir. Pratibha Parmar, 2006 UK, 94 min.
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