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Story

The first film adapted from a novel by Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul, The Mystic Masseur follows the rise and decline of an ambitious young man in the expatriate Hindu community in Trinidad. After his father dies, Ganesh (Aasif Mandvi), an aspiring writer, goes to his father's village and takes over his massage business. Though his writing efforts nearly break up his marriage with Leela (Ayesha Dharker, The Terrorist), the publication of his first book brings them back together--but opens up all kinds of other troubles. With the help of a little showmanship, Ganesh builds a reputation as a healer and a wise man; but when his reputation leads him to get into politics, he loses his path. Despite strong performances, the movie's leisurely pace undercuts an already unfocused storyline. Also featuring Om Puri (East Is East, My Son the Fanatic). --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Om PuriRamlogan
Aasif MandviGanesh Ramseyor
Ayesha DharkerLeela G. Ramseyor
Jimi MistryPratap Cooper
Sanjeev BhaskarBeharry
Sakina JaffreySuruj Mooma
Rez KemptonBasdeo
James FoxMr. Stewart

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Ismail Merchant
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 117 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 25, 2003
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