A Canadian-Indian comedy that has gentle but obvious things to say about the clash of cultures
Award-winning photojournalist Dilip Mehta has dipped his toe into feature film-making, with sister Deepa alongside: they have co-written this unexceptional comedy that resembles Deepa's Canadian-Indian hybrids such as Bollywood/Hollywood rather than the heartfelt social-conscience dramas Water and Earth. This revolves around a cook (Seema Biswas) who artfully dupes her employers at the Canadian high commission in Delhi out of a few hundred rupees here and there; the arrival of a new diplomatic family, containing house-husband chef Don McKellar, is the trigger for some gently obvious cross-cultural lessons on both sides. Biswas ages up to play a standard-issue Indian granny figure – her groundbreaking portrayal of Phoolan Devi in Bandit Queen seems a very long time ago.
dupe: naciągać, nabierać, oszukiwać
resemble: przypominać (coś)
revolve around: obracać się wokół
trigger (for something): bezpośrednia przyczyna, wyzwalacz