The Mistress of Spices
(2005) is a film by Paul Mayeda Berges
, with a screenplay by Gurinder Chadha
and Berges. It is based upon the novel The Mistress of Spices
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
. The film stars Aishwarya Rai
. The soundtrack was created by Craig Pruess
, who also contributed to the Bend It Like Beckham
Tilo (Aishwarya Rai
), an immigrant from India, is a shopkeeper, clairvoyant, and a mistress of spices. The spices she gives to her customers help them to satisfy their needs and desires, such as "sandalwood to dispel painful memories; black cumin seed to protect against evil eye."
As a young girl, Tilo was initiated as one of several young Mistresses of Spices by a First Mother (Zohra Sehgal
) who warns the girls about rules they must follow, or face consequences. They are instructed never to leave their respective stores all around the world, touch the skin of the people they meet or use the spices to their own ends.
Tilo ends up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a store called "Spice Bazaar". Tilo's customers include Haroun, a cab driver (Nitin Ganatra
), a grandfather (Anupam Kher
) dealing with an American-born granddaughter Geeta (Padma Lakshmi
), Kwesi, a man trying to impress his girlfriend (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
) and Jagjit, a teenager trying to fit in at school (Sonny Gill Dulay).
Her life takes a turn one day, when a man on a motorcycle (Dylan McDermott
) crashes outside her store. Tilo tends to his injuries,... Read More