Nina's Heavenly Delights (PG)




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Time Out says

Tue Sep 26 2006

For a film set against the backdrop of Scotland’s premier curry restaurants, ‘Nina’s Heavenly Delights’ is disappointingly tepid and flavourless fare. Pratibha Parmar’s debut revolves around Nina (Shelley Conn), a young woman of Pakistani origin who returns home to Glasgow to run her family’s curry house following the death of her father. Entering an annual cook-off between the city’s top Indian and Pakistani restaurants, she falls for her business partner and old school chum Laura (Laura Fraser). What follows is achingly predictable romcom stuff. Parmar’s repeated comparisons between love and cooking (‘follow your heart’, Nina’s father’s recipe book tells her; advice you never hear from Gordon Ramsay) only bring to mind better foodie romcoms like ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’. Indeed, it’s hard to get excited about the movie’s celebration of sensual pleasures when it’s directed with all the flair of an episode of ‘Hollyoaks’. Still, Shelley Conn is appealing as Nina, and top marks to the food stylist for serving up some dishy-looking meals. One to avoid if you’re hungry.


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Fri Sep 29, 2006

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Jane Sailor

I gave this film one star just because the food looked delicious, but as far as the story? I kept asking myself: "who cares?" It lacked conflict and had a slightly convoluted plot and the addition of a 'gay best friend' (uncomfortably played by Ronny Jhutti), in a film made by an openly gay director was a bit disappointing. If we can't come further as a community ourselves then we can't expect mainstream media to draw us in. A somewhat disappointing offering, but not offensive, and it did have some very beautiful visuals. Wait for the DVD, though.