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One Dollar Curry


Time Out says

With its seamless blend of knowing naivety and open disingenuousness, this dispensable, if amiable, mainly English-speaking comedy-drama careers through the economic, social and amorous adventures of young Sikh ‘political refugee’ Nishan (Vikram Chatwal). Newly arrived in Paris, our hero falls under the questionable influence of Haitian-Muslim Fixer (Trevor Stephens) – sample advice: ‘Be always bigger than tragedy!’– and cooks up a fake history as the seventeenth in a line of great Indian chefs. Love interest comes in the form of Gabrielle Wright’s Mauritian-Irish-French-English television interviewer, who, for her own reasons, is happy to house Nishan in relative luxury, until the arrival from India of his betrothed, a knock-out dancer. It’s a cheerful, unoriginal and predictable film; writer-director Singh doesn’t allow social realities to obscure a good set piece – the ‘song of revenge’ dance or a makeshift Hindu cremation on the banks of the Marne – nor does he ignore the convenience of accident. The cast look like they’re on happy pills, though ocassionally consternation, disappointment and bemusement are added to their range of facial responses.

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 23 September 2005
  • Duration:89 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Vijay Singh
  • Screenwriter:Vijay Singh
  • Cast:
    • Vikram Chatwal
    • Gabriella Wright
    • Smriti Mishra
    • Trevor Stephens
    • Benoit Soles
    • Lakshan Abenayake
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