What makes a good auntie? What makes a feminist in a deeply patriarchal society? Actress Deepti Gupta answers all that and more in this new interview from the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival with her new film INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES.
👉Tribeca Film Fest (until June 23rd): https://tribecafilm.com/films/india-sweets-and-spices-2021
Starring: Sophia Ali, Rish Shah, Manisha Koirala, Deepti Gupta
Deepti Gupta @ IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1896478/
From Spring 2020’s Never Have I Ever (Netflix), to Fall 2020′ s THE MISEDUCATION OF BINDU, to this year’s INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES, the young Indian American woman’s coming of age narrative has undeniably brought in a wave of varying perspectives to the forefront; some sad, some funny, most of them intricately informative, and all of which are incredibly moving.
INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES is a film about a young college student’s (played by Sophia Ali’s Alia) homecoming to – not only her hometown but her parents’ past – especially her mother’s. A number of family revelations (and more!) are soon unearthed, hilarity ensues, and despite the drama, it’s still very much a heartwarming coming of age comedy.
The film tackles some difficult subjects that are culturally related (ex: feminism – tied with activism and its consequences – in a deeply patriarchal society) in an informative and empowering way; so much so that you’d wish the (feminist) aunties had a movie or show of their own.
However, while it works well as a film, some plot points do feel a bit rushed and it would have been really cool to stream this as a mini series. With that in mind, the characters do grow on you and you can’t help but ponder in anticipation of what’s next for them. / INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES is now streaming on the Tribeca Film Festival website until June 23rd (https://tribecafilm.com/films/india-sweets-and-spices-2021).