Basmati Blues Movie Review

  • Release Date    : 06/04/2018
  • Genre        : Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Cast        : Brie Larson, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Scott Bakula, Donald Sutherland
  • Director    : Dan Baron
  • Duration    : 1 hour 46 minutes
  • Language    : English

When the trailer of ‘Basmati Blues’ was released, there was a lot of hue and cry about how the movie suffered from the white saviour complex and that on some level it was racially insensitive. The basic concept of the film, that American seed companies have been waging an overt and covert war to get their GMO seeds into Indian farmlands is not fiction; is true. The movie stars Brie Larson of the movie Room, who won an Academy Award for best actress.

The story is about Linda Watt (Larson), a brilliant young scientist who is sent to India by her boss, Mogil Corporation’s CEO, Gurgon (Donald Sutherland), to sell ‘Rice 9’, a genetically-modified rice she’s created with her father (Scott Bakula) to help Indian farmers. When she arrives in India, she finds two young men William Patel (Saahil Sehgal) and (Utkarsh Ambudkar). When William discovers that farmers who sign the contract with Mogil for Rice 9 will eventually lose their farms, Gurgon makes him a lucrative offer to cover it up.

There are funny moments in the film, between Rajit (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and Linda. Lakshmi Manchu as Rajit’s sister and Bugs Bhargava Krishna as his father have small yet fun roles to play. Donald Sutherland as the baddie is a joy to watch and he brings a sort of Dr. Evil like comic intensity to his role as the CEO of the evil seed company. Better as a political comedy, this Basmati dish will leave you longing for something a tad spicy.