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Cooking with Stella
October 18, 2010
Rated G

Director: Dilip Mehta Cast: Don McKellar, Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, Vansh Bhardwaj, Shriya Saran Run Time: 104 minutes Country: Canada
Year: 2009 Language: English, Hindi with English subtitles 

Transplanting the upstairs-downstairs comedy to New Delhi, Dilip Mehta has crafted a delightful feature debut co-scripted with his sister, acclaimed director Deepa Mehta (Water, Heaven on Earth). Featuring charming turns from Don McKellar (Where the Truth Lies, Blindness) and Lisa Ray (Water, Defendor) and a standout performance by Seema Biswas (Water), Cooking With Stella offers an enjoyable glimpse of how Canadians live in India's capital.

As head housekeeper at a diplomatic residence in New Delhi, Stella (Biswas) serves up delectable dishes to a succession of Ottawa civil servants. But while she sets a divine table, some of her other activities are less above board. Through finely orchestrated duplicity, she skims inflated bills to pad her modest salary and raids her employers' pantry for her own "duty free" business.

The arrival of Maya (Ray) and Michael (McKellar) initially disrupts Stella's routine. To her surprise, the wife is the diplomat while the husband stays home to look after their baby daughter. When Michael, a trained chef, discovers Stella's culinary talents, he asks her to teach him the secrets of authentic Indian cooking. She warily agrees, and as the two begin whipping up mouthwatering dishes together, her trepidation eventually turns to pleasure.

Meanwhile, the beautiful and virtuous Tannu (Shriya Saran) joins the household to care for the baby. Can Stella make her an ally, or will the honest young nanny expose her schemes? Determined to protect her turf, Stella plots her slyest and most ambitious ruse yet.

A rousing, crowd-pleasing film about the collision of cultures, Cooking With Stella will leave you with a smile on your face and an overwhelming desire for a fine curry.

"A light, clever and very enjoyable comedy...fleet-footed satire." – Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly

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