AppsScraps Movie Reviews

Aug 12, 2012

Cooking with Stella

Release date: 16 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)

A clash of east meets west ensues when a foreign service diplomat (Lisa Ray) and her chef husband Michael (Don McKeller) are transferred to the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi. In their new home they meet Stella, their cook, who over 30 years of service has learned how to pad her salary with some pilfering here and there. Michael is keen to learn all he can about Indian cooking and works to gain Stella's trust and the two start sharing recipes. When Michael and his wife hire Tannu (Indian star Shriya) to care for their baby, a new dynamic enters the house. Tannu is very honest and looks down on Stella's thievery. Cooking with Stella, while an uneven film, gives us a good story of how people acclimatize to a new culture and in doing so find the ability to change their views. 

Directed by Dilip Metha with comedy amid its seriousness, it is a foodie's film worth seeing. My rating 6 out of 10.


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