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One Dollar Curry Review

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Fleeing India a young sikh chooses cooking as his immigrant redemption plan

★★★★★

Following the success of his exquisite debut, Jaya Ganga, writer-director Vijay Singh returns with this genial tale of immigrant ingenuity and inter-racial idealism. Driven from India by the bigoted father of his Hindu fiancée, Sikh Vikram Chatwal arrives in France penniless and teams up with Haitian fixer Trevor Stephens who forges him a reputation as a celebrated chef in the hope that wannabe TV documentarist Gabriella Wright can make him rich and famous. However, just as Chatwal's scheme is close to paydirt, Smriti Mishra arrives in Paris seeking to rekindle their romance. Infinitely more subtle than the spate of recent British diaspora pictures, this likably low-key charmer effortlessly combines European and Bollywood influences without lapsing into cliché or caricature. Well played and consistently amusing, this is small-scale, but very sweet.

Entertaining and deeply likeable telling of an original diaspora tale