'One Dollar Curry' comes to India

12/17/2004 12:00:00 AM
"One Dollar Curry" is a film made by an Indian who lives in Paris, with a lead actor who is an expatriate and two actresses - one Indian and another British Irish, who traces her roots to Pondicherry. 

Truly an international Indian film this, which was made through French financing, and has now come to India.

"This is a major film about the Indian diaspora experience," said Vijay Singh, who studied at Delhi's St. Stephens College and Jawaharlal Nehru University and then worked as a journalist in France.

Singh, whose earlier film "Jaya Ganga" that was a major hit in France and Britain, is in India with two of his lead actors to promote "One Dollar Curry".

The film is about an Indian immigrant in Paris who opens a kitchen on wheels called One Dollar Curry. Nishan, played by restaurateur-turned-actor Vikram Chatwal, does not know how to cook but uses his wild imagination to serve dollops of fun and laughter.

"I really related to the character," said Chatwal. "I identified with the insecurities of immigrants, 'Am I from the East or West?' and that's why the role was easy for me."

Add to that Gabriella Wright, who holds a British and French passport, and traces her roots to Pondicherry: "This was a fantastic film on life and values and insecurities. I was very happy to be part of it."