Curry Munchers: Movie Review
Cast: Anand Naidu, Alison Titulaer, Ajay
Vasisht, Leela Patel, Ben Mitchell, Rajeev Varma, Tarun Mohanbhai
Director: Cristobal Araus Lobos
A New Zealand film about love, hope and some curry is how those
behind Curry Munchers are advertising it.
Naidu (who wrote) stars as Sid, who's forced (along with his sister and mother)
to follow his father to Auckland and ditch his life in Delhi.
But when Sid gets there, he finds the house they're living in is a
disappointment - and life's not what he'd expected for the promised new country.
Sid ends up working at Sargeet, the local curry
house - where he forms a friendship with maitre d' Mary (Titulaer) and the
kitchen workers (Varma and Mohanbhai). Sid doesn't want his parents to know
about the job - and he's not the only one hiding a secret. Sid's dad isn't
actually working as an accountant - he's a forecourt attendant.
The problem is all of these secrets threaten to come to light when Sargeet
enters into Cook Off New Zealand and suddenly Sid finds his loyalties torn in many
Curry Munchers has an admirable heart and a nice idea about how migration
actually affects those involved.
But the execution is fudged and the end result is bitterly disappointing and
slightly amateur in places. Every twist is signposted early on and plays out as
predictably as you'd expect. This is also the kind of script where people get
hit by a door opening and end up knocked out - the, at times, over the top
antics mean that the script heads more to the puerile and silly which would
alienate a certain section of the audience.
It's a shame because Anand Naidu actually offers up an engagaing and affable
performance as Sid - and the story is earnest in places but it can't quite
decide whether to break away from its Indian roots and occasional silliness and
because of that, it's likely to not find the wide audience it craves.