Previews|April 21, 2010 11:16 pm

Get Cooking With Stella! The First Preview

There are some movies in the Bollywood, which are beyond typical filmy drama and without any highly-paid star cast. Dilip Mehta’s film Cooking With Stella is one of them; starring Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, Sriya Saran and Canadian star Don McKellar has taken the culinary theme to the next level.

“Cooking With Stella” is a peculiar, warm-hearted comedy about scheming cook, Stella (played Seema Biswas), who uses her long-term post as the personal Chef to the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi to run an elaborate grey market import business. Stella, not being a sweet auntie, she appears to be sweet auntie. She sells out duty-free supplies like Tide detergent and Big Rock ale in black market.

Her bindas lifestyle was affected when new and unconventional family of Canadian diplomats arrives in the city. In this unconventional family, wife (played by Lisa Ray) is a diplomat while husband, Michael (Don McKellar), who stays in home like a ‘house-husband’. Maya, an Indo-Canadian diplomat from Ottawa newly posted to the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi, trying to adjust her important new job in the Indian capital, while Michael (Don McKellar), an out-of-work chef, has agreed to care for their infant daughter.

After seeing Stella doing household work in between cooking for the family, Michael, who is determined to learn Indian cooking, thought he found his Guru in the hopes of learning culinary secrets. Stella gets into trouble when Maya and Michael hire Tannu (Shriya Saran), an honest young woman from the sticks, to serve as a nanny, but with her tricks, Stella slyly sets out to corrupt her and make her an accomplice.

Being a first film, Dilip has experimented well with a combination of Hollywood and Bollywood mirch-masala. Deepa is Dilip Mehta’s older sister; she was deeply involved in the film as both executive producer and co-author of the screenplay.

Finally, Cooking With Stella is belittling both to Indians and to Canadians. It may introduce us to some mouth-watering dishes, but its regressive viewpoint is hard to stomach.

Director: Dilip Mehta

Producer: David Hamilton, Deepa Mehta

Screenwriter: Dilip Mehta, Deepa Mehta

Cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens

Editor: Gareth C. Scales

Music Composer: Mychael Danna, Amritha Vaz

Cast: Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, Don McKellar