Sophia Ali, Rish Shah, Manisha Koirala
College freshman Alia Kapur was born in a family of wealth, but she’s never really felt like she ‘fits in’. After visiting the local Indian market and meeting its new owner’s attractive son, Alia invites the family to her family’s fancy party. But what she doesn’t realize is she has just reconnected a relationship from the past, and her family will have to confront their past, privilege, and values for Ali to understand her own evolving identity. In this unique coming-of-age film, ‘India Sweets and Spices’ brings in a relatable, fun, and heartfelt story about a family that anyone can relate to.
What makes ‘India Sweets and Spices’ so good is the directing by Geeta Malik. Sure you could simplify the story as just a coming of age movie, but much like ‘Crazy rich Asians’, the story is so intertwined with Indian culture and rich tapestry of characters more than just our lead.
All the performances are strong, the standouts being the daughter and mother’s relationship. It’s the heart of the story and has a terrific payoff. Supporting characters all service the leads well and I felt that almost everyone had fairly well-developed backstories. The cinematography, camerawork, and tone are all on point and you will leave this movie feeling good.
Overall, ‘India Sweets and Spices’ is one of my favorite films of Tribeca this year. It’s a strong coming-of-age story with a strong family message.
Tribeca At Home
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