Chutney Popcorn

Written and Directed by Nisha Ganatra

Berlin international film festival

Audience Award

Newport Film Festival

Audience Award

San Francisco Frameline film Festival

Audience Award

Paris International Film Festival

Best Feature Film

Madrid International Film Festival

Best Feature Film


Audience Award
Chutney Popcorn is a humorous look at the meaning of family and friends from a different perspective.

When Sarita discovers she can’t have children, Reena finds that for the first time in their lives, she, Reena, can do something her perfect sister Sarita can’t: get pregnant! Obsessed with helping her sister and winning her mom’s approval to go ahead with her plan, Reena decides she’ll have the baby and then give it to her sister and brother-in-law. Now she just needs to convince her commitment-phobic girlfriend to go along with the idea.

With Indian traditions on the one hand and ‘90s New York City values on the other, Chutney Popcorn is a provocative new comedy that shows you can find family somewhere between the two.
Every bit as acute as Monsoon Wedding, but more subtle in its blend of cultural satire and social comment, Nisha Ganatra’s cinema directorial debut provides a wry analysis of the way in which family ties tend to bind individuality…
“Hollywood could learn a thing or two from Chutney Popcorn.
New York Times
One of the delights of Carnival and Ganatra’s script is the consistency with which it manages to surprise
A film we can all relate to. A great debut feature.
A film we can all relate to. A great debut feature.
a delightful and heartfelt comedy
Now UK
SK’s “Films Worth Seeing” — “The film’s chief triumph is its tone…
Stanley Kaufmann, The New Republic
Chutney Popcorn is sweet and salty
Jay Carr, Boston Globe
Snap, Crackle, and Pop
Catherine Tunnacliffe, Toronto Eye
The story … carries off the tricky feat of being wisecracking one minute and serious the next while staying true to its characters and sustaining a jovial easygoing tone
Stephen Holden, New York Times
Cleverly written…
Eddie Cockrell, Berlin Film Festival 2000 Review
An Eclectic Comedy of Our Times
Stel Fine,
Audiences eat up Chutney Popcorn…
A sweet and inventive comedy
The Boston Pheonix
The production values and cinematography are outstanding…in the Berlin Film Festival, ‘Chutney Popcorn’ won second place in the Panorama Audience Award and it’s easy to see why.
…delivering a story richly detailed in the traditions…
Loren King, PlanetOut PopcornQ
Rare treat...
John Black, DigitalCity
A breezy, engaging comedy…
The Hollywood
Tickets worth paying the scalper for
A Spicy Debut by Kavita Chandran
…colorful comedy
TV guide Review by Ken Fox
The movie was great! It was a humorous and realistic look…
Aparita Bhandari
Fine performances and a hearty dose of smart-mouthed wise-cracking
LA Weekly
(the kind of) energy and creativity that mark the best Indie Features
Filmmaker 25 New Faces
A genuinely heartfelt film
Indie Wire
The BEST Independent Feature Film I’ve seen all year.
Mary Glucksman, First Look Film Series

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