Nina's Heavenly Delights

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Nina's Heavenly Delights
Movie poster
Directed by Pratibha Parmar
Produced by Pratibha Parmar
Marion Pilowsky
Chris Atkins
Written by Andrea Gibb
Story by Pratibha Parmar
Starring Shelley Conn
Laura Fraser
Music by Steve Isles
Cinematography Simon Dennis
Edited by Mary Finlay
Kali Films
Priority Pictures
Distributed by Regent Releasing
Release date
  • 29 September 2006 (2006-09-29) (United Kingdom)
  • 21 November 2007 (2007-11-21) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Nina's Heavenly Delights is a 2006 British drama Romance comedy film, directed by Pratibha Parmar. The film was released on 29 September 2006 in the United Kingdom, and on 21 November 2007 in the United States.


When young Glaswegian cook Nina Shah (Shelley Conn) returns home for her father's funeral after three estranged years in London, England, she begins a romantic relationship with Lisa (Laura Fraser), an old childhood friend who now owns half the late father's Indian restaurant, The New Taj. Together they seek to save the restaurant by winning the national "Best in the West Curry Competition" for a third time. Nina's mother Suman (Veena Sood) and brother Kary (Atta Yaqub), however, want to sell the place to fellow restaurateur Raj (Art Malik), whose chef son Sanjay (Raji James) had been left at the altar by Nina. Lending the young women moral support is Nina's flamboyant gay friend Bobbi (Ronny Jhutti), and Nina's younger sister Priya (Zoe Henretty).


Critical reception[edit]

AfterEllen said "showcasing a positive lesbian relationship while avoiding some of the typical queer film catch traps is where Nina’s Heavenly Delights succeeds....If we’re measuring ingredients by heart, this one is just right."[1]

The New York Times said, "Diluted by menu pornography and cringeworthy dance routines, ... the movie's central romance barely qualifies as such. 'It's all about chemistry,' Nina says. Too bad she and her co-star possess so little."[2]


The film's soundtrack includes the Shelly Poole's song "Lost in You" and "Maybe That's What It Takes" by Alex Parks.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Review of "Nina's Heavenly Delights" - Page 2 of 2 - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 2006-11-22. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  2. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (2007-11-30). "Movies - Review - Nina's Heavenly Delights". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-29.

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