The Mystic Masseur
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|The Mystic Masseur|
|Directed by||Ismail Merchant|
|Produced by||Nayeem Hafizka, Richard Hawley|
|Written by||Caryl Phillips (based on the novel by V. S. Naipaul)|
The Mystic Masseur is a 2001 Merchant Ivory film based on the novel of the same title by V. S. Naipaul. It is one of relatively few films directed by Ismail Merchant who is better known as the producer in the Merchant Ivory partnership and addresses issues of Hindu subculture on the island of Trinidad.
The movie was the first film adaptation of a novel by Naipaul. It was filmed in Trinidad and was released in 2001, to lukewarm response. The screenplay is by Caryl Phillips. The film features performances by Om Puri and Aasif Mandvi, and original music by Zakir Hussain.
The semi-mystical novel by V. S. Naipaul moves between farce and acerbic social commentary on Trinidad, the country of his birth. The characters are mainly members of Trinidad's South Asian subculture and community. The protagonist is a frustrated writer of Indian descent (Ganesh Ramsumair) who rises from poverty on the back of his dubious talent as a 'mystic' masseur - a masseur (Pundit Ganesh) who can cure illnesses. In the end he becomes a successful colonial politician (G. Ramsay Muir).
- Om Puri as Ramlogan
- Aasif Mandvi as Ganesh Ramseyor
- Ayesha Dharker as Leela G. Ramseyor
- Jimi Mistry as Pratap Cooper
- Sanjeev Bhaskar as Beharry
- Zohra Sehgal as Auntie
- Sakina Jaffrey as Suruj Mooma
- Rez Kempton as Basdeo
- Pip Torrens as Governor
- Albert Laveau as Headmaster
- Grace Maharaj as Mrs. Cooper
- James Fox as Mr. Stewart
- Rajendra D. as Mrs. Cooper's Assistant and Man carrying cup of juice.
- Michael Cherrie as Man in yellow suit
- Maureen Thompson as Woman in rainbow dress
- Dinesh Maharaj -a Taxi driver
- Danesh Khan as Young Pratap Cooper
- The Mystic Masseur at the Internet Movie Database
- Review by Slant Magazine
- Merchant Ivory Production Listing
- Review by BBC
- Roger Ebert's review
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