Helen Mirren in 'The Hundred Foot Journey'.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is the latest food-centric blockbuster – do not watch on an empty stomach.
Throw in a smattering of A-list actors, a dash of seductive, visual food porn, and a sprinkling of bucolic scenery and you get the recipe for cinematic success, an increasingly popular Hollywood trend whose latest culinary film stars Helen Mirren – and a lot of amazing Indian food.
Released this week in the US and rolling out internationally soon, The Hundred-Foot Journey is backed by some of Hollywood’s most powerful stars, including producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. It is directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
Based on Richard Morais’ book of the same name, the story throws two incongruous worlds together in a collision set in the fictional, rural town of Lumiere (which means light in French): A loud and boisterous Indian family against an uppity French restaurateur.
When the Indian family has the audacity to open an inexpensive Indian restaurant across the street from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred French restaurant, the town becomes engaged in culinary warfare.
For her role, Mirren tinges her English with a French accent. And in a little not-so-subtle nod to Mirren’s Oscar-winning performance in The Queen patriarch "Papa", played by Om Puri, issues a missive at the woman as she stands by her upstairs window shouting: “Always up there like a queen or something.”
The movie also stars Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah, Farzana Dua Elahe and Dillon Mitra.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is the latest food-centric film to hit the silver screen. Bradley Cooper is currently filming a chef movie that takes place in London, along with a star-studded cast that includes Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson.
Movie studio The Weinstein Co was forced to change its name, originally announced as Chef, to avoid conflict with the recently released Jon Favreau film of the same name. The official title has yet to be released.
Mirren joins Meryl Streep in taking on a strong, female culinary role. In 2009, Streep incarnated iconic American food celebrity Julia Child in the Nora Ephron film Julie And Julia for which she won an Oscar. — AFP Relaxnews