08 June 2019

Weekend Cooking: Maacher Jhol (Movie)

review of Maacher JholAs you know, I love a good foodie movie, especially one that has some depth. Maacher Jhol (2017; written and directed by Pratim D. Gupta) hit all my buttons.

A famous Paris chef is called back to his native India when his mother falls ill. Dev hasn't been back home for over a decade, when he left his engineering job and arranged marriage--without his father's blessing--to enter the Cordon Bleu to learn to cook.

After years of hard work, Dev (played by Ritwick Chakraborty) owns several restaurants and is a celebrity chef. His success in France, however, came at the expense of lots of unfinished business back home, which he must face upon his return.

On one level Maacher Jhol is a light family drama, but on other levels it's a commentary on Bengali culture, feminist issues, and marriage. Oh and there are some incredible scenes of Dev making several variations of fish curry.

The movie also stars Paoli Dam, Mamata Shankar, and Arjun Chakraborty. I thought the acting was believable, and I loved the street scenes in Paris and the open market in India.

One thing to know is that the movie is subtitled. You'll hear French, English, and Bengali and perhaps other Indian languages as well. I'm not always a fan of subtitles, but I had no issues with this movie. All in all I liked the food references and the empowering message.

Here's the trailer.

Maacher Jhol is currently streaming on Netflix.
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rhapsodyinbooks 6/8/19, 6:03 AM  

I also like foodie movies (and books) even though I am always inspired to eat all kinds of things in great quantities while enjoying them!

bermudaonion 6/8/19, 7:59 AM  

I don't like subtitled movies but they don't bother Carl. I bet he'd like this.

Tina 6/8/19, 8:10 AM  

Love the sound of this. Did you see Today’s Special? Lots of good Indian cuisine and nice story too. I can deal with the subtitles so I’ll get this.

Claudia 6/8/19, 10:38 AM  

I wonder if it was taken from a book? Sounds very good, for the food as well as the storyline.

Deb in Hawaii 6/8/19, 11:20 AM  

I'm definitely adding this one to my "to watch" stack. You sold me on the fish curries and the story. ;-)

Jackie McGuinness 6/8/19, 12:47 PM  

I have to find this movie!

Abigail Pearson 6/8/19, 2:38 PM  

Love a good Bollywood movie! Even better if there's food. :D

(Diane) bookchickdi 6/9/19, 3:18 PM  

Have you read Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors. It sounds like it woukd pair well with this movie.

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