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Alia Kapur returns to her family's posh suburban New Jersey home after a year away at college and upends their well-ordered life with her newfound independence. Befriending Varun, the handsome son of the new owners of the local Indian grocery, she invites his family to a weekly dinner gathering with her parents' wealthy friends. She is shocked to learn that her perfectionist mother Sheila has a previous connection to Varun's mother Bhairavi. Alia's surprise turns to indignation when she uncovers secrets about both her parents that push her toward a daring and transformative confrontation. India Sweets and Spices celebrates a young woman's coming of age set against a lovingly framed glimpse of the life of an Indian American family.


  • Sophia Ali
  • Manisha Koirala
  • Adil Hussain
  • Rish Shah
  • Deepti Gupta
  • Ved Sapru
  • Anita Kalathara
  • Ashley Nicole Blake
  • Ashritha Kancharla
  • Kiah Alexandria Clingman

Atom User Reviews

1.3 out of 5


Nov 29, 2022

The impossibility of ever really knowing our parents is a familiar storyline, but it’s told here with real generosity and warmth. Malik slyly pokes fun, but never meanly. This is satire with the thermostat turned up to 22 degrees.

Metacritic review by Cath Clarke
Cath Clarke
The Guardian
Nov 18, 2021

Warmth and intelligence — and a strong sense of both fun and feminism — make Malik’s film worth a watch, and rising star Ali is worth keeping an eye on as well.

Metacritic review by Kimber Myers
Kimber Myers
Los Angeles Times
Jun 26, 2021

India Sweets and Spices has a lot of overall great ideas and themes, even if it doesn’t always rise up to the potential of its setup and story.

Mae Abdulbaki
Screen Rant