An aromatic infusion of Anglo-Indian tradition and universal family values, Gupta's Jadoo is a tasty treat. Built around stories from the director's own youth, it creates an entirely relatable predicament and injects its story with well observed moments of culture and wit. At its centre are a series of fine performances with both Patel and Ghir clearly revelling in their entertaining characters and the tale's comic potential, but this never serves to undermine its more genuine side.
There are a few minor snags along the way, wherein the film doesn't quite make the most of its rich potential. One sequence, in which the locals celebrate the Hindu Holi Festival of Colours, certainly feels as though it could have been more expansive. That is to take little away, though, from a delightfully enjoyable comedy. Littered throughout all of this are dishes to die for. Treading the fine line between appearing both incredible and real, Jadoo may well have audiences salivating.
This review was originally published on 13 Feburary, 2013 as part of our Berlinale coverage.