In INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES, summer has arrived in Ruby Hill, New Jersey, a posh suburban oasis of mini-mansions,  backyard swimming pools and luxury cars, but for the first time in her life, Alia Kapur (Sophia Ali)  wonders if this is all there is to life. After a year at UCLA, she is ready to trade in the lavish  Saturday-night dinner parties and gossiping “aunties” of her community for a more authentic,  worthwhile existence — even if she doesn’t quite know what that looks like yet. 

When Alia meets Varun (Rish Shah), the son of local shopkeepers, she impulsively invites  him and his parents to her mother’s upcoming extravagant soiree. In the process, she accidentally  uncovers a pair of family secrets that will have consequences for everyone involved. Her straight laced mother Sheila (Manisha Koirala) has a shared history with Varun’s mom Bhairavi (Deepti  Gupta) that she refuses to discuss with her daughter, while her father Ranjit (Adil Hussain) is  harboring mysteries of a much more recent vintage.  

As Alia struggles to reconcile her image of her parents with these new revelations, she makes  a single bold gesture that forces Sheila and Ranjit to reexamine their lives. 

Writer and director Geeta Malik’s Nicholl Fellowship-winning screenplay India Sweets and Spices is brought to the screen in a  fresh, vibrant, often funny, always thought-provoking take on a classic coming-of-age story. India Sweets and Spices is written and directed by Geeta Malik (Troublemaker, Shameless). The  film stars Sophia Ali (“The Wilds,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Manisha Koirala (Dil Se.., Bombay), Adil  Hussain (Life of Pi, “Delhi Crime”), Deepti Gupta, Rish Shah, and Ved Sapru. Producers are Sidney  Kimmel (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Age of Adaline), John Penotti (Crazy Rich Asians, Hell or High Water),  Gigi Pritzker (Drive, Hell or High Water) and Naomi Despres (Kill the Messenger, High Crimes).  

The movie will open in cinemas on the 3rd February, 2022.

Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to give away to see the film. The movie will screen at Palace cinemas and selected Hoyts cinemas. Email with  India Sweets and Spices Promotion in the subject heading and your postal address in the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email.