After collaborating with wife Gurinder Chadha on Bend It Like Bechham and Bride And Prejudice, screenwriter Paul Mayeda Berges makes his directorial debut with The Mistress of Spices. Starring Aishwarya Rai and Dylan McDermott and armed with a premise that has potential to appeal to the East and West audiences both, The Mistress of Spices should've been a riveting experience.
But The Mistress of Spices falters, and falters terribly at that. Plenty of reasons...
* Adapted by Berges and Chadha from the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the execution of the subject is a complete downer.
* What makes matters worse is the slow pacing of the film. The story unfolds at a lethargic pace, with boredom seeping in after an interesting start.
* Also, the chemistry between the lead pair -- Dylan and Aishwarya -- which should've been the highpoint of the enterprise, is frosty.