Lawrence O'Toole
December 17, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

A rambunctious comedy about addiction, sex, jaded Indian deities, cultural neuroses, and airplane travel. Writer-director Srinivas Krishna plays a junkie trying to go straight while surrounded by the confusions of Indian family life. As a portrait of a little-described community stranded among North American mores, Masala, which is sassily written and generally good fun, creates a niche of its own. Yet, as a piece of filmmaking, it seems a little-if forgivably- adolescent. B-

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