I saw this movie during one of the Europe on Screen movie festivals in Jakarta. According to its wikipedia article, the word tandoori is the adjective meaning “pertaining to the tandoor” and is used to describe a dish cooked in a tandoor. A tandoor is a cylindrical clay oven used in cooking and baking. The tandoor is used for cooking in Azerbaijan, India, Turkey, Iran, Armenia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, the Balkans, the Middle East, Central Asia as well as Burma and Bangladesh. For Indian food lovers, it should be a familiar word. However, this is not an Indian movie.
It is a movie from Switzerland.
First of all, here is the synopsis of the movie as well as its trailer from YouTube:
Rajah was a cook for a famous Bollywood actress who was shooting a movie in Switzerland. One day, he went to get the groceries and met a beautiful Swiss girl named Sonja, a waitress who was about to marry Markus. Markus had a restaurant that happened to look for a new cook. When Rajah took the job in that restaurant, he impressed both its customers and owner with his wonderful cooking. Later on, Rajah and Sonja were caught in a multiple love triangles.
The movie started with some amazing scenes of meals being prepared for a special celebration at Markus’ restaurant. I will never forget the mouth watering motion pictures of melting cheese, fresh berries, onions and all the other yummy Swiss food. They ended up making me feel like joining a cooking class as soon as I possibly could. I think those first scenes successfully helped the director sucking us into a story that, in my honest opinion, would turn every skeptic into a believer. A believer of what?
A believer of life and all its different possibilities.
Imagine a pair of pretty traditional Swiss couple met a pair (yes, Rajah had his own admirer as well) of Indian couple. So those two couples were as different as the sun and the moon. Moreover, this movie was said to be the first European Bollywood-movie so of course there were some Indian dances in it. They were mixed with traditional Swiss cultures that supported the entire story quite well. Some parts of the stories did try too hard but were nonetheless acceptable thanks to the movie’s artistic directing and editing.
In the end, which one did Sonja choose? Markus or Rajah?
If you were her, what would you do?