WEDNESDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2010
Theater 1 | Feature Film – COOKING WITH STELLA
DIRECTOR : Dilip Mehta
LANGUAGE : English
CANADA | 104 Minutes
At first glance, Stella, who has cooked for Canadian High Commission families for thirty years, is a religious Catholic and devoted servant in New Delhi. Everyone loves her, not knowing she has a thriving side-line business selling food, silver, jewelry and anything else she can steal from the household. She’s devious, making it appear that other employees are responsible for the thefts.
When a new family arrives with their baby, Stella assumes that the husband Michael is a diplomat. Instead, Maya, his half-Indian/half-Polish/Canadian wife is the Consul. Michael, a chef in Ottawa, looks for a diversion from being a house-husband and implores Stella to be his “cooking guru.” After initially refusing, she relents. An honest nanny enters the household and a series of adventures ensue. A plot is uncovered and in culinary terms, Stella gets her just “desserts.”