Once fully initiated in a rite of fire, the now immortal Tilo--in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman--travels through time to Oakland, California, where she opens a shop from which she administers spices as curatives to her customers. An unexpected romance with a handsome stranger eventually forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modern life. Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy and sorrow and one special woman's magical powers.
Variety reports Gurinder Chadha, who wrote "Bend It Like Beckham" with Berges, will produce the film with Deepak Nayar.
Rai can currently be seen in "Bride and Prejudice."
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