To start off the long weekend (with a bang!), I ended up watching The Hundred-Foot Journey, which was released in August 2014. The movie is directed by Lasse Halstrom, adapted from Richard C. Morais' 2010 novel The Hundred-Foot Journey. The movie stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon, and tells the story of an Indian family who go to France and open up an Indian restaurant.
The movie was really good- the perfect fusion of French and Indian culture. With music composed by the classic- A.R. Rahman, there was a distinct Indian flavour added to the film. Overall, I felt the movie was very well directed, with extremely smooth transitions and an exciting plot. I confess, this is one of the few movies I've watched where I haven't read the book prior to the movie (I know, I'm so ashamed #bookworm). But anyway, on the very same night, I started and finished reading the novel by Richard C. Morais.
The novel, if possible, was even better than the movie. Amid vivid imagery and description lies a story with has a little tinge of everything- romance, drama, comedy, and the warm atmosphere of family and home.
I'd recommend the book and movie to anyone with a hunger (see what I did there) for an eclectic, heartwarming tale of family, cultural identity, and finding one's life purpose.