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on 21 March 2007
This is just such a gorgeous, rich, delightful romantic comedy. A really fabulous feel-good movie which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend highly to anyone who loves such films as 'Imagine Me and You', and 'Love Actually'. It has plenty of laugh out loud scenes, as well as more tender, moving moments, and is just a thoroughly entertaining way to spend an hour and a half! Highly Recommended.
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on 31 January 2007
Just received this movie the other day and watched it right away. Oh wow. This is such a wonderful blend of comedy, drama, lush food and lighting, and beautiful scenery, combined with a sweet love story. There's a nice blend of cultures with the Scottish & Indian cultures, and it doesn't seem forced or stereotyped. All in all, great performances from Shelly Conn (Nina) and Laura Fraser (Lisa). Recommend it highly.
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on 15 June 2007
Nina's Heavenly Delights is a colourful cockle warming and entertaining love story. The acting from the two leads, Laura Fraser and Shelly Conn gives the film a depth amidst the lightheartedness and the soundtrack and Bollywood musical dashes are just plain fun.
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on 16 September 2007
Nina's Heavenly Delights(2006)is a cracking little gem. Laura Fraser and Shelly Conn provide a superb and believable preformance. I discovered this film by accident on a movie channel, and just got totally engrosed. It is a clever mix of Bollywod Meets Scotland. The soundtrack is clever too. Lots of well known songs amid unknown tracks with a clever asian influence. I am not at all a bollywd fan. Bride and Prejudice was so bad I could only watch 20 mins before turning it off. But this film is a good mix. Its also about time that more Asian gay folk are recognised in main stream and given a voice. The character 'Bobby' is entertaining. I just enjoyed it emencely.Its light hearted with an intense love story - infact a few love storys!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 27 September 2016
In this 2006 fantasy RomCom drama, Nina Shah (Shelley Conn) returns home for her father's funeral only to discover the family are selling the restaurant to pay off his gambling debts. However, Nina wants to save the restaurant by winning the national "Best in the West Curry Competition" for a third time -a bet her father started, but things get complicated when she falls for Lisa (Laura Fraser) who also owns half of the restaurant.
The first things about this are the sharp picture and crisp sound. There’s also plenty of humour in the back of it all, [Art malik running the ‘Jewel in the Crown’] and lots of light hearted moments. The colours are vibrant and the music a quirky mix of pop and Indian. This also manages to mix ‘Bollywood’ and Britflix really well, introducing many believable and colourful characters into the mix.
The disc has no features other than basic play, scene selection and trailer. Rated PG there is little here to offend other than some mild cussing and lesbian kissing, but it cleverly avoids introducing sensationalist sex and nudity. This has a kind of ‘Strictly Ballroom’ feel but set in Scotland amongst the curry houses, but the humour is much the same, being about forbidden relationships, lots of hidden secrets and isn’t afraid of poking fun at itself. Truly entertaining and a fun ***** that’s massively underated.
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on 20 February 2008
Lovely film!

It is sweet and tender, funny, camp and just great. It has a Bollywood flavour but it is also firmly in the chick flick, rom-com mould too.

As has been said, if you liked "Imagine me and you" then you will love this too. Shelley Conn is just wonderful, I adored her in the BBC's recent "Mistresses" and she is simply gorgeous. Laura Fraser is good too and the two of them are excellent together.

The supporting cast are great. the younger sister is perfectly pitched, a funny character and Art Malik (why do I keep thinking Smeeta Smitten, Showbiz Kitten?) puts in a dignified performance.

It is a sweet fantasy, coming out is rarely as easy as this but there is one truth hidden away inside this film. Your Mum always does really know.

It is nice to see happy "girl gets girl" endings too, more positive lesbian images are just what we need.
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VINE VOICEon 11 January 2009
Fans of lesbian-themed films will be aware, firstly, that such films are generally thin on the ground, and that secondly, finding a decent effort amongst that limited number of offerings can be something of a challenge. "Nina's Heavenly Delights" is better than most lesbian flicks out there, but it still doesn't quite hit the mark. It is a sweet, likeable film but not one which genuinely moves the viewer.

Nina Shah (Shelley Conn, probably best known for her role in the BBC drama "Mistresses", which has been sold with some success around the world) comes home to Glasgow after three years in London. She has been absent from the family home since ditching her fiance Sanjay on the morning they were to be married, but returns after the apparently sudden death of her father. She finds that, owing to her father losing a badly-judged bet, half the family restaurant is now owned by her old schoolmate, Lisa (Laura Fraser) and her family. The film misses the chance for any intriguing conflict with Lisa and makes her a character entirely sympathetic to Nina and her family's problems, going along with Nina's plan to enter a curry competition her father had previously won on two occasions, in order to try to obtain the "hat trick" for the family restaurant. As they prepare for the competition, Nina and Lisa develop romantic feelings for each other.

Whilst the premise of "Nina's Heavenly Delights" is not terrible, the story and script choose to skip over any real potential for drama. The effect is a curiously uninvolving viewing experience. I can appreciate that this film is aiming for "feel-good" and does not want to portray the much-seen family conflict arising from a child coming out as gay and instead aims to depict a more accepting environment. However, the film is badly in need of real tension. Removing this from the plot point where it might be expected to arise, the issue of Nina (and Lisa's) sexuality and developing relationship, would be fine if other drama took its place. But no real tension ever materialises. It's difficult to care too much about the curry competition and whilst an attempt is made to give every member of Nina's family a secret and then reveal them in turn, it never really feels like very much is at stake for the characters.

Laura Fraser tries to create chemistry with Shelley Conn and on occasion manages it, but Conn looks somewhat uncomfortable. That might be less with being asked to play lesbian than to play Glaswegian, as her accent wobbles all over the place at times - and she's not the only one. Art Malik and Ronny Jhutti, as father-and-son restauranteurs (there is a joke for viewers familiar with Malik's work in that the family curry house is called "The Jewel in the Crown") who also happen to be would-be suitors of two generations of Shah women, also have decidedly changeable accents.

The addition of Nina's drag artist friend, Bobbi, is diverting and ups the camp quota somewhat but uses up time that could have been far better spent fleshing out Nina or Lisa's characters, or their romance.

Overall, this is a film that I want to like, but which gives me as a viewer little to invest in or to care about. Nina must in some ways be an interesting person to have ditched her family and bolted for all those years, but we see little evidence here. There are hints that Lisa may well have harboured a crush on Nina for some time, but this isn't pursued, either. It's enjoyable to see a happy lesbian romance being central to a film, and the overall positivity of this film means that it does succeed in being watchable and reasonably likeable. But "Nina's Heavenly Delights", in trying to show the lighter side of life, ultimately succeeds in showing little of substance. Perhaps it is ironic that a film with so many curry references is badly in need of more spice.
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on 15 June 2007
To say the truth, I expected more. It intrigued me the unique combination of spices, cooking, scottish and indian culture all lived through lesbian love with all it pros and cons.

What I think is missing in this film is the depth of emotions, of circumstances, of characters. It gave me the impression that everything was simply skimmed through when it could have been given much more intensity to it all.

It could have been a great film...worth seeing however at least for the beautiful array of spices, colours and food.

Do not expect any hot scenes, the only sizzling things available are found in the pans and dishes.
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on 13 October 2015
I really enjoyed this film, however, I would say that it is not a top-drawer film when compared with the best of British romantic comedies, just a nice little cozy film with the novelty (to film) of being set amongst the Asian community in Glasgow. It concerns the return of an estranged daughter, Nina, after her fathers' death and her determination to save his Indian Restaurant and the journey she takes getting there. On returning she finds that her mother and father want to sell the restaurant to fathers' slimy arch rival whose son Nina had left at the altar. During the course of the film Nina falls in love with her old school friend who happens to be another young lady, receives help from her younger sister and gay Asian male friend Bobbi and enters a televised curry competition on which the future of her restaurant depends.

It is a nicely scripted and well acted warm feel-good movie with a few unusual twists and quirks which lift to a four star job for me - a nice film for when you feel you need a bit of a lift !
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on 27 January 2008
This cooking extravaganza with a lesbian twist has all the ingredients of a good film and the two leading ladies, Shelley Conn as Nina and Laura Fraser as Lisa, are delicious together. Very enjoyable.
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