This eagerly awaited Ash starrer directed by Paul Meyeda Bergeshas a unique premise indeed, and one can visualize the promise that the storyline offers its ethereally beautiful and expressive lead actor. 'The Mistress of Spices' is an enchanting and sensual fable about the romantic and personal conflicts that face Tilo, a beautiful young woman, trained in the ancient and magical art of spices. Ordained with special powers to help those that come to her, Tilo can sense people's problems with a startling ability to look into their past and future!
Tilo works in a small San Francisco store called the 'SPICE BAZAAR', where, with the guidance of her spices, she finds the perfect remedy for anyone who walks through her door. For her powers to work she must obey three simple but strict rules she must only use the spices to help others, she must not touch another human's skin and she must never leave her store. When Doug, a handsome, enigmatic architect crashes his Harley Davison outside her San Francisco store, she has to tend to his wounds, and her life is changed forever.
For the first time Tilo's own desires are stirred is there more to life than helping others? Tilo knows the rules and her spices warn her to stay away. But Doug doesn't have any spices telling him what to do and soon returns with flowers to ask her on a date.
No matter how hard she resists him, his persistence, honesty and friendship draws them closer and closer to each other. When they accidentally touch, another rule is broken and the spices are enraged. The spices are in no mood for either leniency or romance but Tilo is captivated by the force of love and agrees to go on a date leaving her spices behind.
The spices begin to punish her the more she falls in love and defies the rules, the more her customers suffer. All Tilo wants to do is carry on her work helping others and fall in love as well, but she is forced into a painful dilemma. If she turns her back on her way of life, all the people that she has helped will suffer, but if she doesn't, she will lose Doug forever!
Tilo must now confront her past, her friends, her desires and ultimately the spices to decide if she can fight for a new life of her choosing or must return to the old one. So here's looking forward to Paul Meyeda Berges' eagerly awaited next film, which the following characters being played by a cast that's a mix of excellent Indian and international actors. Character Tilo Played by Aishwarya Rai, Doug by Dylan Mc Dermott, Haroun by Nitin Ganatra, Geeta's Grandfather by Anupam Kher, Jagjit by Sonny Gill Dulay, Doug's Mother by Nina Young, Young Doug by Toby Marlow, Myisha by Caroline Chikezie, Geeta by Padma Lakshmi, First Mother by Zohra Segal, Kwesi by Adewale Akinnuoye - Agbaje, Satish Played by Paul Bhattacharjee, Hameeda Played by Ayesha Dharker, Bougainvillea Girl by Rebecca Bowden, Geeta's Mother by Harvey Virdi, Doug's Ex-Girlfriend by Cosima Shaw, Jagjit's Mother by Shaheen Khan, Doctor by Anthony Zaki, Young Tilo by Bansree Madhani.