The Film: Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year – India
Films with a message have to work very hard to keep from drowning in a saccharine mess and often end up sacrificing themes and the more intricate moments of character development to provide a higher level of entertainment but Rocket Singh provides layers of character and the intelligent production presents a bright world to explore.
It’s often more interesting to see a character struggle with what they believe than to see them begin one way and change by the end of a film. In a very satisfying mix, Rocket Singh gives you a little of both and so much more.
Just out of college, Harpreet Singh Bedi goes optimistically into the job world. When he finally lands a sales job he finds honesty is not their policy and a series of events leads him to start is own company… from within the company.
Maybe it’s the use of colors and textures but there is a richness in Shimit Amin‘s directing that reminds me of Wes Anderson. Maybe it’s the characters, all working outside of a normal system, family and friends with quirks and interests that develop deeper relationships through time. The Anderson vibe may be because it feels like these characters actually belong, and even enjoy being in the same world. The pacing isn’t there and the hyper-realized world of the beginning dissolves after intermission into something more realistic — so I may be alone in this comparison.
Rocket Singh is smart too. The one client who speaks the strongest about expecting honesty comes back later in a great scene which is given just the right weight. This is intelligent filmmaking that doesn’t sacrifice real emotion or play with melodramatics. Writer Jaideep Sahni and director Shimit Amin are an excellent team.
It would have been nice to see the concept of the film come a little earlier, the subtitles are not completely correct and at times they flip through too quickly — but the female cast is excellent, the music is fun, and the filmmaking is progressive while its themes reflect a modern perspective on old world values.
The Food: Coconut Curry Popcorn
I first made this for a popcorn buffet I had on Halloween. It mixes amazingly well with peanut butter M & M’s, I must say. Which would make it a delicious part of a snack mix like the Bombay Chex Mix I made last year. Consider adding toasted coconut or roasted coconut chips, raisins, baked chickpeas, even banana chips!
Everyone likes different ratios of butter to popcorn but this is what works for me, you may make more or less depending on your taste.
For every 2 cups of popped popcorn:
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon coconut milk powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
Melt the butter, curry powder, and 1 teaspoon of coconut milk powder together and sugar if you’re using it.
Pour over the popcorn little by little and stir to really mix the flavor around. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of coconut powder directly to the popcorn and mix again.
There are many more spices you can add but I like the simple taste here. Even without the sugar it has a sweetness from the butter and coconut milk that makes it perfect for mixing with other sweet treats.