Basmati Blues

Synopsis: A brilliant scientist is plucked out of the company lab and sent to India to sell the genetically modified rice she created - which she doesn't realize will destroy the farmers she thinks she's helping.
Director(s): Dan Baron
Production: Shout! Factory
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min


[steam hissing]


[woman vocalizing]


There's another sun S


There's another moon a'


In this cloud of dust a'

When you stare

Into the stars r


Where on earth you are I

Remember don't give up a'

Rise a'

And breathe a'

Again a'

Close your eyes

And take a step a'

You will find

What happens next a'

Will set you on your way a'

All you need

Is in your heart a'

It will guide you

In the dark r

To the crossroads of the day I'

[woman vocalizes]

Rise a'

And breathe a'

Again a'

[song plays on radio]

A' When you see

The road behind you a'


It will remind you a'

There's a time

For letting go a'

[computer beeping]

Morning, Dad.

Oh, hi, honey.

I got a surprise.

Oh, I don't like surprises.

In honor of launching Rice Nine

in India,

Mogil is doubling our staff

and our research budget.

That's a good face.

I have so many ideas, Dad.

Your mother would be very proud.

Well, uh, time to go.

I'll see you at the lab.

[laughs] Bye.


We're gonna do it, Mom.



-[siren in distance]

-[horn honks]



[siren continues]

[horn honks]

[musical clinking]


It's got to be the start

Of something epic r

Kicking off

A picture perfect day a'

Positively first rate

Copacetic a'


Stylin' in my lab coat

Like it's Prada r

Not a lot of time

For pumps and pearls a'

Doing what a science hero's

Gotta do r

To try and save the world r

She has some doubts

If she can rise I'

To the occasion of success a'

But all signs point to a'

Yes, yes, yes I

I know there's no guarantee 4'

For worldwide happiness a'

But all signs point to yes a'

It seems naive

But I really do believe a'

There's hope for change 4'

To say it's all

A waste of time a'

So maybe I'm deluded

Or deranged r

Can one girl make the world

A better place r

The evidence suggests I'

That all signs point to a'

Yes, yes, yes I

I know there's no guarantee 4'

And time will be the test a'

But all signs point to yes a'

I'm thinking that science

Is a new art a'

And I'm feeling like

I'm off to a great start a'

I'm working on a masterpiece a'

I got vision and precision

And expertise r

And all signs point to I'

Yes, yes, yes I

Can anyone do any good a'

It's anybody's guess a'

But all signs point to a'

All signs point to a'


[Linda] Dad, look at this.

The ribosome is resistant

to the MD mosaic virus.

[older woman] Rice Nine.

Resistance to drought, flood,

pestilence and blight.

Nine percent more protein.

As many nutrients

in a single cup

as a steak dinner,

and salad and baked potato.

With or without sour cream?

With sour cream.

As promised,

the father-daughter team

behind Rice Nine.

One cup of Rice Nine

has as much calcium

as a 30-gram dollop

of sour cream.

Would you guys like to take

a look in the microscope?

-[reporter] Oh, yes.

- Dr. Linda Watt.

And don't let her youth

fool you.

[wind blowing]

Movie time, gentlemen.


a' It's Mogil movie time a'

It's Mogil movie time a'

[Gurgon] India.

Five hundred million farmers,

1.1 billion rice eaters,

all of them potential customers.


Bilari, the birthplace

of Basmati rice.

How did you figure that out?

It's not a fact,

it's an article of faith

with our marketing department.

Who say that launching Rice Nine

in the hallowed cradle

of Basmati rice

will be an auspicious event.

We need the Indians to trust us.

And at the moment, they don't.


Berg, you said Jeffries

would be perfect

as Mogil's friendly face

in India.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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