Nina's Heavenly Delights

Nina's Heavenly Delights is a 2006 British drama Romance comedy film, directed by Pratibha Parmar. The film was released on 29 September 2006 in the United Kingdom, and on 21 November 2007 in the United States.

Nina's Heavenly Delights
Film poster
Directed byPratibha Parmar
Produced byPratibha Parmar
Marion Pilowsky
Chris Atkins
Written byAndrea Gibb
Story byPratibha Parmar
StarringShelley Conn
Laura Fraser
Music bySteve Isles
CinematographySimon Dennis
Edited byMary Finlay
Kali Films
Priority Pictures
Distributed byRegent Releasing
Release date
  • 29 September 2006 (2006-09-29) (United Kingdom)
  • 21 November 2007 (2007-11-21) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


When young Glaswegian cook Nina Shah (Shelley Conn) returns home for her father's funeral after three estranged years in London, England, she begins a romantic relationship with Lisa (Laura Fraser), an old childhood friend who now owns half the late father's Indian restaurant, The New Taj. Together they seek to save the restaurant by winning the national "Best in the West Curry Competition" for a third time. Nina's mother Suman (Veena Sood) and brother Kary (Atta Yaqub), however, want to sell the place to fellow restaurateur Raj (Art Malik), whose chef son Sanjay (Raji James) had been left at the altar by Nina. Lending the young women moral support is Nina's flamboyant gay friend Bobbi (Ronny Jhutti), and Nina's younger sister Priya (Zoe Henretty).


Critical receptionEdit

AfterEllen said "showcasing a positive lesbian relationship while avoiding some of the typical queer film catch traps is where Nina’s Heavenly Delights succeeds....If we’re measuring ingredients by heart, this one is just right."[1]

The New York Times said, "Diluted by menu pornography and cringeworthy dance routines, ... the movie's central romance barely qualifies as such. 'It's all about chemistry,' Nina says. Too bad she and her co-star possess so little."[2]


Year Award Category Result
2008 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Film - Limited Release Nominated
2007 Paris Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival Best Feature Film Won
Fresno Film Festival Wolfe Award for Best Feature Film Won
Tampa LGBT Film Festival Audience Award for Best International Film Won


The film's soundtrack includes the Shelly Poole's song "Lost in You" and "Maybe That's What It Takes" by Alex Parks.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Review of "Nina's Heavenly Delights" - Page 2 of 2 - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (30 November 2007). "Movies - Review - Nina's Heavenly Delights". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 29 October 2017.

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