Stella Elizabeth Matthews has been a cook in the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi for 30 years. She is brilliant as a cook, and brilliant at creatively padding her salary - with a few pilfered items, some minor overcharging, and a special phone-order duty free business. A newly posted Canadian diplomatic couple Michael and Maya arrive with their baby and, after an initial jolt when she learns that Michael will be staying home as "diplomatic housewife" while Maya goes off to work, everything goes swimmingly for Stella. Michael was a chef in Ottawa and he is longing to learn authentic Indian cooking. Stella agrees to be his "cooking guru". But Stella's cozy domestic set-up implodes when Tannu, an honest nanny, joins the household, and threatens to expose Stella's deceptions. Eventually Stella wins Tannu's full cooperation (and then some!).
Seema Biswas....Stella Elizabeth Matthews
Lisa Ray....Maya Chopra
Shriya....Tannu (as Shriya Saran)
Maury Chaykin....H.E. Mr. Durand
Kanhaiya Lal Kaithwas....Dhobi
Mulchand Dedhia....Vegetable Seller
Daulat Ram Vaid....Inspector Dixit
Simtia Bharti....Defence Attorney
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