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Masala Mama

  • Singapore / 2010 / 9min / 35mm / Colour
  • Original Title : Masala Mama
  • Language : Tamil, Hokkien, English
  • Genre : Comedy, Drama
  • Director : Michael Kam
  • Screenwriter : Michael Kam
  • Cinematographer : Amandi Wong
  • Editor : Moses Nyein
  • Music : Melvin Lee, Moses Nyein, Takuya Katsu
  • Cast : Mohan Vellayan, Vernon Ng


Masala Mama is a film about finding allies and heroes in the most unlikely people. The young son of a struggling rag-and-bone man, much to his father’s chagrin, is constantly distracted by daydreams of drawing comic book superheroes. He steals a comic from the gentle owner of a small Indian grocery store (colloquially known as a “mama-shop”), setting in motion a series of confrontations between his father - a man hardened by the pursuit of earning a living, and the storeowner - a man open to the pursuit of a dream.

Production & Print Source

Michael Kam


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