In Touch of Pink, Alim (Jimi Mistry), a gay Canadian living in London, has his life overturned when his devoutly muslim mother (Veena Sood) comes to visit. Knowing she would not approve, he has never told her of his sexuality or of the boyfriend, Giles (Kris Holden-Ried), that he lives with.
Veena Sood, who plays Alim’s mother, delivers the stand out performance of the film. Unfortunately, some of the other cast members do not deliver as strongly as she does, leading to the film to feel sometimes awkward and forced. It is unfortunately that we do not warm to Alim until near the end. Alim’s Cary Grant (Kyle MacLachlan) fantasies are at first annoying, but as the film progresses they become lovable and end up adding a quirky element that explains a lot about the character.
Touch of Pink explores difficult issues about race and sexuality. Sometimes some of the characters feel a little stereotyped, especially some of the gay men, but mostly the film is tasteful, interesting and insightful. Even if one is not haunted by the exact issues Alim faces regarding his race and sexuality, most people will be able to relate to the issues about what his family expect of him contrasting with the person he is.
Due to Alim’s love of movies, Touch of Pink often harks back to classic Hollywood comedies and romances, which is quirky and fun. Like the best of classical Hollywood, Touch of Pink carries some laugh out loud moments with a moral message.
Director & Writer: Ian Iqbal Rashid
Stars: Jimi Mistry, Kris Holden-Ried and Suleka Mathew