Don McKellar and Lisa Ray star in Dilip Mehta’s Cooking with Stella, a comic fable set in the split world of New Delhi, India.
They live in the relative luxury of the diplomatic compound staffed by servants who live in the real, down and dirty New Delhi, including a cook named Stella who runs a black market business with Canadian supplies.
“It was great to be in India and have a job and a reason to be there,” says McKellar. “It’s not the easiest city to explore; it’s a chaotic city, but it’s a sensual city. The cliché about India is true — it is very sensual with smells and sounds and noise. And touch! People touch you, there is no personal space. It’s sort of overwhelming.
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