Canadian writer/director Ian Iqbal Rashid makes his feature film debut with the romantic comedy Touch of Pink. Jimi Mistry plays Alim, an young gay Ismali-Canadian living in a fashionable section of London. He has an active fantasy life involving Kyle MacLachlan, who appears as the charming ghost of Cary Grant. Alim also has an active social life in the real world with his actual boyfriend Giles (Kristen Holden-Ried). His life of leisure is interrupted when his mother Nuru (Suleka Mathew) arrives in town unexpectedly from Toronto. She also has a secret plan to take him back with her to Canada so he can settle down and find a nice Muslim girl to marry. Touch of Pink premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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I found it more charming than laugh out loud funny, but I'd like to see more movies like this this one. The acting and soundtrack were superb, particularly when you factor in the budget, or lack there of.
I loved Touch of Pink because I could identify with it on so many levels. The main character, a darling gay man, struggles with the conflicts of being true to himself and living life according to the expectations of others. When he finally decides to face the truth, he makes peace with the reality that it is more important to be courageous and begin to be who he is. This simple and profound act, in turn, exposes the absurdity in the attitudes of those whose expectations he had been trying to meet all along, including that of his guardian angel, Carey Grant. In the end, his simple act of courage effects others to face the truths in their own lives.