Based on the sprawling 1991 novel by Rohinton Mistry, this small-scale epic focuses on the Noble family and their day-to-day lives as India lurches towards war with Pakistan in 1971. The Nobles are Parsis, descendents of Zoroastrians who
fled Persia in the 9th century to avoid forced conversion to Islam; they remain a religious minority in primarily Hindu India and prospered under the British Raj many left India with the British. Born to wealth and privilege, Parsi Gustad Noble (Roshan Seth, who bears a striking resemblance
to Dustin Hoffman) supported his parents after they were swindled out of their fortune, and now clings to middle-class respectability by...