I went to see Mistress of Spices yesterday. It got at best lukewarm reviews, but since I could quite happily while away an hour and a half looking at a poster of Aishwarya Rai, that carried very little weight with me.
The real problem with the movie I think is the voice over. When Rai's character - Tilo - converses with the spices it is difficult to suppress a giggle. I think the film would have been a lot better if that narration was cut completely. You'd lose a bit of exposition but I think the mystery might add to the experience.
I enjoyed it a lot however, and Rai's performance was luminous. I'm sure she will have a big hit in the West one day.