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Ned Miller (storyline consultant)
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Release Date:
July 1989 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Ashutosh Gowariker ... Vikran
Heidi Carpenter ... Sue
Pearl Padamsee ... Mrs. Shah
Rex Delgado
Bernie Segal ... Nick
Subash Rane ... Deepak
Robert Braun ... Priest
Sumati Patel ... Anjail
Eric Jody Ray ... George
Saraj D. Dhamdhara ... Vikram's Mother
Cal Schlesinger ... Custom's Inspector
Ron Murphy ... Tweety Bird
Karen Stern ... Neighbor Woman
Ruth Marks ... Checkout Woman
Ella Vendetta ... Lenore
Janene Mitchell ... Gail
Steve DeWitt ... Jack
Jim Simpson ... Man in house
Bihari Kawaliwala ... Street singer
Natwarial Kawaliwala ... Street singer
Raja Kawaliwala ... Street singer
Gere Fennelly ... Sue's friend
Debra Borchers ... Sue's friend
Larry Doyle ... Sue's friend
Jenny Luis ... Sue's friend
Keith Poll ... Sue's friend
Brian Conley ... Sue's friend
Scott Alexander ... Sue's friend
Norm Skaggs ... Second agent
Irving Smith ... Man in hotel lobby
Manjit Singh ... Man in photo
Beth Dewey ... Voice on phone (as Elizabeth Dewey)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Abrams
Jeff Acuna
James Arnold
Linda Austin
Jane Barrett
Victoria Bastel
Bill Bawden
Alin Black
Jim Block

Steve Blum (as Steven Blum)
Julie Blythe
Tom Bower
Michael Cabanski
Jeff Campbell
Michelle Castro
Willy Chavarria
Douglas Dea
Audrey Dochterman
Cete Dochterman
Angela Domante
Jessica Donohoe ... Sue's Friend
John Dukas
Jack Fisher
Felix Fox
Ted Fuller
Chantal Fyfe
John Grant
John Hartley
Lisa Hassebe
Savoy Hatlin
Ingrid Hershberger
Ken Barlick Hinck
Dale Irmiter
Susan Jackson
Douglas Jorges
Howie Killen
Lucille Kling
Tim Kueven
Rachel Lewis
Brian Matz
James McCann
Cindy McGarraugh
Raub McKim
Lisa Meddin
Bul Mike ... (voice)
Ted Miller
Nate Montgomery
Rob Muhr
John Nguyen ... (voice)

Elaine Orth
Barbara Parker
David Pierce ... Mickey Smith
Sonja Regaspi
Jackie Reisman
Claire Sanchez
Martha Schnitter
Michael Sheats
Sean Shine
Andy Simpson
Sean Stack
Tony Tang ... (voice)
Burt Tessler
Kim Torgersen
Michael Valladas
Jeff Webb
Jim Wentworth
Tom Wilsey
Kellie K. Woolf

Directed by
David Rathod 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jim Block  storyline consultant
Ned Miller  storyline consultant
David Rathod 

Produced by
Cristi Janaki Rathod .... producer
Original Music by
Sheila Chandra 
Jai Uttal 
Cinematography by
Christopher Tufty 
Film Editing by
David Rathod 
Art Direction by
Kenneth Gush (co-art director)
Costume Design by
Shellagh Hannigan 
Makeup Department
Connie Miller .... hair stylist
Connie Miller .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Liz Gazzano .... second assistant director
Ned Miller .... additional scenes
Lucy Phillips .... assistant director
Art Department
Magda Gregg .... property assistant
Cindy McGarraugh .... property master
Adam Silverman .... assistant art director
Joseph P. Ward .... camera props
Sound Department
Tim Ayers .... sound effects editor
Will Harvey .... co-recording sound mixer
Jim Kallett .... co-recording sound mixer
Stephen McNalty .... boom supervisor
Devon Miller .... dialogue editor
Devon Miller .... sound editor
Andy Wiskes .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Otis W. Bess Jr. .... camera department assistant
Jim Block .... still photographer: photo montages
Jim Campana .... grip
John McLeod .... key grip
Ben Sanders .... camera department assistant
Michael Santy .... first assistant camera
Edwin Schenderlein .... grip
Dave Wendlinger .... best boy
William White .... grip
Casting Department
Sumati Patel .... casting coordinator
Emily Schweber .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Alan Abrams .... assistant editor
John Bocci .... editor intern
Lyn Freeman .... apprentice editor
Dan Germano .... editor intern
Michele Goldberg .... assistant editor
Chris Innis .... assistant editor
Kenny Krauss .... editor intern
Jo Carol LaBorde .... post-production secretary
Michael Mahnken .... apprentice editor
Jackie Reisman .... apprentice editor
Ann Rockwell .... editor intern
Dianna Stirpe .... apprentice editor
Kiki Valentine .... apprentice editor
Location Management
C. Lawson Reed .... location manager
Transportation Department
Steve Hirsch .... driver: grip truck
John Melendez .... driver: grip truck
Other crew
Tony Appleton .... production assistant
Darcy Cohn .... script supervisor
Beth Dewey .... production assistant (as Elizabeth Dewey)
Dale Geist .... production assistant
Janet Heimlich .... production assistant
Todd Heindel .... production assistant
Ina Hersharger .... production assistant
Mark Hinch .... assistant to producer
Douglas Kagel .... production assistant
Kristin Landis .... production assistant
Matthew Lipson .... production assistant
Ned Miller .... horror film footage
Brian Robinson .... production assistant
Jim Simpson .... production assistant


Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:80 min
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Mono)

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forgive the shoestring budget shortcomings, 14 January 2011
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

An ingratiating student arrives in San Francisco from Bombay, only to find his ambitions blocked at every turn: his sponsors are out of town; the University of California won't admit him; the Department of Immigration is on his heels; and the only accommodations he can afford are in a Tenderloin flop-house run by a tough, no-nonsense Indian matron out to match her new tenant with an unmarried niece. Appealing characters and an uncomplicated story make it an agreeable (if not exactly memorable) film, but there isn't much shock to video-maker David Rathod's culture shock comedy. The young hero adjusts far too quickly to his difficult circumstances, and his offbeat romance with a local garage band groupie is more convenient than convincing. An enthusiastic effort by the cast and crew can't help the film from being too modest for its own good, with Rathod's Anglo-Indian perspective showing more credibility than his urban American setting.

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