23-year-old Nikhil comes to Canada from India to find his fortune and is convinced by his uncle to work as a companion and care-giver to Sam, an elderly Jewish man. An unlikely friendship ensues, which gives both men new insight into life.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Nikhil 'Shwartza' Parikh
Peter Boretski ...
Sam 'Zayda' Cohen
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Chetan Parikh
Heath Lamberts ...
Morris Cohen
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Baldev
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Xavier (as Javid Jafri)
Jolly Bader ...
Ali Akbar
Leonard Chow ...
Keith Wong
Marcia Diamond ...
Hannah Cohen
Gina Wilkinson ...
Mariana
Howard Jerome ...
Mr. Klugman
Lance Koyata ...
Takahito
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Vincent
Kay Tremblay ...
Mrs. Rohrlich
Gene Mack ...
Lucas
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Nikhil Parikh lives a middle-class life with his widowed mom in India. Since he has now matured, his mom would like him to get a good job and get married, but Nikhil does not want to do so. So his paternal uncle in Toronto, Canada, sponsors him and he agrees to re-locate there. Upon arrival, his uncle, Chetan, informs him that he arranged for a job at his very firm namely Cohen Hospital Supplies, which is run by a Jewish family, consisting of father, Sam; son, Morris, and Morris' wife, Hannah. Nikhil brushes up on this firm and meets with Morris on the very same day, and he is offered the job - not quite what he had expected - but for looking after Sam, who is now senile - and is obsessed with returning to Israel. This is where Nikhil will get his Canadian name, Shwartza (Black boy), and he will learn to call his male and female employers as Sir and Madame respectively. He will also face his first challenge - when Sam decides to run away on the very first day. Nikhil overcomes the ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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