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American Desi (2001)

College freshman Krishna Reddy, who has never cared for his Indian-American cultural heritage, looks forward to a new life on campus but is surprised to find that he has been assigned ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deep Katdare ...
Krishna Gopal Reddy / Kris
Nina Shah
Jagjit Singh
Salim Ali Khan
Ajay Pandya
Rakesh Patel
Farah Saaed
Aladdin Ullah ...
Gautam Rao (as Aladdin)
Eric Berger
Chandu (as Sanjit Desilva)
Ami Shukla ...
Krishen Mehta ...
Krishna's father (as Krishan Mehta)
Smita Patel ...
Mrs. Reddy
Bina Sharif ...
Mrs. Saeed


College freshman Krishna Reddy, who has never cared for his Indian-American cultural heritage, looks forward to a new life on campus but is surprised to find that he has been assigned Indian roommates. Through his new experiences, he struggles to understand the side of himself he has always turned his back on in order to fit in. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance




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Release Date:

27 September 2002 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Американские приключения  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$305,054 (USA) (18 March 2001)


$902,835 (USA) (15 April 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Krishna: Hi, buy me a pizza?
Nina: Excuse me?
Krishna: Buy me a pizza.
Nina: Buy you a pizza?
Krishna: Yeah I'm really hungry and I'm totally tapped out of cash and I know this great pizza place around the corner. And I was wondering if you'd buy me a pizza?
Nina: No are you crazy, I'm not gonna buy you a pizza. I don't know if you know how this works but you're the one buying me a pizza.
Krishna: Okay.
Nina: Okay what?
Krishna: Okay I'll buy you a pizza, all you had to do was ask.
Nina: Wait a minute, you just said that you were tapped out of cash.
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References Aradhana (1969) See more »


Mundian To Bach Ke
Music by Panjabi MC
Performed by Labh Janjua (as Labh Jajua)
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A honest atmosphere
15 March 2005 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

First I came across Green Card Fever, then I thought to check out another title with Purva Bedi (Nina) and was not disappointed of American Desi. The movie has a very simple storyline and simple acting, but it brings honesty to the film. Although there are much better adaptations on immigrant life (East is East, Bend It Like Beckham), it made me easy to imagine how it is for someone who originates in a different culture and has to find his/her way of doing things, especially when second generation immigrant. I haven't seen any Indian movies, but I think the dancing/music parts, the costumes, and the tale like love story are a touch of Bollywood. The whole 1.5 hours is full of fun and smile, but funniest to me were the roommates of Krishna, who's character were shaped excellent. So, all in all, if you keep on watching after the first 20 minutes, this is a nice light DVD for a Sunday afternoon, gets 6/10. There's just one question left: what is 'Desi'?

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