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American Chai (2001)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 January 2001 (USA)
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Sureel is a first generation Indian American college graduating senior music major who's controlling father still believes that he is pre-med. His desires in life conflict with both his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aalok Mehta ...
Sureel
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Maya
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Engineering Sam
Josh Ackerman ...
Toby
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Hari
Paresh Rawal ...
Sureel's Dad
Bharti Desai ...
Sureel's Mom
Akshay Oberoi ...
Neel
Rajiv Reddy ...
Young Sureel
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Jen
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Sejal
Anand Chulani ...
Raju
Jill Anderson ...
Lisa
Kyle Koehl ...
Young Boy
Marlee Kattler ...
Young Girl
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Sureel is a first generation Indian American college graduating senior music major who's controlling father still believes that he is pre-med. His desires in life conflict with both his family's traditional values, and the usual Indian way of assimilating into America by becoming a doctor or engineer. As graduation approaches, he has an opportunity to be nationally recognized for his music which will simplify telling his father the truth. Value conflicts are explored as the rationale behind internal racism and dating objectives are also explored. Written by Scott, Milwaukee, WI

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Rated R for some sexual dialogue | See all certifications »
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Maya: This fits right into your whole "fusion/salad-bowl-of-cultures" philosophy. How did I ever stand a chance? I'm too much lettuce.
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A bad episode of Saved By the Bell
4 April 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

WHAT!? I cannot believe someone wrote this thing and I can't believe someone paid money to have it made! The most predictable movie EVER. I can't believe after all the bad movies in the history of film, someone would still be writing this cheese. The Mehta's get respect for effort and actually getting to make the film, but I feel bad for the poor representation of Indian-Americans. It's your classic tradition versus modern tale, but this time with Indian-Americans and music. Bad jokes, horrendous stereotypes, plain bad acting, save me! Take away the dirty jokes and you have something that would most fittingly be called an "after-school special from 1991."


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