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American Chai (2001)

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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Aalok Mehta ...
Sureel
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Engineering Sam
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Toby
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Sureel's Dad
Bharti Desai ...
Sureel's Mom
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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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A terrific movie
23 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see American Chai in my sneak preview class. I'm wary of seeing some first time attempts at movie making, but this film was a total treat. I was drawn in from the first 5 minutes. The characters were completely believable and engaging, the story right on the mark, and the way the writer/director portrayed the cultural and generational differences resonated with many of the stories I've heard from my Indian friends. I found it completely charming, funny, and touching. I heartily recommend seeing this film if it comes to your local theater.


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