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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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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 Raval ...
Sureel's Dad (as Paresh Rawal)
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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When will movies about Indians in the west be interesting?
20 October 2004 | by (Beaverton, OR) – See all my reviews

As an Indian, I found this movie almost rather disappointing in the fact that nothing in it was interesting besides some of the side humor. Though well acted and written, it seemed to be following the standard Indian movie where son wants to do something his father and family has forbidden. Son questions himself, challenges his family, and struggles with love. Eventually, he finds his dream as well as acceptance from his family.

These are okay stories, but they grow rather predictable. When will Indians movie talk about other such problems then the usual family issues, or forbidden love? Bend It Like Beckham came close and while it was a good movie, it also still was the typical Indian movie.

I would recommend American Chai, though I am still waiting for an Indian movie that will be something instead of the usual.


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