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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
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Toby
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Hari
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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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A non-traditional blend.

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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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Awful!!
12 February 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The movie was way too trite. Predictable identity questions. No imagination. What bothered me the most was the main actress's dancing. In the movie, she is supposed to be a very talented dancer. However, in a very uninspiring and way-too-long dance performance sequence, her moves offer a very poor representation of the exciting Indian-American fusion dance scene.


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