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Where's the Party Yaar? (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 May 2004 (India)
Harish Kumar Patel lives with his mom and dad in Valsad, Gujarat, India, where he is studying Electronic Engineering. His dad, Satish Kumar, wants him to re-locate to the U.S., live with ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diwakar Pathak ...
Satish Kumar Patel
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Hari (Harishkumar S. Patel)
Indravadan Tridevi ...
Bholey Shankar Maharaj
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Dr. Bakshi
Ulka Amin ...
Mrs. Bakshi
Shaan Puri ...
Deepu Bakshi
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Mo (Mohan Bakshi)
Ankur Patel ...
Hash
Tan Tu ...
Mechanic
Prakash Desai ...
Mr. Kumar
Mousami Dave ...
Poonam Mehta
Indi Wijay ...
Raju Mathews (as Indy Wijay)
M. Kabir
Charlie Flynn ...
Engineering Professor
Tina Cherian ...
Priya Varghese
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Harish Kumar Patel lives with his mom and dad in Valsad, Gujarat, India, where he is studying Electronic Engineering. His dad, Satish Kumar, wants him to re-locate to the U.S., live with the Bakshis, study, and marry the girl of his choice. Harish must first go through the blessings of an Astrologer, Bholey Shankar Maharaj, who blesses him, informs him that he will meet a girl whose name will start with "P", who he will marry. An overly excited Harish travels all the way to Houston, Texas, U.S. where he is met fondly by the Bakshi family, consisting of Mrs. and Dr. Bakshi, Mohan, and Deepu. In keeping with the fear and paranoia after the September 11 attacks, Mrs. Bakshi has made it a practice to place American flags in the front pockets of her sons, and she does it now for Harish as well. Mohan is around Harish's age and shows him around the campus. Harish meets with a beautiful Malyalee girl, Priya, and falls in love with her. But things do not go as planned when Harish finds out ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some sex-related humor | See all certifications »
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28 May 2004 (India)  »

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Dude, Where's the Party?  »

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$48,832 (USA) (5 September 2003)

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$48,832 (USA) (5 September 2003)
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The film is based on Sunil Thakkar's own experiences running and throwing parties for the Music Masala radio station, and having to discriminate between "Fresh off the Boat" Indians and the more fashionable, hip, Americanized Indians. Ironically enough, Thakkar's character in the film is exactly the type of person he barred from parties in those days. See more »

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Mr. Varghese's Friend: 'Eh, Varghese, your wife's fish curry is the bomb!
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References Dude, Where's My Car? (2000) See more »

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Satire?
23 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I agree that much of this film rehashes a lot of old stereotypes and clichés, I didn't feel that the film did so mean-spiritedly or even without good intentions. Wasn't the moral of the story that all the stereotypes and harsh feelings toward recent immigrants were wrong? While there were points where some of the jokes or plot lines were a little hokey or clichéd and completely overdone (for the love of god, no more doctor/engineer jokes!), I thought the film had some moments of very subtle, very astute analysis on identity, race relations and negotiations of who is "cool" and who isn't. Granted, I'm watching this film for my master's thesis, so I'm looking for all of those subtle cues, but if you look closely, you can see there is a lot more going on in this film than FOB jokes.

That being said, the film isn't perfect. It gets really slow at points, and like I said, a lot of the jokes are completely run into the ground. However, I thought that Hari was such a sweet, likable character (he actually reminded me a lot of the main character in the movie "LOSER," which follows a pretty similar story line about a dorky mid-Westerner moving to New York for college), that he made the movie worth watching. Despite all this film's shortcomings, I'd rather watch it than American Desi (or a large number of the American Desi type films) any day. This is one of the few films of its type that didn't take a completely uncritical approach to "Indian" culture. This movie actually took some time to poke fun at itself.

In my opinion, this film got much closer to satire than pretty much everything else I've seen in its genre, and if you are looking for a film to watch within this genre, this is probably the best option at this point.


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