Americanizing Shelley (2007)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  October 2008 (Germany)
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A wannabe Hollywood player sets out to Americanize an Indian girl from the Himalayas.


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Credited cast:
Shalini Singh / Shelley Picante
Robert 'Rob' Shorwell
Blaine / Parminder 'Pammy' Brar
Neil 'Neelu' Brar
Director Alan Smithee
Shaheen Khan ...
Kirat J. Singh
Jaspal Singh
Littly J. Singh
Happy J. Singh (as Tony Yalda)
Robert M. Rey ...
Elastic Surgeon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ...
Traber Burns ...


Punjabi-speaking Shalini Singh lives a middle-classed lifestyle in the Himalayan region in India along with her mom, Kirat; dad, Jaspal; brother, Happy; and sister, Littly, and was engaged to Neil Brar as a child. Years later Neil re-locates to the United States of America, and there is no contact between him and the Singh family but Shalini hopes to marry and live with him eventually. When pressure is applied on her due to Littly's future marriage, she travels to California, where Neil is reportedly employed with Can'tAct Celebrity Management, an agency that represents Hollywood artistes. To her shock she finds him in the arms of a blonde named Nicole, and he refuses to have to do anything with her, leave alone marry her. She is then befriended by Robert Shorwell, a Caucasian male and co-worker of Neil, who offers to Americanize her so that she can win back Neil (but also to win the bet with his boos Beau Bridges who plays Gary Gordon), to which Shalini agrees but writes to her ... Written by rAjOo (

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Rated PG for sensuality and some language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

October 2008 (Germany)  »

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Americanising Shelley  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,450 (USA) (11 May 2007)


$126,403 (USA) (25 May 2007)

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Shalini Singh: All White people sound the same to me.
Blaine: Tell me about it, sister.
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An Excellent and Whimsical Film
1 March 2008 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

We really enjoyed this film. In a world of so much seriousness and all the tragedy, this film comes across and lifts your spirits. We found it very innovative and imaginative. True it is comical but it is just a movie and no need to get all upset that someone's culture was stepped on. When an American is portrayed on the screen do we automatically assume this is all Americans? Of Course Not. We hope the author writes more movies so we can see each and everyone. We highly recommend this movie. This is coming from a mixed couple he being European and she being Indian.

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