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American Desi (2001)

College freshman Krishna Reddy, who has never cared for his Indian-American cultural heritage, looks forward to a new life on campus but is surprised to find that he has been assigned ... See full summary »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Deep Katdare Deep Katdare ... Krishna Gopal Reddy / Kris
Purva Bedi ... Nina Shah
Ronobir Lahiri ... Jagjit Singh
Rizwan Manji ... Salim Ali Khan
Kal Penn ... Ajay Pandya
Anil Kumar ... Rakesh Patel
Sunita Param ... Farah Saaed
Aladdin Ullah Aladdin Ullah ... Gautam Rao (as Aladdin)
Eric Axen ... Eric Berger
Sanjit De Silva ... Chandu (as Sanjit Desilva)
Sunil Malhotra ... Hemant
Ami Shukla Ami Shukla ... Priya
Krishen Mehta Krishen Mehta ... Krishna's father (as Krishan Mehta)
Smita Patel Smita Patel ... Mrs. Reddy
Bina Sharif Bina Sharif ... Mrs. Saeed
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College freshman Krishna Reddy, who has never cared for his Indian-American cultural heritage, looks forward to a new life on campus but is surprised to find that he has been assigned Indian roommates. Through his new experiences, he struggles to understand the side of himself he has always turned his back on in order to fit in. Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


Krishna: Excuse me sir, can you tell me where I can find the
Krishna: "nan"?
Grocer: The "nan"?... Go to the back and to the left. Let me make a suggestion, try the Rogani "nan." It is the best quality.
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Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to cut coarse language in order to obtain a 12 classification. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »


References Sangam (1964) See more »


Yeh Mera Dil
Music by Magic Mike (M. Marfatia)
Vocals by Anna Vaid
Rap Vocals by Andy Trint
Courtesy of RPG Music and Magic Mike
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Fun times!
27 October 2004 | by trininisaSee all my reviews

You know, I wasn't sure if this was going to be good. Watching movies like East is East and Bend It Like Beckham has made my expectations high.

Now, this isn't a perfect movie. Typical stereotype problems involved that others here have mentioned were an issue. Mostly though, it was funny and enjoyable.

Particularly of note is Kal Penn as the "Hindu homeboy", Ajay. I liked him and he made me laugh, mostly b/c I know THAT guy. I am related to a couple of THAT guy and I went to school with a bunch of THAT guy. Very funny. Penn totally made Ajay a mockery that we actually care about.

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American Desi Productions


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Release Date:

27 September 2002 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Американские приключения See more »

Filming Locations:

Edison, New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$305,054, 18 March 2001

Gross USA:


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1.85 : 1
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