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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 »


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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


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance




Official Sites:

American Desi Productions


USA | India



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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$902,835, 15 April 2001
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gautam Rao: Jagjit Singh?
Jagjit: Here.
Gautam Rao: "Onathan" Scott?
Jonathan: It's Jonathan. "Juh"
Gautam Rao: What happened to the silent "J"?
Jonathan: It's not silent!
Gautam Rao: I swear that there are more exceptions than rules in the English grammar.
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References Sangam (1964) See more »


Jaat Ho Giya Sharabee
Music by Panjabi MC (as Panjabi MC)
Performed by Kuldeep Manak
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20 May 2001 | by GillianSSee all my reviews

Well, I read a review of this movie, and it didn't sound too promising. However, it had been relentlessly plugged by one of my best friends (who happens to be Indian) and she practically forced me to watch it. I'm really glad she did. This was a hilarious portrayal of a Indian-American guy trying to come to terms with his heritage, all while his hormones were raging. I admit, if I had watched it by myself, I probably wouldn't have been all that impressed. But with my friend there to explain all the cultural and religious references and jokes, it was a truly unique, educational and wholly funny experience.

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