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ABCD (1999)

Unrated | | Drama | 12 October 2000 (USA)
The only goal of an ageing Asian-American widow is to see her son and rebellious daughter (described as an American Born Confused Deshi or ABCD) married off to respectable Indian families.


Krutin Patel


James McManus, Krutin Patel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madhur Jaffrey ... Anju
Faran Tahir ... Raj
Sheetal Sheth ... Nina
Aasif Mandvi ... Ashok
David Ari ... Brian
Jennifer Dorr White ... Julia
Adriane Forlana Erdos Adriane Forlana Erdos ... Tejal
Rex Young Rex Young ... Sam
Gil Grail Gil Grail ... Mark
Bob Bonnet Bob Bonnet ... Cop
Alexander Lasky Alexander Lasky ... Gordon
David Mann David Mann ... Tony
Janan Raouf ... Jennifer
Vince Byrne Sr. Vince Byrne Sr. ... MacKenzie
Nicki Cochrane Nicki Cochrane ... Asha


The only goal of an ageing Asian-American widow is to see her son and rebellious daughter (described as an American Born Confused Deshi or ABCD) married off to respectable Indian families.

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Its about choices!






Official Sites:

Laxmi / The Business





Release Date:

12 October 2000 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,372, 2 December 2001, Limited Release

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Laxmi Pictures See more »
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Did You Know?


The title stands for "American Born Confused Desi" (pronounced "Deshi" in the film. The confusion refers to the clash of cultural identities and Desi to a person of South Asian descent. Variations on the term extend the acronym to all letters of the alphabet, from A to Z. See more »


References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

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Wow! I can't believe this is an Indian Movie!
21 January 2002 | by Are-JaySee all my reviews

I have never been a fan of Indian Movies, and probably never will be (and I am Indian too). But this movie steers us into a different direction that is very daring and new.

I found out about it from 2 Indian girls waiting in a line up with me at a Pasta Bar in Vancouver. BOth were University students who are a part of the Indian-Students-Club...or something like that, and I overheard them gossiping about this movie. Then I asked a few questions, then BAM, I went out and rented it less than 24 hours later to watch with my girlfriend (who loves Hindi Movies!)

ABCD addresses the probelems of many second generation Indians who are American born and think they are too good for their own type. They become assimilated into the American sub-culture at such a young age, that they have no sense of identity, and their proud roots are lost at a very tender age. And the sad thing is that they have no interest in regaining them ever.

This movie stars Sheetal Seth (sp), as she plays the troublesome daughter Meena. She does a great job of playing a complete mean bitch with no manners who is rude and overly defensive to anyone she encounters. She plays a very confused woman who is too afraid to get hurt at the point where she wont' even give anyone a chance. This is so true of girls here (even where I live in Vancouver, Canada.....where we have a large Indian Population.) She sleeps with 3 different men in this movie, which is something that is forbidden in the traditional Indian Cinema....so this movie really departs from the typical Indian movie.

All in All, it is a great film that is worth watching, but don't expect to laugh as it has a few very sad moments in it. It is a serious film for those who can handle it, as Hindi movies are known to be very sad at times. But this one isn't fabricated like the traditional Bollywood movies that have a habit of laying it on too thick! Enjoy.

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