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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.

Director:

Krutin Patel

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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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!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Details

Official Sites:

Laxmi / The Business

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,372, 2 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$120,000
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Laxmi Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

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References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

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an awful attempt at describing the indian-american experience
15 January 2002 | by bdeshiSee all my reviews

i've been watching a lot of western-type indian movies recently, and ABCD has got to be the worst of them all. Although Bombay Boys was pretty stupid, and American Desi was just silly, they are much more polished than this movie. the number of inconsistencies in the movie are astounding. as the name name of the movie suggests, one would assume the characters are born in america. they're not. it is unclear at which point the children came to america, and it's even hard to tell from their accents. the choices of the main characters do not seem realistic, and their actions leave the audience with a bad taste in their mouths. if you choose to watch this film, take a pad and pen with you, so you can log all of the inconsistencies. it'll be fun.


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