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American Chai (2001)

Sureel is a first generation Indian American college graduating senior music major who's controlling father still believes that he is pre-med. His desires in life conflict with both his ... See full summary »

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Anurag Mehta

Writer:

Anurag Mehta

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aalok Mehta Aalok Mehta ... Sureel
Sheetal Sheth ... Maya
Aasif Mandvi ... Engineering Sam
Josh Ackerman ... Toby
Ajay Naidu ... Hari
Paresh Rawal ... Sureel's Dad
Bharti Desai Bharti Desai ... Sureel's Mom
Akshay Oberoi ... Neel
Rajiv Reddy Rajiv Reddy ... Young Sureel
Jamie Hurley ... Jen
Reena Shah ... Sejal
Anand Chulani Anand Chulani ... Raju
Jill Anderson Jill Anderson ... Lisa
Kyle Koehl Kyle Koehl ... Young Boy
Marlee Kattler Marlee Kattler ... Young Girl
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Storyline

Sureel is a first generation Indian American college graduating senior music major who's controlling father still believes that he is pre-med. His desires in life conflict with both his family's traditional values, and the usual Indian way of assimilating into America by becoming a doctor or engineer. As graduation approaches, he has an opportunity to be nationally recognized for his music which will simplify telling his father the truth. Value conflicts are explored as the rationale behind internal racism and dating objectives are also explored. Written by Scott, Milwaukee, WI

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A non-traditional blend.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for some sexual dialogue | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Fusion Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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Hari: Don't worry, chicken curry...
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Proves there is hope for Indian-American movies
8 August 2004 | by jn420See all my reviews

Having seen other movies which didn't quite capture the reality of being a first generation Indian, what a refreshing change. This was a movie I think that people of any ethnicity could relate to, whereas others relied heavily on stereo-types of Indians for cheap laughs. I'm interested in seeing this writer/director release some more work, since this was an excellent first outing, if that is the case.

This is by no means a perfect movie, there are some silly things in the plot and it does start to show a little weakness in the ending. However, the characters were likable and the script had a lot of smart writing, and funny moments. Anyone of Indian heritage should definitely check it out.


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