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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

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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 ... 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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual dialogue | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Fusion Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,230, 7 April 2002

Gross USA:

$127,518

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,518
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Hari: Don't worry, chicken curry...
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References The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) See more »

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Relating to the film/Quality of acting
8 November 2003 | by treemonkeySee all my reviews

I loved watching this film because, being Indian, i felt that i could really relate to it. It was amazing to see how the main character interacted with his parents, because it was the same way that i did with my own.

Also, i thought that the quality of the acting was brilliant. The actors portrayed their characters effectively, really giving a true idea of Indian teens in college and the challenges that they face when it comes to the divide between the modern day mix of cultures and tradition.


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