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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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Aalok Mehta ... Sureel
... Maya
... Engineering Sam
... Toby
... Hari
... Sureel's Dad
Bharti Desai ... Sureel's Mom
... Neel
Rajiv Reddy ... Young Sureel
... Jen
... Sejal
Anand Chulani ... Raju
Jill Anderson ... Lisa
Kyle Koehl ... Young Boy
Marlee Kattler ... Young Girl
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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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Fusion Films

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25 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Maya: This fits right into your whole "fusion/salad-bowl-of-cultures" philosophy. How did I ever stand a chance? I'm too much lettuce.
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Hilarious and refreshing!
7 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a hilarious look at late collegiate life with a fresh perspective on many issues. This very well made independent film balances the romance factor well to keep the story going, and manages to pull a tear or two before it's over. The characters are real and have good depth for a comedy. The audience may have a hard time with the father's accent, but the tone of the conversation will give you the idea of what's going on in the story. This will really appeal to an audience who has been in a large college, had controlling parents, or had musical aspirations. The friendships and problems in their lives are integral with solid telling of this story.


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