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Americanizing Shelley (2007)

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A wannabe Hollywood player sets out to Americanize an Indian girl from the Himalayas.


Lorraine Senna





Credited cast:
Namrata Singh Gujral ... Shalini Singh / Shelley Picante
Beau Bridges ... Gary Gordon
Brad Raider ... Robert 'Rob' Shorwell
RonReaco Lee ... Blaine / Parminder 'Pammy' Brar
Phillip Rhys ... Neil 'Neelu' Brar
Wil Wheaton ... Director Alan Smithee
Erin Hershey ... Nicole
Shaheen Khan Shaheen Khan ... Kirat J. Singh
Ajay Mehta ... Jaspal Singh
Noureen DeWulf ... Littly J. Singh
Winter Jones ... Happy J. Singh (as Tony Yalda)
Morgan Brittany ... Georgina
Robert M. Rey ... Elastic Surgeon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Ryder
Traber Burns Traber Burns ... Bart


Punjabi-speaking Shalini Singh lives a middle-classed lifestyle in the Himalayan region in India along with her mom, Kirat; dad, Jaspal; brother, Happy; and sister, Littly, and was engaged to Neil Brar as a child. Years later Neil re-locates to the United States of America, and there is no contact between him and the Singh family but Shalini hopes to marry and live with him eventually. When pressure is applied on her due to Littly's future marriage, she travels to California, where Neil is reportedly employed with Can'tAct Celebrity Management, an agency that represents Hollywood artistes. To her shock she finds him in the arms of a blonde named Nicole, and he refuses to have to do anything with her, leave alone marry her. She is then befriended by Robert Shorwell, a Caucasian male and co-worker of Neil, who offers to Americanize her so that she can win back Neil (but also to win the bet with his boos Beau Bridges who plays Gary Gordon), to which Shalini agrees but writes to her ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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You Can't Curry Love!


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sensuality and some language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

October 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Americanising Shelley See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,450, 11 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$126,403, 27 May 2007
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Did You Know?


Neil Brar: You speak Spanish?
Shalini Singh: Y Tu Mama Tambien.
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If you are looking to be entertained and get your money's worth...
23 March 2007 | by bill-olssonSee all my reviews

then this is the film for you. I saw this at Sn Diego film fest and i have to admit i didn't know much about the Indian culture but was educated, entertained and enchanted (esp by the lead girl) in every way possible. I just found out that this film is opening in a few weeks and I am psyched. Just a great fun movie and well worth watching, this one definitely did it for me. It was a hit at SDFF and going to the fest website and reading some of the reviews will give you some more audience reactions (lookout for mine too - it's in there buried with the others). I feel lucky to be one of the first ones to have watched it. congratulations to a fine movie and a fine team (please put the poster up that the Indian dancers were handing out at the festival), thank you, Bill Olsson

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