In 1979, an Indian family moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a "good old boy" propels him further away from his family's ideals than ever before.
GROWING UP SMITH is the story of a ten-year-old boy from India growing up in Small Town, America in 1979. While the boy's family straddles the fine line between embracing the American Dream and preserving their Indian heritage, there are barbecues, Halloween and hunting. And as Smith falls for Amy, the girl-next-door, he finds in Amy's father Butch the cowboy he wishes his own father could be. But alas, when Smith's father Bhaaskar sees Smith is quickly losing any hope of remaining a respectable Indian boy, he banishes him back to India. Nineteen years later Smith will return to America, back to a place he once called home.Written by
The red mustang in the garage was supposed to be an extra. Upon seeing the car, Jones wanted it to appear to be his own car and had it parked in the garage. See more »
The movie was based in the years 1977-1980 judging by Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, etc. In those days US$1 was approximately 8-9 Indian Rupees. So in the beginning when they said $2 was 125 Rupees, that is based on currency rates of 2015 on wards. See more »
This tale of an Indian boy's attempts to assimilate into 1970s USA while his father remains rooted in the culture of his homeland probably has more resonance for co-writer Anjul Nigram (who also plays Smith's father) than anyone who lived through the era, as pop culture references are kept to a minimum and its undersized hero's situation isn't relatable to many people. A winning performance from young Roni Akurati helps keep it afloat and overcome the unconvincing relationship between him and the father of the girl next door, but the ending is rushed and the whole thing feels too slight to sustain a feature-length pjcture.
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