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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 »

Director:

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 ... 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Quotes

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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Fun and forceful look and crossing cultures and coming of age
25 March 2002 | by pattkntSee all my reviews

I've just seen American Chai and listened to the director and actor discuss their film. I must say the portrayal of Indian American lives was most interesting. The way in which the young college students cope with their heritage, the different American mores and the humor they use to express themselves, make this a wonderful film, not just about coming of age as an Indian American, but coming of age period. The music for the film was also quite moving.


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