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American Desi [Special Director's Editon DVD/CD] (2001)

Cast: Deep Katdare, Deep Katdare, Purva Bedi, more...
Director: Piyush Dinker Pandya, Piyush Dinker Pandya
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Studio: Cinebella
Genre: Independent, India
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English
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A feature film debut for Indian director Piyush Dinker Pandya, American Desi centers around Krishna Reddy (Deep Katdare), who calls himself Kris to escape the traditionalism of his Indian family. Desiring to be an all-American type of guy, Kris enters college with good friend Eric (Eric Axen) and begins a new world of freedom away from his protective family. As soon as he arrives on campus, he learns that he has been roomed with three Indian roommates: Jagjit (Ronobir Lahiri), a budding artist, Salim (Rizwan Manji), an old-fashioned believer in Eastern ideals, and Ajay (Kal Penn), who immerses himself in Afrocentric culture. Kris also meets a young student named Nina (Purva Bedi), with whom he falls instantly in love, but fails at first to realize that she too is Indian. An unforeseen opponent, Rakesh (Anil Kumar), threatens to separate the two, with his appreciation of the lifestyles Kris has often rejected in favor of a more American bent. Through his relationship with Nina, Kris begins to get in touch with his heritage, finding that the Western adoptions he has clung to his whole life have prevented him from discovering his true identity. ~ Jason Clark, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Poor, boring by krisalm May 31, 2004 - 12:40 PM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I like the idea behind this film; a look at a (ridiculously) westernized Indian-American's first year at college where (somehow) he's forced to confront other Indian-Americans and his culture for the first time. The main character is incredibly simple and dense to the point of being absurd, so the movie isn't that enjoyable or even as poignant as it could be... You just can't care whether or not he actually makes any friends or gets the girl.

What the hell is an ABCD? Well... by ggsuperhero June 17, 2003 - 11:14 AM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
It's not Bollywood. It's not Hollywood. It's pretty low budget independent film that does a fabulous job of making light of the life of an ABCD (American Born Confused Desi), an Indian who is born and raised in the States.

Despite the small budget and relatively new actors/actresses and crew, it does a great job of telling a really funny story. Excellent performances and a lively soundtrack make this film a must see for anyone ABCD or not.

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