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by Krutin Patel
the Story: The
film centers around immigrant Anju Mehta (Madhur Jaffrey)
and her two grown Desi children, Raj (Faran Tahir), a hardworking
accountant, and Nina (Sheetal Sheth), a successful ad executive.
Raj is the obedient son who dutifully entered an arranged
engagement with a traditional Indian woman whom he doesn't
quite love, and Nina is the angry daughter who uses promiscuity
as a weapon of rebellion. Anju is the typical Indian matriarch
who wishes the best for her children but often gets her goodwill
mistaken for oppression. For the kids, it's a constant struggle
to balance their American identity with their mother's plea
that they not forget their Indian roots.
deals with issues and situations that many Asian-American
kids often face, and the film is obviously told from the point
of view of the Desi children. But the film actually makes
me feel more sympathy for the Indian mother. At times, I'm
not even sure which "side" the filmmaker is standing
on. It's as if the filmmaker himself is just as confused as
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Plot Outline: The only goal of an ageing
Asian-American widow is to see her son and rebellious daughter
(described as an American Born Confused Deshi or ABCD) married
off to respectable Indian families.
The story of Raj and Nina, first generation Asian Indian
immigrant children who have grown up in America, and their
aging mother, Anju, who is desperately trying to rationalize
the family's emigration to America.