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American Blend (2006)
Anupam Kher, Dee Wallace-Stone, Ranjit Chowdhry, David
Oyelowo, Ruben Garfias, Kristin Erickson, Amrapali
Ambegaokar, Amita Balla, Noorali Dodhia
Set in Los Angeles, California, this 99-minute film opens
at Bollywood Caf? -- a restaurant run by Raj Chadha (Anupam
Kher). Jayme (Dee Wallace Stone), an American Indian classical
dancer, is Raj's second wife. They live with Raj's children
-- Niki (Amita Balla) and BJ (Sunkrish Bala), and Jayme's
daughter Maya (Kristin Erickson). Jayme and Maya are both
passionate about kathak, an Indian dance form. At their
caf?, they have an Indian and Spanish cook (Ranjit Chowdhar
and Ruben Garfias), who keep fighting about whose recipes
Movie Review and links:
Review: I was one of the lucky chap to watch
it during its world premiere at recently held Osian
film festival in New Delhi. I must say , the director
has done his home work and has done a great job in blending
the Indian and US culture. The movie is about an India
Father and an American wife, and their 3 children's.
the selection of actors is also very nice. Its a kind
of movie with which lots of people can identify with.
the music was awesome and the characterization was really
great. The sequence of tap dancing and kathak was one
of the best blend of culture i have seen on the screen..
Although the climax could have been etched out better,
it isn't abrupt. The film has its light and emotional
moments. Chris Gosch's cinematography is strictly okay,
while Abu Malik's music does not disappoint. And yes,
the choreography by Amrapali Ambegaonkar is one of the