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American Chai (2001)
: Anurag Mehta
the Story: 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
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AMERICAN CHAI is a funny, heartfelt, coming-of-age story about
SUREEL, a first generation Indian-American college boy who
canít tell his traditional parents he wants to be a musician,
not a doctor.
up, Sureel just wanted to be like his American friends, but
his strict, immigrant parents kept a tight rein on his life.
No dating, no staying out late, no music, no R rated movies,
no prime time TV, etc. The traditional Indian upbringing at
home, coupled with the progressive American world around him,
made for a life of duality and deception.
in his senior year at college, Sureelís deceptive ways have
reached an all-time low. His parents think heís graduating
pre-med, but in reality heís a music major, following his
rock and roll dreams.
the story unfolds, Sureel must discover who he really is and
what he really wants. Does he pay the price for following
his dreams? Does he reveal his secret life to his parents
and risk their rejection? In AMERICAN CHAI, Sureel falls in
love, faces the music, and discovers his destiny.
soundtrack features songs from lead actor AALOK MEHTA, JEFF
BUCKLEY, the Philly-based band FATHEAD, and the California-based
South-Asian underground artists RUKUS AVENUE.
Movie Review and links:
Review: Plot Outline: Sureel is a first generation
Indian American college graduating senior music major who's
controlling father still believes that he is pre-med...
: A funny, heartfelt, coming-of-age story about Sureel,
a first generation Indian-American college boy who can't
tell his traditional parents he wants to be a musician,
not a doctor. (Fusion Films)