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American Desi (2001)




Critic Consensus: American Desi ends up being rather amateurish and doesn't mine its subject matter as thoroughly as it could.

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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.


Deep Katdare
as Krishna Gopal Reddy/Kris
Ronobir Lahiri
as Jagjit Singh
Rizwan Manji
as Salim Ali Khan
Kal Penn
as Ajay Pandya
Purva Bedi
as Nina Shah
Sunita Param
as Farah Saaed
Anil Kumar
as Rakesh Patel
as Gautam Rao
Eric Axen
as Eric Berger
Krishen Mehta
as Krishna's Father
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Critic Reviews for American Desi

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Suffers from a lack of sophistication and polish.

March 30, 2001

The main flaw ... is its willingness to sacrifice the intrinsic fascination of its subject, and the charm of its talented cast on the altar of cultural correctness.

March 16, 2001

Clubfooted but earnest, Pandya's movie never forgets about its second-gen issues, but never quite plumbs them, either.

March 15, 2001

Has some amusing moments, most involving the unwinding of the strait- laced Salim. But most of the conflicts it sets up are paper tigers.

March 15, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/5

American Desi is not a radical new brand of cinema. It just tells a straight story of reconciling with one's identity in a simple and at times naive and predictable manner.

January 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Extremely funny whether or not you are an American Desi.

February 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

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