American Desi
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Suffers from a lack of sophistication and polish."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Has some amusing moments, most involving the unwinding of the strait- laced Salim. But most of the conflicts it sets up are paper tigers."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The script is often obvious and much of the acting is amateurish."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"even when the plot doesn't always satisfy, the movie's general demeanor and tone is humorously rewarding"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"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."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"Extremely funny whether or not you are an American Desi."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"At times the movie plays out like a silly sitcom, but with the realistic and witty writing lightly poking fun at tradition, Desi's cute story can't help but shine through."
‑ , E! Online
"Clubfooted but earnest, Pandya's movie never forgets about its second-gen issues, but never quite plumbs them, either."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"An entertaining breakthrough film that puts Indian faces on the screen."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Leaves you squirming more than dancing."
‑ Vijay Panjeti, Citysearch
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