American Desi
American Desi (2001)

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,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2003
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Suffers from a lack of sophistication and polish.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

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

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

The script is often obvious and much of the acting is amateurish.

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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post

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 W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

Extremely funny whether or not you are an American Desi.

E! Online

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.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

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

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

An entertaining breakthrough film that puts Indian faces on the screen.

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Vijay Panjeti

Leaves you squirming more than dancing.

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