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South Asians & South Asian Diaspora in Film

ABCD (1999)

Directed by Krutin Patel. This is the story of an Indian family living in the suburbs of New Jersey. Anju is a widow who believes in tradition and is reluctant to accept the mores of American society. Her main goal is to see that her two children get married to respectable Indian partners. Raj is the "good son", engaged to a devoted and traditional Indian girl. While Nina is the wild child, rebelling against her mother and all Indian customs. Both of the childrens' lives are changed dramatically when they find themselves attracted to a person that they least expected. 103 min.

American Desi (2001)

Directed by Piyush Dinker Pandya. College freshman Krishna Reddy, who has never cared for his East Indian-American cultural heritage, looks forward to a new life on campus but is surprised to find that he has been assigned Indian roommates. Through his new experiences, he struggles to understand the side of himself he has always turned his back on in order to fit in. 100 min. Online Access through LFLFC ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Americanizing Shelley (2007)

Directed by Lorraine Senna. Cast: Namrata Singh Gujral, Brad Raider, Ronreaco Lee, Shaheen Khan, Phillip Rhys, Wil Wheaton, Beau Bridges. Responding to a challenge thrown by the CEO of a Hollywood management company, a wanna-be Hollywood player from the deep South sets out to Americanize an Indian girl straight from the Himalayas. As he teaches her all about the American way of life and what it takes to be a Hollywood celebrity, he ends up learning a thing or two about his own life. 90 min.

Anita & Me (2002)

Directed by Metin Huseyin. Cast: Max Beesley, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Anna Brewster, Kathy Burke, Ayesha Dharker, Omid Djalili, Alex Freeborn, Lynn Redgrave, Zohra Segal, Meera Syal, Christine Tremarco, Chandeep Uppal, Mark Williams. Explore the world of 12-year-old Meena, who has moved to England with her Indian family. She is embarassed by her eccentric relatives and friends, and latches onto the town bad girl, rebellious Anita Rutter. Based on the novel by Meera Syal. 92 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Shaznay Lewis, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson. Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team. 112 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bhaji on the Beach (UK, 1995)

Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Lalita Ahmed, Peter Cellier, Amer Chadha-Patel, Souad Faress, Tanveer Ghani, Jimmi Harkishin, Sarita Khajuria, Shaheen Khan, Rena Kochar, Surendra Kochar, Akbar Kurtha, Nisha Nayar, Zohra Segal, Mo Sesay, Kim Vithana. A comedy about a group of Indian women, living in England, who are brought together by a day at the beach. In the course of their day together , their ordinary lives become an extraordinary celebration. A unique look at female friendship. 100 min.

Bollywood and Vine (1970)

Directors, Edward Jordon & Donald Farmer. Cast: Skye Aubrey, Jamey Schrick, J.R. Jones, Trish Dempsey. Bhuvan is a Hollywood bus driver obsessed with the idea of taking aging scream queen Delilah back home to Bollywood. When he finally meets her, he finds out that it is actually her son in drag. To help the romance, Delilah locks the two in the attic. 85 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bombay Talkie (1970)

Director, James Ivory. A sophisticated American woman comes to Bombay and falls for two men involved in filmmaking in this affectionate, bemused view of Bollywood -- India's huge movie-making dream factory. Along the way she flees to an ashram to take up the spiritual life -- hilariously -- but eventually succeeds in destroying the marriage of one man and the careers of both. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Brick Lane (UK / India, 2007)

Directed by Sarah Gavron. Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson. Follows the life of Nazneen a young Muslim girl who leaves her Bangladeshi village after an arranged marriage at seventeen. She and her husband move to London's East End. There she tries to devote herself to duty and family, yet is drawn to Karim, a young hothead. The story is set in 1980s Britain, during a climate of rising racial tensions. Based on the novel by Monica Ali. 102 min.

Bride & Prejudice (2004)

Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Madira Babbar, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar, Daniel Gillies, Indira Varma, Sonali Kulkarni, Nitin Ganatra, Ashanti. Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, with a Bollywood twist. In Ammritsar, the determined Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find matches for her four daughters. Second sister, Lalita, meets American Will Darcy - but is it love? 111 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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