Starring Aalok Mehta, Sheetal Sheth, Aasif Mandvi, and Paresh Rawal.
Directed by Anurag Mehta.

Sureel (Aalok Mehta) is a first generation Indian American college graduating senior music major who’s controlling father (Paresh Rawal) 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 explored.



Audience Award, Best Feature – Slamdance Film Festival (2001)

Audience Award – Gen Art Festival (2001)

Best Feature Film – Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (2001)

Technical Achievement – Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (2001)

Grand Jury Prize (nominated) – Slamdance Film Festival (2001)




Behind the scenes


American Chai on IMDB