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A student from India arrives in San Francisco and discovers that his sponsors have left and he will have to fend for himself.
Genre: Musicals
Rating: NR
Release Date: 1-MAR-2005
Media Type: DVD

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic May 17 2009
By Spotboy - Published on
Format: DVD
Okay, I directed this movie, so my opinion is skewed. To be honest, it's in no way perfect but it is interesting and is one of the very early examples of modest, indie, cross-cultural stories. I say: Check it out!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Point Taken March 26 2001
By William Klassen - Published on
Format: VHS Tape
This movie came out shortly before the movie "greencard", starring Gerarde Depardu. The both of them sharing hte same plot, yet director David Rathod was the first with the idea. Wanting to direct, produce, and edit his first full length film, Rathod found the money to make it happend, by asking friend and artist Huey Lewis to help him out.
The movie stars Ashutoh Gowariker as Vikram, a high school graduate come to America for a good college education. As soon as he steps foot in America, his Visa is shortend from 6 months to one. Putting that aside, he scouts out for his sponors home. Finding that they had left, and were not returning in the near future, he is forced to fend for himself in Downtown San Franciso. He soon finds a job, and a friend, Sue, a bohemian girl who is not as easy to be friends with as he hoped, and the time on his visa is running out. The movie is set as a romantic comedy, when it would be more towards a drama. Yes, tehre are funny parts, but alot of it is serious. Overall, Rathod does a good job in showing us the toils of coming to America. The music complementst the movie, a perfect soundtrack done by Sheila Chandra and Jai Uttal. I would recomend seeing this, it is worth the price. Final note, see if you can find comedian Gregory Proops within the movie.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
awful... July 2 2005
By D. Pawl - Published on
Format: VHS Tape
I picked up this film purely because I am a Westerner who appreciates and enjoys well-done, high quality Bollywood films, and was also drawn to the idea of crosscultural romance between a young native Californian and a native of India. The cover of the VHS box for this film should have been a tip-off for me. The majority of the movie looks as though it could have been shot in someone's garage, and it probably should have STAYED there.

Vikram is a young Indian man seeking a college education at Berkley, and comes to stay with his sponsors. Unfortunately, by a bad twist of fate, they are not there to receive him and he must seek out room and board on his own. He ends up taking a job as a front desk hotel clerk in exchange for a room, in the seedy Tenderloin district of San Francisco. Vikram encounters Sue, a young, aspiring Bohemian artist, with a bad mouth and a huge attitude. Why he falls for her, I don't know. Why they stay together, I really don't care. What is evident is that Vikram's visitors' visa has expired and he must marry a citizen or face deportation. Hmmm...I wonder where this is going in the plot. Haha....

This is one of the most poorly acted, badly written films EVER. Don't waste your $3.00 or the hour and a half it takes to get through it.
... learn that this movie was even available and so glad I got her at a great price Jan. 3 2015
By 'Jack' - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was very surprised to learn that this movie was even available and so glad I got her at a great price. I'm partial to this move… I was in it.
West is West July 14 2013
By Ann M. Boehrer - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My daughter helped make this movie and is an extra in some of the scenes. It was good to finally view it.