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knows that the only way to get anything done in
the U.S. is to sue someone!
immigration "experts," pimping parents, and
the hot pursuit of a green card make up Bala Rajasekharuni's
directorial debut, "Green Card Fever," a romantic
comedy/drama. Vikram Dasu stars as the naïve Murali
Ravilapind, a runaway student from a cultural exchange
program who overstays his visa, and so desperately seeks
legality in the US. He can't just return home. His father
sees him as a failure, and he's a dancer. Trapped between
poverty and illegal status in the US and more poverty
and failure back home, what can Murali do to solve all
his problems? Why, sue his lawyer for his green card
of course! Everyone knows that the only way to get anything
done in the U.S. is to sue someone.
white-washed lawyer, Omjeet Singh, finds that there's
truth to the saying: what goes around comes around.
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it makes no sense to sue Murali's white-washed Indian-American
lawyer Omjeet Singh (Deep Katdare), but it's not Murali's
idea. Even though the yuppie chews the FOB (Fresh Off
the Boat) out for trying to relate to him ethnically,
Murali is too honest to cook up such a plot.
he foolishly trusts the slimy Indian-American "Godfather"
of Immigration, played by Kaaizad Kotwal. In partnership
with the unscrupulous lawyer Chan (Robert Lin), the
"Godfather" manipulates Murali's trustfulness
in order to have him give false testimony against Omjeet
Singh, the lawyer whose free council Murali first seeks.
The "Godfather" and Chan make empty promises
to their illegal immigrant clients about getting them
green cards, while making money off of their physical
labor. Singh, the rude but ethical lawyer, stands in
their way of extorting money from trusting immigrants
entrusting his legalization proceedings to the "Godfather",
Murali searches for work at the Telugu Conference, where
he meets the Americanized Bharati (Purva Bedi). She
mistakes his flirtation as a courtship for a green card
and ridicules him for his "Indianness". But
how can you really blame her? Her pimping parents deck
her out in a bright red, midriff-bearing, two-piece
as a trophy bride for any helpmeet-hunting Desi software
geek that suits them. (She already has a long-time boyfriend,
but he's white so he doesn't count. Her parents may
not even now about him.) But since she has American
values, she curbs neither her repulsion at this practice,
nor any of her disgust at her other slithery "true-love"
thinks to himself: Must overcome "Desi shyness."
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anti-Indian insults are thrown back at her however by
her prejudiced white boyfriend. She then turns to Murali,
and so is paved a bumpy road to romance. Their relationship
strengthens his need to live in the US.
though "Green Card Fever" has its laughs,
tenderness and sympathy arousing moments, it is heavily
plagued with overly dramatic emotional scenes, exaggerated
racism, a good deal of bad acting, and an awkwardly
resolved "Indianizing" subplot for Singh.
It has lots of potential to be a great satirical comedy,
but it just didn't come together right.
low budget debut would probably disappoint American
audiences (though they seem to be targeted) but will
probably work its magic on Bollywood fans, even without
the typical Bollywood song and dance sequences.
Card Fever" opened in selected theaters Friday,
August 22nd, and is currently only playing at the Naz
8 Cinemas Theater in Lakewood, CA
out naz8.com, or greencardfever.com
for more information.