Dude, Where's the Party?

Dude, Where's the Party?

Director: Benny Mathews

Cast: Benny Mathews, Kal Penn, Sunil Malhotra, Prem Shah

     
 

Before leaving India for college in Houston, Hari (Sunil Malhotra) consults an astrologer, who tells him that he'll meet the woman of his dreams there, that her name will begin with a "P," and that she'll fall from the sky. Hari moves in with friends of the family, the Bakshis, and meets Mo (Kal Penn of American Desi), their slacker son. Mo is a fully…  See more details below

Overview

Before leaving India for college in Houston, Hari (Sunil Malhotra) consults an astrologer, who tells him that he'll meet the woman of his dreams there, that her name will begin with a "P," and that she'll fall from the sky. Hari moves in with friends of the family, the Bakshis, and meets Mo (Kal Penn of American Desi), their slacker son. Mo is a fully assimilated ABCD (American Born Confused Desi), and while he's proud to be Indian, he's ashamed of his socially inept FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) "cousin," who wears clashing outfits, puts coconut oil in his hair, and speaks with a heavy accent. At school, Hari meets Priya (Tina Cherian), a ditzy beauty who literally falls into his lap. Hari is quickly convinced that Priya is the girl the astrologer told him about, and he offers to tutor her in math. Mo is smitten with Janvi (Serena Varghese), a student filmmaker. She's making a video about what it means to be South Asian in America, and Mo invites her to one of the "Desi Fever" parties he promotes. The evening turns into a disaster when Janvi films Ray (Prem Shah), the radio personality who runs the party, rudely kicking out an FOB, Sham (co-screenwriter Sunil Thakkar), and Ray smashes her tape. While Hari is determined to help Mo win back Janvi, Mo won't even tell Hari about the next exclusive party he's promoting, which Priya is sure to attend. Where's the Party, Yaar? was based partly on Thakkar's experiences as a DJ and party promoter in Houston. The film was helmed by music video director Benny Mathews and features the music of Panjabi MC and Cornershop. It was shown at the 2003 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Where's the Party, Yaar? is an entertainingly jaunty take on the fish-out-of-water story. First-time feature director Benny Mathews uses his music video experience to keep the film zipping along with a bright palette and a bouncy soundtrack, helping the film overcome some crude ethnic humor. The first ten minutes or so are distinctly unpromising, as Hari, Sunil Malhotra's broad caricature of a recent Indian immigrant, stumbles his way through the initial few scenes in unimpressive slapstick style; but Malhotra and the film eventually move beyond stereotypes, creating a likable character. Kal Penn, as Hari's indolent American-born counterpart, Mo, is an ingratiating presence. The supporting performances are generally good, especially co-screenwriter/executive producer Sunil Thakkar as Sham, an Indian immigrant who's been in the states just a short time longer than Hari, but considers himself a cool expert on American culture. The film peaks when it references the culture of Bollywood films, typified by a wonderful comic dance sequence, performed in the rain by Mo and his friends, in a fruitless effort to win Janvi's (Serena Varghese) heart. Where's the Party, Yaar? features an exciting cross-cultural soundtrack that mixes traditional bhangra with hip-hop beats. While the music and genially upbeat mood of the film are winning, there's a sloppiness to some sections, particularly the abrupt and unsatisfying ending. The film's mix of clever cultural references and crude (but not heartless) ethnic humor is perfectly summed up by the briefly glimpsed entries on Hari's "To Do" list, which include "Buy deodorant" and "Finish watching Lagaan." If you can appreciate both of those jokes, you'll probably find Where's the Party, Yaar? an utter delight.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
UPC:
0012236171065
Original Release:
2003
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
66,779

Special Features

Full screen; 2.0 stereo; Closed captions; Trailers; Spanish subtitles; Digitally mastered

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kal Penn Mohan Bakshi
Sunil Malhotra Hari Patel
Prem Shah Ray
Serena Varghese Janvi Valia
Tina Cherian Priya Varghese
Mousmi Dave Poonam
Sunil Thakkar Sham Bhalabhatrapatramukhi
Indrevan Trivedi Jotish

Technical Credits
Benny Mathews Director,Screenwriter
Shimit Amin Editor
Randy Cole Art Director,Production Designer
Anthony Fennel Cinematographer
Dave Howard Sound/Sound Designer
Soham Mehta Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Peter Nubile Sound/Sound Designer
Rikesh Patel Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Deppy Sichu Associate Producer
Sunil Thakkar Producer,Screenwriter
Sandhya Thakkar Executive Producer
Farid Virani Executive Producer
Asha Virani Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Los Angeles/Prophesy [6:09]
2. Coming to America [8:09]
3. School Daze [8:33]
4. Janvi's Documentary [8:20]
5. Desi Meltdown [7:02]
6. Bombay Place [5:10]
7. Doing the Math [7:41]
8. Hooray for Bollywood [5:47]
9. Extreme Makeover [4:19]
10. Where's the Party, Yaar? [6:54]
11. Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Shabda [4:43]
12. Night of Desi Fever [5:17]
13. Dinner With Dad [7:02]
14. F.O.B./V.I.P. [4:54]
15. When Hari Met Poonam [5:36]
16. The Party's Over [3:21]
17. Awakening [4:36]
18. End Credits [5:02]
1. Los Angeles/Prophesy [6:09]
2. Coming to America [8:09]
3. School Daze [8:33]
4. Janvi's Documentary [8:20]
5. Desi Meltdown [7:02]
6. Bombay Place [5:10]
7. Doing the Math [7:41]
8. Hooray for Bollywood [5:47]
9. Extreme Makeover [4:19]
10. Where's the Party, Yaar? [6:54]
11. Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Shabda [4:43]
12. Night of Desi Fever [5:17]
13. Dinner With Dad [7:02]
14. F.O.B./V.I.P. [4:54]
15. When Hari Met Poonam [5:36]
16. The Party's Over [3:21]
17. Awakening [4:36]
18. End Credits [5:02]

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