This is the name of a low-budget movie which is billed as a romantic comedy. I did not find it either romantic or funny.
The "romance" occurs between Naveen who comes to the NY-NJ area on an H-1B visa and an Indian-American woman who is the friend of Bobby, the guy who owns the body shop that is his "employer". The drama, romance and comedy - such as they are - result from the cultural divide between the FOB (fresh of the boat) and ABCD (American-Born Confused/Compassionate Desi).
I urge everyone to watch it (it is available on Netflix), if only to see the business practices of body shops that bring hordes of H-1B visa holders to these shores. On the very first day, Bobby tells Naveen the rules:
- he will stay at the "guest house" with 3 other H-1Bs
- he will not be paid while he is on the bench
- he cannot smoke or drink or party or have girlfriends over, and so on.
In one scene Bobby listens in on a phone call that Naveen makes. At one point there is a reference to a job interview and after some time Naveen seems to land an actual job. I thought H-1Bs were granted to people who already have jobs. Fool me!
One of Naveen's room-mates is shown watching a cricket match on TV. When he gets a call from the office, he tells them he is home sick (because he has paid all of $70 to subscribe to the cricket match), and then goes on to arrogantly describe how indispensable he is at his job.
The questionable business practices are bad enough. But, the fact that they are portrayed without any qualms whatsoever is simply shocking. Even the other characters (Indians) who have nothing to do with IT, but who are familiar with these under-handed business practices, don't express any misgivings or reservations about associating with Bobby and Naveen. The tone of the movie suggests that when it comes to Indians and outsourcing considerations of ethics, morality or truth are non-existent . It is all about the mighty dollar and somehow obtaining the coveted green card.
After watching this movie, I googled the name of the producer/director. His name is Manish Gupta.and here is his bio:
A native of Madhya Pradesh, Gupta believes in experimenting—with his films and his life. After taking his MBA from Haryana’s Kurukshetra University, he moved from Delhi to Mumbai to Indore working in airlines, in travel agencies and as a university professor. These were interspersed with spells as a writer, painter and photographer. "I kept changing hats," he says. "It was very easy." Then, in 1998, he felt his life was going nowhere and migrated to the US with Malvika. They worked as software programmers before Gupta moved into IT marketing and sales.
I cannot help wondering how a guy with this resume becomes one of the so-called "best and brightest". In a sense, reading his bio explains how he (and people he associates with) likely got to America.
As an Indian-American who works in IT, I hang my head in shame.