San Jose in America! America!!

San Jose is of course in America. However, I’m referring to the Kannada (Indian regional language) movie titled America! America!!. The movie, released in 1995-96 made big waves, but it took me so long to check it out. What timing though, coincidentally!

Though basically a triangular love story, the setting is mostly in the USA. It covers aspects like the life of Indian immigrants and the job scene. What more, most of it is in San Jose and the surrounding areas.

Sample these:

  • One guy lands in San Francisco airport and calls up his friend. The friend gives him directions to get home in a cab. He asks him to come on I-280 South and take the Saratoga Avenue exit and reach his house on Moorpark Avenue. He adds that the cab ride would cost about $25!
  • Though the protagonists visit the mandatory New York and Las Vegas, they are rooted in our region. The windmills (near Livermore?) make many an appearance and so does the Golden Gate bridge.
  • One of the protagonists works in the Silicon Valley and is laid off a little after being appreciated by his boss.

Why am I blogging about a possibly obscure movie, which might have been a hit but not really a great one? Just to share the thrill of life in the Bay Area covered in a not-so-recent movie. I wouldn’t have related to the movie so much if I hadn’t moved in here.

4 Comments so far

  1. Gary Wiens (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 11:03 am

    Available at the downtown King library. No English subtitles.

  2. randramble (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 6:35 am


    I missed adding that the DVD didn’t have English subtitles.

  3. Karthik (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 12:31 am

    Dude, are you from karnataka??..
    i am visiting san jose officially.. dont know anything abt san jose..?? could you help me out??

  4. randramble (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 6:22 am

    Hi Karthik. Let’s take this offline…

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