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Green Card Fever

* Feb 06, 2003: Green Card Fever had proved to be a dud at the BO when it released August 22 in the US, failing to duplicate Desi's $1 million gross in North America.

USA, Aug. 22, 2003

Green Card Fever was released in 37 theatres in North America on Friday. "Green Card Fever" valiantly attempts to dramatize the disheartening Alice-in-Wonderland world that confronts illegal immigrants in the United States. This includes corrupt immigration lawyers, Immigration and Naturalization Service bullies and an entire judicial system.

The story of the movie is that the U.S. immigration system is designed to reward deception and punish candor. Its hero, a young Indian (Vikram Dasu) who has overstayed his visa, struggles to find anyone within that system who will truly help him get a green card. Instead, he is exploited by shady lawyers and opportunistic bosses as he hides out in an underworld of fellow illegal aliens, living a furtive existence that denies everyone his humanity.

There is one honest character, an attorney (Deep Katdare) with a Sikh background. But he is such a tiresome snob that even an eleventh-hour change of heart fails to redeem him. Meanwhile, a fumbling romance of sorts develops between our hero and an Indian-American woman (Purva Bedi).

Rajashekaruni underwrites and overdirects every scene, creating a host of superficial and shrill characters while asking his actors to exaggerate every dramatic moment. He also favors extreme close-ups of his actors, a serious disadvantage when one's director adores hammy acting. Much of the film is downright amateurish. One actor, masquerading as a Sikh, wears an awful fake beard and a shoddily tied turban. Technical credits are rudimentary, and many actors appear to be nonpros.


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