"You guys have this tremendous opportunity. You guys can be legends. Who knows... you might be [India's] Letterman."
About the Film
American Hasi (Hindi for "American laughter") follows stand-up comedian Tushar Singh and his number one fan—his mom—on a 35-day comedy tour across six cities in India as he hits stages with dark, self-deprecating, often risqué stand-up material.
Born and raised “the chubby brown kid” in Alabama with deeply traditional Hindu parents set Tushar up for a life of never quite fitting in. After losing his job for making disparaging remarks about his company’s HR manager on the company-wide Skype chatroom, Tushar decides he’s had enough of his double life—working a mundane daytime job and doing comedy at night—and decides to embark on the tour, clinging to hopes that he can fast track his way to a full-time comedy career in an emerging scene where audiences will “get him” better than Americans.
In India, Tushar interacts with foreign audiences for the first time; gets life-changing advice from Russell Peters, Bill Burr, and Vir Das; and attempts to reconcile his career goals and creative identity with his family’s sacrifices and conservative upbringing. American Hasi is a funny and delightfully awkward story that captures the struggles of the brave few who try to make a living out of their creative passion.
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