The film & Comedy Tour
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 famous comedians including Russell Peters and Bill Burr, 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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