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The battle is on and the laughs begin when a small New Jersey town is caught in the grips of Bollywood fever! Five Indian-Americans and one Jewish Indophile step up to the mic for a no-holds-barred fight on and off the stage to crown the one and only DESI IDOL! Invoking the comedic styles of Christopher Guest and Woody Allen, LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS lampoons non-resident Indians and reality game shows in a laugh-out-loud romp for anyone who ever wanted to be a star.

THIS 2-DISC SET IS PACKED WITH SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDING:

Behind the Scene documentaries BELOW THE LOIN and FLY ON A FAKE WALL, Interviews with director Manish Acharya and actress Shabana Azmi, Short Films by Manish Acharya, Animated Music Video and Remix

Review

LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS" was utter fun for my whole family, with clever writing and good cheer. The director, Manish Acharya, is a unique voice. - --Mira Nair, Director (Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake)

LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS" was utter fun for my whole family, with clever writing and good cheer. The director, Manish Acharya, is a unique voice. - --Mira Nair, Director (Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake)

LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS" was utter fun for my whole family, with clever writing and good cheer. The director, Manish Acharya, is a unique voice. - --Mira Nair, Director (Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Shabana Azmi, Ajay Naidu, Ayesha Dharker, Michael Raimondi, Seema Rhamani
  • Directors: Manish Acharya
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IndiePix Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00375C260
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Digitante on June 9, 2010
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First of all, for the record, I'm not Indian. In fact I hardly know any Indians (offline anyway), but this movie still struck a chord with me.

Acharya is a better writer than a director, but he's not a bad director, and for a first film -- as writer, director, and actor -- this is a really impressive piece of work. I will be eagerly anticipating his next film.

The surface impression is just comedy. The characters are set-up like comic book stereotypes at the beginning, and if this were all, it would be a funny, if somewhat predictable film about a singing contest in an ethnic enclave in New Jersey (BTW: kudos to the production designers and set dressers -- although most of this film was actually shot in India, it's very convincing in depicting American settings).

However, that's _not_ all. There is also some drama as these extreme caricatures become dimensional and believable characters through well-written and well-acted scenes that really make you care for them. By the end, I not only felt I knew these characters, I really felt for them. In addition, there's a lot of fine detail and background acting that rewards multiple viewings.

My only real complaint is that there is no English subtitle track and the thick Indian accents spoiled the humor for me in a couple of places (I just couldn't understand what was said, and by the time I watched it again and figured it out, the joke wasn't so funny anymore).

The extras disk is nice, and includes a couple of versions of the music video. One was animated by Nina Paley of
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keb on January 5, 2011
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This is a beautiful and hilarious film. It uses the singing contest to address the issues of culture and ethnicity in a melting-pot society, yet it is not weighed down by the more serious issues it tackles. Humor and heart bring the characters to life, and the music makes me want to get up and dance.

It isn't a movie for little kids (there are a few adult moments, including a brief scene where someone is watching porn and a character who uses foul language), but mature teens and adults will really enjoy this movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 21, 2011
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A mockumentary in the spirit of Christopher Guest's `Best in Show'. This has fewer laughs, but more heart.

A `Desi Idol' Hindi singing contest is sponsored by a meat company in New Jersey
(hence the title). A very odd assortment of contestants, including a young Jewish guy,
and a gay Indian rapper vie for the crown as we follow each of their stories.

While clearly done on a tiny budget, the acting is all good, often better than that. And there is such an infectious good will to the piece that I forgave any rough edges.

I didn't laugh a lot, but I smiled almost the whole time I was watching. And any film that can
do that is alright by me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K.B. Pitzer on May 20, 2010
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This is one of those rare movies that gets better each time you see it. Masterfully written. Great comic timing throughout. If Mel Brooks were an American Idol fan from Bollywood, he might dream up some of these characters: a sleazy events promoter who shows up at women's hotel rooms with a boom box and a Gipsy Kings tape; a confused and fearful American couple and a hotel guest unluckily named Saddam Hussein; a Hindi rapper with no shame and a serious chip on his shoulder; the overbearing Patel family; and many, many more! Genius. A must see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chungking on August 30, 2010
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Hilarious, and very feel good. The caricatures of various Indian ethnicities are spot on, and yet you always know the filmmaker's heart is in the right place.

If you are Indian, you will love this.

If you know Indians, you may love this, and you'll definitely understand just a little better where your Indian friends are coming from.

If you are not Indian and don't know any Indians ... where the hell do you live, without engineers, doctors, motels?!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Teslovich on November 17, 2010
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The highlight was the novel and creative presentation of "breakin" (breakdancing) with Bollyrap (Hindirap) - well done and "Spot on". The storyline was creative with many funny subplots one of which was an important moral message of acceptance of a person irrespective of nationality or ethnic background.

My only minor criticisms are a less than developed story, too little performing relative to the potential in that area and lack of subtitles so that nuances of language and understanding of songs could be more appreciated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amit Talpade on May 29, 2010
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This is a small movie that has been made by an NRI and thus should appeal to them because this film has a combination of many moments that may not be classic movie moving but they keep you entertained.
Loins of Punjab is a meat processor of pork loins, they sponsor a three day singing contest in New Jersey for singing hopefuls. This contests attracts a few hopefuls and has the film giving us a brief introduction to these contestants at the beginning of the movie.
These characters briefly are Shabana Azmi who wants to win the contest at any costs so that she can donate the money to charity and earn bragging rights with her socialite friends.
Isshita Sharma a 17 year brilliant student who wants to pursue a career in arts despite her parents wishes, who want her to study medicine or engineering.
Seema Rahmani, who does not speak a word of Hindi and her rendition of Bole Chudiyan towards the end of the movie.
The director, Manish Acharya, himself who plays a futures analyst who wants to win the contest so that he can tide himself over until he finds a new job.
The promoter who wants to make a career in event management and Ajay Naidu starring a Turbanotorious BDG a rapper, these are the characters that make the movie lively.
The white guy Michael Raimondi who is besotted with India and his Indian girlfriend played by Ayesha Dharker,
This may not be a movie with big stars but the script is pleasant and there are many moments that will keep you entertained. The music is not too bad either. I gave it three stars and enjoyed it. 5/26/10
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