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Loins of Punjab Presents (2007)

A ruthless philantrophist. A bhangra rapper. An over-protected prodigy. A reckless actress. A lovelorn businessman. An entrepreneurial yogi. And a Loin King. Enter a roller-coaster world of... See full summary »

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Manish Acharya
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shabana Azmi ... Rrita Kapoor
Ajay Naidu ... Turbanotorious B.D.G.
Ayesha Dharker ... Opama Menon
Michael Raimondi Michael Raimondi ... Josh Cohen
Seema Rahmani ... Sania Rehman
Jameel Khan Jameel Khan ... Mr. Bokade
Darshan Jariwala ... Sanjeev Patel
Ishita Sharma Ishita Sharma ... Preeti Patel
Manish Acharya Manish Acharya ... Vikram Tejwani
Kunaal Roy Kapur ... Mr. White
Loveleen Mishra Loveleen Mishra ... Alpa Patel
Kory Bassett ... Otto
Samrat Chakrabarti ... Trance Sen (Judge)
Sanjiv Jhaveri Sanjiv Jhaveri ... Chris G. (Judge)
Avantika Akerkar Avantika Akerkar ... Ashwini (Judge)
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A ruthless philantrophist. A bhangra rapper. An over-protected prodigy. A reckless actress. A lovelorn businessman. An entrepreneurial yogi. And a Loin King. Enter a roller-coaster world of seven strangers whose lives collide during a singing contest in a small New Jersey town. Written by Manish Acharya

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A comedy about life and other contests.

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Comedy | Music

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Country:

India

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2007 (Indonesia) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,850, 14 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,891, 9 November 2008
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Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the course of the few days of a talent contest to decide the American Desi idol we see how the individual journeys change, even define, the lives of the contestants.
2 May 2007 | by sumantra-1See all my reviews

I saw the film quite by chance and was laughing out loud within the first 2 minutes. But to say that the film is very funny is to understate the case. It works on several levels thanks to deft observations of character supported by superb ensemble performances. Ostensibly about a group of hopefuls in a talent contest it explores much more than what the narrative declares. We see and, more importantly, feel the emotional trajectories of several lives as they jostle for their place in the spotlight. Each has a special, individual reason for being there. But, in the course of the few days of the contest, we see how essentially the journeys (rather than the end result) change, even define, these lives. The separate (but interlinked) stories propel the film on the narrative level. But if "Loins of Punjab Presents" had limited itself to simply telling these stories it would have fallen into the genre trap of the "feel-good" film. It would then have been enjoyable but ephemeral. The greater, and more lasting, joy of the film is the manner in which it springboards off the several dramas to comment on a range of contemporary obsessions. In a genre that is weighed down by cliché and triteness, this film stands out for being fresh,warm and, happily, the right length.


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