Loins of Punjab Presents

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Director, cowriter and actor Manish Acharya’s scrappy comedy refracts the quirks, pretensions and self-delusions of American-born desis (South Asians raised outside India) through the prism of “Desi Icon,” a music competition sponsored by New Jersey meat purveyor Loins of Punjab. The featured contestants include a foulmouthed gay bhangra rapper, a wealthy housewife (Azmi) looking to score philanthropic points by donating the winnings to charity, a white-boy wanna-be (Raimondi) and a talented teen (Sharma) desperate to escape her family’s stifling expectations. The more you know about Bollywood clichés, desi neuroses and Indian-on-Indian stereotypes, the funnier you’ll find Acharya’s merciless in-jokes.

Release details

Rated: NR
Release date: Friday September 12 2008
Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Manish Acharya
Screenwriter: Manish Acharya, Anuvab Pal
Cast: Shabana Azmi
Ishitta Sharma
Michael Raimondi
Seema Rahmani
Jameel Khan
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