about five NRIs (Indian-American) with one Jewish Indophile
Acharya- Producer and director who studied filmmaking
in New York.
(Without question the
funniest movie of the year)
Manish Acharya wins "popular" IFFLA award for "Loins
of Punjab Presents" movie
Mumbay, May 11, 2008
Manish Acharya, director for "Loins of Punjab
Presents" told media today:
- It was shown at the prestigious Arclight Theatre on Sunset Boulevard.
That in itself was a dream come true. The award was gratifying
because the audience award is not selected by a handpicked jury.
It's a fully popular award given to the most popular film of the
- I'd rather have the most popular than the best film for 'Loins
Of Punjab' . There was just one show. And I had an inkling that
my film would get it because the theatre was full and there were
hordes who stood up and watched the film. And there was laughter
After the screening in US, there have been many offers to acquire
the film for the US. I'm hoping the film will be accepted as more
than a celebration of Bollywood songs and traditions.
Loins of Punjab Presents"
Los Angeles, Sep30, 2007
Ashok Mehta/Gary Singh
LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS is one of the first films to combine the
musical vibrancy of a Bollywood film with a narrative rhythm that
emerges from the West and without question the funniest movie of
the year - think Monsoon Wedding meets Annie Hall, in a diner in
Queens, for a masala omelette.
LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS stars National Award winner and International
star Shabana Azmi (Fire, Arth, City of Joy) along with Broadway
& West End lead Ayesha Dharker (Bombay Dreams, Star Wars Episode
II, The Terrorist) & American Indie favorite Ajay Naidu (Office
Space, Suburbia, Bad Santa), in addition to various theatre and
TV luminaries like Jameel Khan, Darshan Jariwala & Michael Raimondi
It includes- A ruthless philanthropist. 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
John Tintori, Chair of the Graduate Film Program,
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU said, “LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS”
is an extremely-likable and funny movie, and I fully expect American
audiences to embrace it, and catapult it into a major international
Mira Nair, Director (Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding,
The Namesake) said, "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."
Hindustan Times, 15 April 2007 article says, “Shabana
Azmi and awards have almost become synonymous. So it comes as no
surprise that her new film, Loins Of Punjab Presents, has won the
best feature film honour at the 2007 First Run Festival in New York.”
Some news paper article says- “Desi Idol
in New Jersey”; Indians in U.S. Find New Sideline: Bollywood
Moguls ; ‘Loins of Punjab’ tickles New York’s
funny bone; Actress Extraordinaire; “Manish is an insanely
talented filmmaker.” ,.,,,,so on
On Oct. 03, 2007, Loins of Punjab Presents will be the opening
and closing films at the fourth annual South Asian International
Film Festival (SAIFF) here. The festival will showcase 50 features,
short films and documentaries for a week from Oct 3.
Anuvab Pal, Manish Acharya