‘Loins of Pubjab’: Spoof features a ‘Desi Idol’ contest

September 27, 2008

What would you get if you crossed ” American Idol” with a Bollywood movie and a Christopher Guest spoof like “Best In Show”?

Probably something a lot like the new comedy “Loins of Punjab,” a low-budget effort that sends up everything from reality TV shows, to dudes who only date Indian girls to every Desi (South Asian)-American stereotype you can thinks of.

Set in a New Jersey burb over three days, it documents five Desis (and one Jewish Indophiles) efforts to become the next “Desi Idol.” Although the film boasts a lot of talented newcomers, long time Indian film star Shabana Azmi steals the show with her mustache twirling treachery aimed at winning the contest. While the jokes here (some requiring Bollywood film knowledge) will tickle South Asian Americans hardest, there’s still a lot to enjoy for those who appreciate broad humor and are just interested in issues of culture and assimilation in our increasingly globalized entertainment world.