(3 out of 5)
Peppered with in-jokes – most at the expense of the very community packing these festivals, South Asians making their homes in the U.S. – this film’s audience is limited. The conceit: Loins of Punjab is a desi-founded pork loin company in New Jersey that hits upon the idea of a singing competition for South Asians as a promotional vehicle. Thus, we find stereotypes doing their best Bollywood in a New Jersey hotel. Director Manish Acharya has plenty of fun with those stereotypes, skewering them as deftly as a pork shank being prepped for a kebab. There’s a low-budget vibe to Loins and some of Acharya’s actors are clearly amateur, but buoyant performances by the likes of Jameel Khan, as the event’s super-slick promoter, help elevate the entire affair.