I Am Singh

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Director: Puneet Issar

Cast: Gulzar Chahal, Rizwan Haider, Brooke Johnston, Puneet Issar

Indian Express rating:*

An old lady sitting on a bench, near Ground Zero in New York, flashes back to the bad days just after 9/11 to how her family had to bear the brunt of the aftermath. A panicky phonecall wakes up a `hatta katta' Sikh `naujawan' in Chandigarh : his father is in hospital, one brother is dead, the other is missing.

This could have been a perfectly acceptable film, presumably meant to release around the tenth anniversary of 9/11. In Puneet Issar's hands, it becomes a series of unintentionally hilarious scenes.

The hero (Chahal) lands in Ontario. We know this because the airport has a sign stating it to be thus. From hereonafter, the city is referred to as America (Canada being a US borough, of course). The fellows who targeted the family are all beefy bald white guys who flare their nostrils and mouth such lines as : go home, you evil Moslems! The victims refer to them as those 'Racist Goondas'. An old-time cop (Issar), who looks as if he could out-beef the Racist Goondas, and who has been thrown out of service because he refuses to take off his turban, gives lectures on Hate Crimes. Good-looking female lawyers fight their case, while a bunch of Good Moslems arrive to show solidarity with the brave Sikhs.

Daler Mehendi shows up as well, to sing a song.


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