Though his sparkling ensemble piece hasn't done half as well as it should have, Loins Of Punjab Presents director Manish Acharya is happy that the audience, limited in number, has got the point.
And for those who enjoyed every moment of the 90-minute satire, there's gladdening tidings. Manish has got nearly as much footage left behind on the editing table as he has put on camera.
"We had elaborated introductory scenes for all the characters. But we found that these were taking up too much of the playing time and delaying the main event, namely the music contest. I wanted to focus on the contest and then maybe bring back the introductory scenes in flashbacks. But that didn't happen. I didn't want to take away from the contest." Among the many scenes that got sacrificed showed Shabana with her screen-husband. "He was played by a close friend of Shabana's. And the scene showed why her character had become the way it was. Another scene had Seema Rahmani (playing the Bollywood-fixated bimbo) goes for an audition for a movie and throws a whole lot of attitude at the White jury arguing she'd never get the role because she's brown skinned."
All these edited sequences would be brought back into the narrative on DVD. "You can call it the director's restored-cut," quips Manish.