Will some NRIs head back to India after watching the latest box office hit, "Singh is Kinng?" After watching the conscience pricking scenes during which the hero Akshay Kumar urges his friend to return from Australia to care for his old and ailing parents back home in Punjab, many NRIs will have to answer their consciences as to why they should not return.
Yet, this is a happy film as Happy Singh is the hero's nickname. The opening sequences in the Punjabi village are hilarious and every punch line in the dialogue evokes laughter, if not giggles. For Punjabis, the punch lines push the envelope further for Bollywood. Everyone in the film seems to have unlimited energy, the stunning locales in Egypt and Australia, the dances with their outlandish costumes and knee-tapping music make for rip roaring entertainment. Producer Vipul Shah drives home the message of "Namaste London" yet again that it's high time the NRIs return home.
But the film founders in the second half when its long-drawn climax becomes bizarre and the real message of the emotional re-union with parents and the loved ones in the village is merely flashed with the titles as the audience goes home. This homecoming needs to be played out fully for NRIs when they introduce their foreign girlfriends, face the realities of living in India and help to develop their village to prosperity. If included, this would be a great promotion for the emerging opportunities in India for young NRI professionals and middle-aged investors.
With tongue in cheek, most of the NRIs are shown as gangsters in Melbourne. True, they could be some there, but the film has a lot of NRI gangs for just one city blasting away in high risers and malls. That makes Melbourne a very dangerous city! Of course, a large number of Punjabi youngsters have gone Down Under ostensibly to study but end up working illegally, especially driving taxis. All this came to a boil recently when one was killed, followed by high-pitched demonstrations. Now the Australian government has allowed Indian students to work part-time legally. The grant of a student visa (with reduced fees) since last April automatically permits them to work for 20 hours a day. So there are fewer c