Acharya was also in 'Sita Sings the Blues'

Indian filmmaker Manish Acharya died of a brain hemorrhage Dec. 4 in Matheran, India. He was 40.

Acharya, who directed “The Loins of Punjab Presents,” fell off a horse and died of his injuries. The 2007 laffer, starring Shabana Azmi, centered around a group entering “The Desi Idol” contest in New York and New Jersey.

Variety’s review said of his NYU graduation piece, “Witty send-up of non-resident Indians and reality gameshows plays like a Christopher Guest mockumentary, replete with fake interviews and day-by-day reportage.”

Acharya also worked as an actor, d.p., and miscellenous crew member on various pics including “Ishq vishq.” He did voiceover work and puppetry on toon “Sita Sings the Blues” based on the Hindu epic “Ramayana” and was featured in 2009’s “Luck by Chance.”

Survivors include his wife, Dhruvi, and two sons.

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