Mainstream Bollywood is not exactly known to send meaningful messages, but this one does. The movie opens with Deepak (well played by Vinay Virmani) writing his medical exams in India. Cut to him passing the exams and taking the next flight out to Canada – the land of opportunity! And I groan inside. Not at the movie, but at how true this scenario is. He quickly finds out that there is no way he can get the internship to practice medicine in Canada and after a disastrous attempt at serving at his uncle’s restaurant, he starts driving a cab after a chance meeting with Tony (Kunal Nayyar of Big Bang theory is a delight!).
Then of course boy meets girl Natalie Wilman played by Adrianne Palicki . Girl has baby in cab delivered by cabbie cum Doctor and instantly becomes a celebrity. Then the drama starts and of course all is well in the end/ The movie is filled with Bollywood stereotypes including the tongue in cheek humour and the obligatory dance sequence.
The movie is well made and is in most parts non-offensive. I must confess I am not an Indian movie goer. The last one I saw was nine years ago! I saw this movie because I am tired of seeing Doctors coming to Canada and literally driving cabs.
Recently I met a husband and wife Doctor couple – he a radiologist and she an ophthalmologist struggling in Vancouver for two years. Their plight reminded me of two birds that had their feet cemented to the ground as they beat their wings haplessly trying to escape a useless situation, doomed to never fly again in Canadian skies.
I hope Dr. Cabbie is a resounding success and that it will prevent the flow of hopeful Doctors to Canada until the situation with the elusive internship is resolved!
Nick Noorani is Managing Partner Prepare for Canada and is well known as an authority on immigrant outcomes.