With the announcement of Shah Rukh Khan and Rajkumar Hirani’s film together titled ‘Dunki’, it seems to have caught the fancy of the word Dunki and most people (including Shah Rukh Khan) even confusing it with donkey. Well, it seems that the word Dunki is related to donkey but not in the meaning that we think of. It is a word derived from a term called ‘Donkey Flight’. For the lesser-informed and trying to find from proper resources, the following seems to be the closest meanings.
‘Donkey Flights’ is a term used for illegal immigration from the Punjab to the United Kingdom. A report, written by journalist Nicola Smith, sketches one immigration loophole into Europe: so-called ‘donkey flights’ by which Indian migrants obtain a tourist visa for a Schengen-zone country to enter the United Kingdom through the back door. The report is based on an undercover exposé of Punjabi visa agencies by The Sunday Times, and from interviews conducted with migrants, law enforcement officers, and senior officials in India and Europe.
Now, with some sort of clarity between Dunki, Donkey and now Donkey Flights, one thing seems to be clear that Dunki has nothing to do with donkeys and Shah Rukh Khan is not going to be starred ‘in and as…’
The video seems to have caught most of us off guard making assumptions of our own. Most film titles of Rajkumar Hirani have always created some kind of curiosity and people keep guessing of what the film would be about. Take for instance Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots and PK.
At least now one can try and relate the meaning of the title with the visuals shown in the announcement video with people walking in the desert, apparently trying to cross border and an airplane flying over could be hinting at the ‘Donkey Flight’ thingy.
With this premise one can imagine how Hirani would bring in the comedy, emotion and of course romance in the story. A sure shot must-watch in the making, we must say.