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The film, directed by Atul Malhotra, stars Rez Kempton as a Sikh, Sam Vincenti as a Muslim, and Martin Delaney as an Irish Catholic. Set in contemporary London, the trio — who were childhood friends — face unforeseen changes to their lives, such as interracial marriage, near-fatal accidents, and prison, that test old friendships and family values.
Netflix will release the film internationally on June 20 and on DVD in North America. The film, produced by Victoria Barrell and Malhotra, is touted as the first western film to feature a turbaned Sikh in the lead. The title is an homage to the 1977 Bollywood film “Amar Akbar Anthony,” which centered on the reunification of three separated brothers.
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International sporting legend, Sachin Tendulkar, Hollywood’s most sought-after child star, Sunny Pawar, CEO of Mastercard, Ajay Benga, world-class snooker player, Ding Junhui and Google DeepMind CEO, Demis Hassabis were among the big winners at the seventh annual, The Asian Awards, a global celebration of Pan Asian excellence, on May 5th at the Park Lane Hilton, London.
The Asian Awards also paid tribute to Om Puri, who passed away earlier this year, with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award, which is given to those who push the boundaries of cinema-making. Om Puri’s wife, Nandita Puri and son, Ishaan Puri accepted the award on his behalf.
Hosted for the first time by comic genius, and winner of the 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Television award, Sanjeev Bhaskar, The Asian Awards was attended by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and glittered with A-listers like Lindsay Lohan, Meera Syal, Ding Junhui, Richard Osman, »
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With the classic comedy show about to turn 20 we should be asking why, in the words of Meera Syal, depictions of British Asian people have gone backwards
Each year, without fail, someone in my family will say it. Normally, it’s at a Christmas party or some other mass family gathering. A relative will say something mildly insulting to someone, and it will ring out: “Check, please!”
For the uninitiated, it’s a reference to a sketch in Goodness Gracious Me: the catchphrase of a tactless, occasionally sexist and often creepy serial dater asking a waiter for the check after inevitably ruining a dinner date. (“I really respect you. You’re a modern, strong Asian woman, who doesn’t conform to gender stereotypes ... great tits too. Check, please!”) It is one of many catchphrases from the show that has become almost a tradition in my family, and I’m »
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Actor says conservative climate is limiting TV shows featuring Asians to stories about issues, such as Rochdale abuse, rather than everyday lives
The representation of Asian people on British television has moved backwards amid a conservative climate that favours nostalgia and period drama, according to the writer and actor Meera Syal.
Asian people were often treated as issues rather than people, she said in an interview with the Radio Times in which she suggested the groundbreaking sitcom she helped create, Goodness Gracious Me, could return in a different format.
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The last in the series finds the famous “going for an English” sketch from Goodness Gracious Me dissected by, among others, Meera Syal, who helped to create it. Then an impressive haul of celebs, including Nigel Planer, David Baddiel, Ricky Tomlinson, Maxine Peake, Diane Morgan, Russell Tovey and Josie Lawrence, discuss everything from Spaced, The Day Today and Blackadder to Till Death Us Do Part, all in Gogglebox style. Ben Arnold
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- Ben Arnold, Phil Harrison, Jack Seale, John Robinson, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Jonathan Wright, Hannah J Davies, Paul Howlett
Playwright Stoppard wins outstanding contribution award.
Tom Stoppard was presented with the outstanding contribution to writing award at the 2017 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards.
Stoppard accepted the honour from fellow playwright David Edgar at the ceremony on Monday (January 23), held at the Royal College of Physicians.
He said: “For a writer, no award can compare to an award from other writers. The Writers’ Guild is a bright spot in a dark world and I feel very grateful to it.”
Stoppard has written extensively for the stage, TV and film. His plays Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties, and The Real Thing all won Tony Awards.
Presenting him the award, Edgar said: “Like the BBC, he [Stoppard] has educated and entertained. Like no one else, he has challenged, dazzled, and amazed.”
New addition to the curious watching-people-watching-television genre. The twist in this case is that the people watching TV comedies have also acted in them themselves. The commentators – including Meera Syal, David Baddiel, Ralf Little and Ricky Tomlinson – are funny people, and their critiques and appreciations are well informed, even if some jumpy editing gets in the way. Andrew Mueller
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- Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, John Robinson, Phil Harrison, Graeme Virtue, Grace Rahman, Luke Holland and Paul Howlett
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