The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)

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 Karim Amir (4 episodes, 1993)
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 Shadwell (4 episodes, 1993)
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 Margaret Amir (4 episodes, 1993)
Nisha Nayar ...
 Jamila (4 episodes, 1993)
Surendra Kochar ...
 Jeela (4 episodes, 1993)
Badi Uzzaman ...
 Anwar (4 episodes, 1993)
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 Haroon Amir (4 episodes, 1993)
Assam Mamodeally ...
 Allie Amir (4 episodes, 1993)
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 Charlie Kay (4 episodes, 1993)
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 Eva Kay (4 episodes, 1993)
Harish Patel ...
 Changez (3 episodes, 1993)
Janet Dale ...
 Auntie Jean (3 episodes, 1993)
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 Uncle Ted (3 episodes, 1993)
Tom Gregory ...
 The Fish (3 episodes, 1993)
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 Shinko (3 episodes, 1993)
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 Matthew Pyke (2 episodes, 1993)
Maureen Hibbert ...
 Tracey (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Terry (2 episodes, 1993)
Henrietta Bass ...
 Carol (2 episodes, 1993)
Vicky Murdock ...
 Helen (2 episodes, 1993)
William Chubb ...
 Richard (2 episodes, 1993)
Sarah Neville ...
 Marlene Pyke (2 episodes, 1993)
Kim Fenton ...
 John (2 episodes, 1993)
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Karim's mother is English and his father is Indian. Therefore Karim has some problems with life in British society which is becoming more and more racist and intolerant; he experiences this especially when he wants to find himself a way of becoming an actor. Written by Volker Boehm

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Esikaupunkien Buddha  »

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The Buddha of Suburbia
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Performed by David Bowie
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Another Kurieshi accomplishment.
3 July 1999 | by (NY NY) – See all my reviews

A very good adaptation of a great book. Fantastic performances, especially the wonderful Naveen Andrews, great depth of character, great writing. A story, really almost an epic one, of a young man coming to terms with his complex identity in the rapidly changing world of 70s England (suburbs and then london). The film didn't capture the atmosphere of the 70s as well as the book, but I suppose making it a real period piece would have distracted from the characters.

As usual, screenwriter /playwrite/ novelist Hanif Kureishi is brilliant in his portrayel of politics, sex, spirituality and fashion, and what happens when they start to become indistiguishible. I saw it actually as a series in England and was happy to see that was just as delightful as a whole, but I also recommend seeing it over two nights as its probably close to 4 hours all through. Also, the Bowie soundtrack is fantastic.


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