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Hanif Kureishi (novel)
Hanif Kureishi (screenplay)
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3 November 1993 (UK) See more »
Karim's mother is English and his father is Indian. Therefore Karim has some problems with life in British... See more »
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 23 of 54)

Naveen Andrews ... Karim Amir (4 episodes, 1993)

David Bamber ... Shadwell (4 episodes, 1993)

Brenda Blethyn ... Margaret Amir (4 episodes, 1993)
Nisha Nayar ... Jamila (4 episodes, 1993)
Surendra Kochar ... Jeela (4 episodes, 1993)
Badi Uzzaman ... Anwar (4 episodes, 1993)

Roshan Seth ... Haroon Amir (4 episodes, 1993)
Assam Mamodeally ... Allie Amir (4 episodes, 1993)

Steven Mackintosh ... Charlie Kay (4 episodes, 1993)

Susan Fleetwood ... Eva Kay (4 episodes, 1993)

Harish Patel ... Changez (3 episodes, 1993)
Janet Dale ... Auntie Jean (3 episodes, 1993)

John McEnery ... Uncle Ted (3 episodes, 1993)
Tom Gregory ... The Fish (3 episodes, 1993)

Noriko Aida ... Shinko (3 episodes, 1993)

Donald Sumpter ... Matthew Pyke (2 episodes, 1993)
Maureen Hibbert ... Tracey (2 episodes, 1993)

Jason Watkins ... 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)

Series Directed by
Roger Michell (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Hanif Kureishi (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Anna Kalnars .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Kevin Loader .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
David Bowie (4 episodes, 1993)
Series Cinematography by
John McGlashan (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Kate Evans (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Roger Cann (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Alexandra Byrne (unknown episodes, 1993)
Series Makeup Department
Marilyn MacDonald .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Ballantyne .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Kas Braganza .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Graham Bishop .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
Catherine Davis .... set decorator: USA (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Michael Narduzzo .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Marc Cass .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Shelley Hirst .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1993)
Series Casting Department
Barbie Wilde .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Peter Miller .... location manager (4 episodes, 1993)

Paul Brodrick .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Diana Brookes .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)

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222 min | UK:65 min (4 episodes)
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Excellent adaptation of Kureishi's novel, 26 January 1999
Author: sfboy101 from San Francisco, California

Naveen Andrews, probably best known to American audiences as the Indian bomb expert in "The English Patient," plays Karim, a young London high schooler in the 1970's. Karim is caught between loyalties to his mother and his father, who are going through a messy split. Susan Fleetwood is notable as the father's mistress, whose son might or might not be the hottest thing to hit the music scene since Bowie.

The amazing thing about "Buddha..." is the depth of characterization. The secondary characters, and there are at least fifteen, all have their own struggles and histories. Karim floats through his world, trying to be everything to each character -- a friend, a confidant, a lover, a good son, a loyal nephew -- and finds that he can't satisfy everyone. Pay close attention to each story, such as the arranged marriage between Jamila and Changez. It's a comedy of errors orchestrated by her traditional parents that's wonderfully out-of-place for the characters who see themselves liberated members of the "me" generation.

Though this is a mini-series rather than a film, the production values are pretty good. It would be a good idea to rent it for two nights, since it's long. And since it was made for TV anyway, the small screen is just right. (It was shown on a big screen at the San Francisco Gay & Lesbain film festival.)

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