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Anita and Me (2002)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  22 November 2002 (UK)
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Meena, a 12-year-old living in a mining village in the English Midlands in 1972, is the daughter of Indian parents who've come to England to give her a better life. This idyllic existence ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Daljeet Kumar
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Uncle Amman
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Sam Lowbridge
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Mrs. Ormerod
Zohra Segal ...
Nanima (as Zohra Sehgal)
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Auntie Shaila
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Sandy
Chandeep Uppal ...
Meena Kumar
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The Reverend 'Uncle' Alan
Lucy Pargeter ...
Brenda
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Meena, a 12-year-old living in a mining village in the English Midlands in 1972, is the daughter of Indian parents who've come to England to give her a better life. This idyllic existence is upset by the arrival in the village of Anita Rutter and her dysfunctional family. Anita is 14, blonde and beautiful - exactly what Meena thinks she wants to be. She becomes part of Anita's world, but events do not run smoothly. Meena's growing up - and that brings plenty of changes. Written by Phil Reynolds

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22 November 2002 (UK)  »

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£453,613 (UK) (22 November 2002)

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£1,753,880 (UK) (27 December 2002)
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Alex Freeborn as Sam Lowbridge rides a 1971 Triumph Bonneville. See more »

Goofs

The film shows UPVC double glazing in certain scenes. UPVC double glazing was not introduced into the UK until 1976, whereas the movie is set in 1972. See more »

Quotes

Tracey Rutter: Aw what's the dog's name?
Mrs. Rutter: Nigga
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Hi Ho Silver Lining
Performed by Jeff Beck
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Very funny but also very sad at times this movie is excellent
24 November 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film based on the part, autobiographical book my Meena Syal is set in Tollington, as rural English village in the seventies. A touching story it deals with Meena (a 12 year old girl whose parents moved to Tollington from India), her life and her friendship with her neighbour Anita.

Very funny but also very sad at times this movie is excellent. Meena Syal has written the screenplay herself so it stays very true to the book. She also plays a small part (not as Meena) in the film along with others like Kathy Burke (of Harry Enfield fame) Mark Williams (the fast show), and her Goodness Gracious me co-star, Sanjeev Bhaskar. The young actors are also exceptionally good. The actress who plays young Meena is very good and believable with brilliant comic timing, while unfortunately young Anita seemed slightly wooden. Although some may argue the character Anita is meant to be quite stiff so this does not affect the quality of the movie too much. This film fits into the category of films dealing with young people from an Asian heritage (Pakistan, India etc) living in Britain, like 'East is East' and Bend it like Beckham. This film is one of the best out of this genre of film and although similar to East is East is also very different.

An excellent piece of 21st century film.


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