Sony Inks TV Drama Deal With ‘The Boy With the Topknot’ Producer Nisha Parti

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Sony Pictures Television has inked a three-year development and production deal with U.K. producer Nisha Parti.

Parti produced the BAFTA-nominated BBC series “The Boy With the Topknot” and Shan Khan’s 2014 feature “Honour.” She will co-develop and co-produce new projects for TV and streaming platforms with Spt, which will take them out internationally.

The projects will be made by Spt and Parti through her production company, Parti Productions, which has set out to produce commercial TV dramas for the international market that have a strong link to India.

“Nisha’s innate understanding of the British-Indian experience, her proven ability to identify commercially viable projects, and her skill in developing and packaging them for multicultural audiences around the world will be a huge asset to Spt,” said Wayne Garvie, president of international production at Spt.

Parti has TV projects in development with the BBC and a movie with Film 4. She
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Kudos pacts with Honour producer

Kudos pacts with Honour producer
Kudos is planning to produce more drama series told from a British Asian perspective after expanding a partnership with Parti Productions.

The Broadchurch producer is building on a deal struck to develop Sathnam Sanghera’s novel Marriage Material for the BBC with feature film producer Nisha Parti’s company in September.

The Shine Group indie and Parti now plan to nurture Asian talent on and off screen and develop projects for UK and international broadcasters.

In addition to Marriage Material, which follows a Sikh family living in Wolverhampton in the 1960s, the companies are developing a TV adaptation of Sanghera’s The Boy With The Topknot, set in the Midlands town during the 1980s.

Kudos chief executive Jane Featherstone said that Parti had a wealth of knowledge of film trends and a keen eye for fresh talent. “She has the ability to identify and conceptualise content that speaks to a diverse audience,” she added.

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DVD Review – Honour (2014)

Honour, 2014.

Written and Directed by Shan Khan.

Starring Paddy Considine, Aiysha Hart, Faraz Ayub, Shubham Saraf, Harvey Virdi and Nikesh Patel.


A story centered on a young woman is targeted by her family for an “honour killing” and the bounty hunter who takes the job.

Let’s take a cursory look at the headlines: Ukip retain their surging popularity, the British government investigates the so-called ‘Islamification’ of UK schools, and reports of intolerance and divide within the country are so seemingly commonplace that fears of racial conflict is never far from the public consciousness. Honour, the debut feature from writer-director Shan Khan, wants to be the film to address some of these issues, and perhaps straighten the stories so often bent by an often irresponsible media; and yet it can’t possibly do that.

The problem with Khan’s film is not that it tries and so woefully fails to tackle such concerns,
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Honour Puts a Social Issue Into a Thriller Framework

Honour Puts a Social Issue Into a Thriller Framework
Shan Khan’s London-set debut feature, Honour, attempts to combine a thriller framework with a social-issue concern -- "Honour killings," which, per the movie’s closing credits, are estimated by the United Nations to total well into the four figures on a yearly basis. Khan invites the possibility of having his political agenda override his filmmaking responsibilities; thankfully, though, he reveals a strong knack for constructing suspense, and the movie’s ultimate flaws are more narrative-based than message-related. Honour tackles its subject from the perspective of Mona (Aiysha Hart), a British-Pakistani real-estate agent who develops a relationship with a Punjabi man (Nikesh Patel). However, Mona’s strict family -- led by he...
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Honour Movie Review

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Honour Movie Review
Title: Honour 108 Media Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: C Director: Shan Khan Screenplay: Shan Khan Cast: Aiysha Hart, Paddy Considine, Faraz Ayub, Shubham Saraf, Harvey Virdi, Nikesh Patel Screened at: Review, NYC, 6/16/14 Opens: July 11, 2014 When Terry Leonard made the 1987 action thriller “Death before Dishonor,” he was setting the stage for one gunnery Sgt. Burns to rescue Marines taken hostage in the Middle East. These Marines believe that nothing is worse than dishonor, meaning that they, themselves would rather die than suffer a fate worse than death. It’s bizarre to think, however, that there are thousands of families that would [ Read More ]

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Family Tensions Simmer--and Then Boil--in Shan Khan's 'Honour' (Video)

Family Tensions Simmer--and Then Boil--in Shan Khan's 'Honour' (Video)
In "Honour," writer/director Shan Khan's debut feature, a young woman named Mona lives a double life in London, free and self-determined in public but chafing at home under the strict precepts of her devout mother. Mona and her boyfriend are both Muslim, but he is Punjabi while she is Pakistani, and in the eyes of her mother and older brother Kasim, a policeman with a violent temper, the match is so shameful that Mona must die for it.  At first, Kasim attempts to to take matters into his hands, but Mona flees the city, and her family turns instead to a racist ex-con bounty hunter to finish the job. In its review of the film when it opened in the UK in April, THR called Khan's film "an accomplished debut," and praised his screenplay, which critic Stephen Dalton wrote  "contains some smart twists and trapdoors, scrambling chronology so
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Honour movie review: oh woman oh why

A whole lotta violent bigoted men discussing women’s lives as if they merit any say in the matter. If only pop culture were as concerned with women’s stories as it is with men’s. I’m “biast” (pro): was hoping for a smart exploration of a subject that is desperate for it

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

And I was so looking forward to this. So-called “honor” killings — where values of “honor” are, appallingly, all about nothing more than a woman’s virginity — are a horrific thing that impact women worldwide, even in the supposedly enlightened West. And it’s a subject that would warrant more attention in a pop culture that was as concerned with women’s stories as it is with men’s. The strictly cheap-thrills Honour reminds us, alas, that, yeah, pretty much, movies be all about teh menz,
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DVD Review: 'Honour'

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★★☆☆☆"Without it, life means nothing" according to a quote that fills the screen in the opening moments of British director Shan Khan's twisting London-set thriller, Honour (2014). Attempting to straddle the potentially conflicting identities of cultural expose and nerve-shredding cat-and-mouse chase, it revolves around the horrifying practice of so called 'honour-killings' in Muslim communities and families. Reportedly on the rise here in the UK, Khan's film seeks to shine a light onto these dark slayings whilst providing popcorn entertaining. The ambition is certainly a noble one, but sadly it does not quite work on this occasion, with both message and tension hamstrung by unconvincing characters.
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Win Honour on DVD

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London based urban thriller Honour comes to DVD on 28 April 2014 and to celebrate, we have 3 DVDs to give away!

Starring Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur, The World’s End) and Aiysha Hart, star of the BBC’s Atlantis and Harvey Virdi (East is East, Bend it Like Beckham), the film comes from BAFTA nominated director Shan Khan and boasts strong supporting performances from upcoming UK talent; Nikesh Patel (Jadoo, Bedlam), Shubham Saraf and Faraz Ayub.

After a failed attempt at an honour killing at the hands of her family, Mona (Hart) is forced to go on the run. The family, desperate to save face, enlists the services of a bounty hunter (Considine) to search the streets of London to track her down.

Honour is available for digital download from 18 April 2014 and available on DVD from 28 April 2014.

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Honour DVD Review

Director: Shan Khan

Starring: Paddy Considine, Aiysha Hart, Harvey Virdi, Nikesh Patel, Shubham Saraf, Faraz Ayub

Running Time: 104 minutes

Certificate: 15

The shocking opener of Honour really sets the pace for this tense thriller, as a young woman is killed by her brother and mother for bringing dishonour on the family. However, as the film soon shows, this really is just the beginning of Mona’s story.

Led by the superb Paddy Considine as the bounty hunter sent to track Mona down and Aiysha Hart as Mona herself, Honour is a gripping tale of prejudice, judgement and societal pressures in a multi-cultural society.

Considine’s bounty hunter is a horrifying white supremacist, happy to take on the jobs of tracking down these disloyal Muslim girls as one less in the world is just fine by him. Hart plays the role of Mona with class, portraying her love for her family whilst
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Shan Khan on Honour

With his debut feature Honour – starring Paddy Considine and Aiysha Hart – out now in cinemas across Britain, we had the distinct pleasure of discussing the project with the film’s writer and director, Shan Khan.

The film tackles the themes of honour killing, as we delve into the life of a young girl (Hart), victim of her own family, who seek is murdering her for bringing shame upon their family – hiring the fascist bounty killer (Considine) to see the job through.

Where do you feel honour sits with the rest of contemporary British thrillers?

We’ll, I’d like to think it sits right at the top, but unfortunately that would be wishful thinking on my part. I’m glad that people are seeing it as a thriller and not seeing it as an issue-based movie, so that’s a really good thing; a great big tick, because it’s
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Honour review Shan Khan's 'conflicted' first feature

A British thriller about honour killings avoids worthiness but succumbs to melodrama

Writer/director Shan Khan describes his somewhat conflicted first feature as an attempt to tell a story about the harrowing subject of "honour" killings in a manner that could not be dismissed by a mainstream audience as too "worthy". The resulting thriller is torn between providing a serious portrayal of a very real social problem (the yearly number of such cases in the UK is now thought to be in double figures) and indulging in more generic melodrama as Mona (Aiysha Hart) is hunted by her British Muslim family with the aid of Nf thug Bounty (Paddy Considine), whose old Aryan Brotherhood allegiances appear to be taking their toll. The performances are strong, particularly from Harvey Virdi who breathes creepy life into the role of murderous mother, and cinematographer David Higgs makes good use of the shadows and light in the urban locations,
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The British Cinema Dream Team

Today sees the release of Richard Ayoade’s second feature film, The Double. Another solid instalment from one of Britain’s most promising new directors. Also released today is Shan Khan’s Honour, starring arguably the finest working British actor of his generation, Paddy Considine. Considine himself has made appearances in both Ayoade’s films, and with that in mind, here is one UK dream team that we would love to see.

Director- Richard Ayoade

Ayoade is well known for his comedic style. Bursting on to UK television with the It Crowd, his quirky sense of humour seeps through in to both The Double and debut feature, Submarine. The BAFTA nominated Submarine cemented Ayoade as one of the most promising new voices in the British film industry. The black humour, the gentle tragedy, and the hysterical performances is a refreshing voice in the doom and gloom of a lot of British Cinema,
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Honour review 'A serious issue wrapped in thriller trappings'

Paddy Considine stars as a nameless bounty hunter tracking down runaway Muslim girls in this semi-interesting hot mess

No film starring ace character-actor Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Dead Man's Shoes) can ever be wholly worthless, but Honour won't be counted as a career highlight for him. On particularly terse and glowering form here, he plays a nameless bounty hunter hired by ultra-traditional Muslim families to track down runaway young women who have supposedly sullied their kinsfolk's good name. "Honour killing" is indeed a deeply serious issue, fully deserving of robust dramatic treatment. But it's as if the film-makers felt they couldn't deliver the didactic lesson unless they wrapped this up in pulpy, thriller trappings, with a kettle-drum-heavy, action-movie soundtrack, umbral lighting and a white antihero, who has to be a one-time National Front supporter in order to make his moral journey interesting. The striking Aiysha Hart holds up her
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Honour Review

The statistics for honour killings in the UK makes for a disquieting read. The idea that so many people are murdered for bringing shame upon their family or community, most of which are women, and predominantly for cultural and religious reasons, is inconceivable. It’s therefore somewhat refreshing to see a filmmaker, in this instance Shan Khan, approach such intriguing, yet mostly untouched cinematic territory. However, this particular endeavour loses its way somewhat, and the more delusory it becomes, the further away from reality we find ourselves.

The victim, in this instance, is the young Mona (Aiysha Hart), who is targeted by her mother (Harvey Virdi) and two brothers, Kasim (Faraz Ayub) and Adel (Shubham Saraf), when they learn of her intentions to run away with her boyfriend Tanvir (Nikesh Patel). Desperately wishing to avoid the shame and dishonour that comes with such an act, they plot to murder Mona,
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Honour review: Paddy Considine conquers in brave British thriller

Honour review: Paddy Considine conquers in brave British thriller
Director: Shan Khan; Screenwriter: Shan Khan; Starring: Aiysha Hart, Paddy Considine, Faraz Ayub, Harvey Virdi, Nikesh Patel; Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: 15

A grim reflection of contemporary Britain and the so-called 'honour killings' that take place within certain communities, Shan Khan's directorial debut is a gritty thriller that doesn't know whether it wants to educate or entertain. The film's relatively engaging nature is largely reliant on the authenticity and tenacity of the performances from its impressive leads Aiysha Hart, Paddy Considine and Faraz Ayub.

Honour explores the repugnant repercussions of Mona (Hart) angering her Muslim family by embarking on an affair with a Punjabi man (Nikesh Patel). Mona's policeman brother Kasim (Ayub) and mother (Harvey Virdi) want her dead for supposedly dishonouring their family and hire an unnamed racist bounty hunter (Considine) to track her down on the streets of London.

Plenty of twists ensue, although the sense of jeopardy
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UK movie releases: April 2014

UK movie releases: April 2014
April 4, 2014


Director: Neil Burger

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet

Running time: 139 mins

Certificate: 12A

The Double

Director: Richard Ayoade

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska

Running time: 93 mins

Certificate: 15


Director: Shan Khan

Starring: Paddy Considine, Aiysha Hart

Running time: 102 mins

Certificate: 15


Director: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Russell Crowe, Emma Watson

Running time: 138 mins

Certificate: 12A

Rio 2

Director: Carlos Saldanha

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway

Running time: 101 mins

Certificate: U
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Watch an exclusive clip and win Tickets to Honour starring Paddy Considine

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We are giving away 3 pairs of exclusive tickets to the Special Gala Screening of the new Paddy Considine thriller Honour, in aid of charities Karma Nirvana and The ‪Hemraj Goyal Foundation. The screening will take place in a central London venue on Monday 31st March at 6:30pm.

Honour is a London based urban thriller written and directed by BAFTA nominated Shan Khan. Bifa winning actor-director Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur, The World’S End) stars alongside Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’ Aiysha Hart (Atlantis).

After a failed attempt at an honour killing at the hands of her family, Mona (Hart) is forced to go on the run. The family, desperate to save face, enlist the services of a bounty hunter (Considine) to search the streets of London to track her down.

Honour arrives in cinemas on 4th April and will be available for digital download from 18th April with the DVD released 28th April.
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Honour directed by Shan Khan to release in cinemas next month

Honour is Shan’s first feature film as writer – director, he has been part of the industry for many years. Training first as an actor, then moving into theatre and TV, with both, acting, writing and directing. Shan trained as an actor at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and on leaving took parts at The Bristol Old Vic, The National Theatre and The Traverse to name a few. In TV Drama he took the lead in Channel 4′s Bombay Blue and notable roles in Trial & Retribution and Judge John Deed.

Shan has written several projects for TV including The Vice for Carlton TV, River City, Maryhill Jihad and Glasgow Dreams for BBC. He currently has a single drama Five Pillars in development with BBC.

In his main passion film, Shan made his directorial debut with Candy Bar Kid, a 4 minute short, which was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Short Film.
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First Trailer For Paddy Considine's Honour

First Trailer For Paddy Considine's Honour
A murky thriller exploring the concept of “honour" killings, Honour has a new trailer that showcases a side of Paddy Considine’s arsenal we haven’t seen since Dead Man’s Shoes. Here he plays an unnamed bounty hunter tasked with a terrible brief. Click below to watch it. brightcove.createExperiences();Scottish actor-turned-director Shan Khan penned this story of a young Muslim woman (Aiysha Hart) whose plan to elope with her boyfriend Tanvir (Nikesh Patel) proves unpalatable to her family. So unpalatable, in fact, that they decide to have her killed. As you do.When the hit goes awry, Mona flees and it’s Considine’s bounty hunter who finds himself charged with tracking her down somewhere in the big city. Expect moral quandries galore as he finds himself immersed in a situation far beyond his ken.It’s billed as a topical spin on Romeo & Juliet, although punchier because
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