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The Buddha of Suburbia 

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... See full summary »
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1993  
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Series cast summary:
Naveen Andrews ...  Karim Amir 4 episodes, 1993
David Bamber ...  Shadwell 4 episodes, 1993
Harish Patel ...  Changez 4 episodes, 1993
Brenda Blethyn ...  Margaret Amir 4 episodes, 1993
Nisha Nayar ...  Jamila 4 episodes, 1993
Surendra Kochar Surendra Kochar ...  Jeela 4 episodes, 1993
Badi Uzzaman Badi Uzzaman ...  Anwar 4 episodes, 1993
Janet Dale Janet Dale ...  Auntie Jean 4 episodes, 1993
Roshan Seth ...  Haroon Amir 4 episodes, 1993
Shona Morris Shona Morris ...  Shona 4 episodes, 1993
Donald Sumpter ...  Matthew Pyke 4 episodes, 1993
Maureen Hibbert Maureen Hibbert ...  Tracey 4 episodes, 1993
Assam Mamodeally Assam Mamodeally ...  Allie Amir 4 episodes, 1993
Steven Mackintosh ...  Charlie Kay 4 episodes, 1993
John McEnery ...  Uncle Ted 4 episodes, 1993
Susan Fleetwood ...  Eva Kay 4 episodes, 1993
Jason Watkins ...  Terry 4 episodes, 1993
Henrietta Bess Henrietta Bess ...  Carol 4 episodes, 1993
Tom Gregory Tom Gregory ...  The Fish 4 episodes, 1993
Vicky Murdock Vicky Murdock ...  Helen 4 episodes, 1993
William Chubb William Chubb ...  Richard 4 episodes, 1993
Bob Wellings Bob Wellings ...  TV Interviewer 4 episodes, 1993
Amanda Root ...  First TV Producer 4 episodes, 1993
Philip Franks Philip Franks 4 episodes, 1993
Ian Barritt Ian Barritt ...  Ian 4 episodes, 1993
Michael Lumsden ...  Derek 4 episodes, 1993
Mark Sproston Mark Sproston 4 episodes, 1993
Noriko Aida ...  Shinko 4 episodes, 1993
Sarah Neville Sarah Neville ...  Marlene Pyke 4 episodes, 1993
Daniel Flynn ...  Simon 4 episodes, 1993
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ...  Carl 4 episodes, 1993
Helen Blatch Helen Blatch ...  Pyke's Maid 4 episodes, 1993
David Bradley ...  Helen's father / ... 4 episodes, 1993
Abigail Canton Abigail Canton ...  Frankie 4 episodes, 1993
Joe Duttine Joe Duttine ...  Stage Manager 4 episodes, 1993
Susie Fairfax Susie Fairfax ...  Script Editor 4 episodes, 1993
Kim Fenton Kim Fenton ...  John 4 episodes, 1993
Jane Galloway Jane Galloway ...  Journalist 4 episodes, 1993
Michael Gardiner Michael Gardiner ...  Sean Brisby 4 episodes, 1993
Sally George ...  Joanna 4 episodes, 1993
Max Gold Max Gold ...  Frank 4 episodes, 1993
Omar Gonga Omar Gonga ...  Baby Leila 4 episodes, 1993
Caroline Harding Caroline Harding ...  New York Interpreter 4 episodes, 1993
Shirley King Shirley King ...  Marianne 4 episodes, 1993
Syreeta Kumar Syreeta Kumar ...  First Night Girl 4 episodes, 1993
Richard Leaf ...  Photographer 4 episodes, 1993
Moti Makan Moti Makan ...  Funeral Mourner 4 episodes, 1993
Keith Osborn Keith Osborn ...  Boyd 4 episodes, 1993
Matt Patresi ...  Journalist 4 episodes, 1993
Dariel Pertwee ...  Louise 4 episodes, 1993
Martin Rayner ...  Tony Bell 4 episodes, 1993
Mark Strong ...  Second TV Producer 4 episodes, 1993
Julia Tarnoky Julia Tarnoky ...  Designer 4 episodes, 1993
Cathy White Cathy White ...  Jane 4 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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Comedy | Drama

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Esikaupunkien Buddha See more »

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| (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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Quotes

David Bowie: Down on my knees in Suburbia!
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Connections

Featured in David Bowie: The Buddha of Suburbia (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The Buddha of Suburbia
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Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of BMG International
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Race in 1970s Britain?
5 April 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

While I know nothing about racism in England, especially in the 1970s, this was a rather interesting film because it had the Indian/English focus, as opposed to the black/white focus we tend to have with American films. It is a different dynamic, and I have to wonder how it all works there. I don't think of Indians as being one of the more hated racial groups, but in England you do have that colonialism stigma factored in.

Naveen Andrews nailed it. I was not aware of who he was until "Lost", but this mini-series shows he was a great actor long before that. I have to wonder why he wasn't noticed sooner. Then again, he seems to be stuck with ethnically ambiguous roles (on "Lost" he was Iraqi), so maybe his full value is not appreciated yet.


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