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Anita & Me (2002)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 22 November 2002 (UK)
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 »


Metin Hüseyin


Meera Syal (screenplay), Meera Syal (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kabir Bedi ... Yeti
Max Beesley ... Hairy Neddy
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Papa Kumar
Anna Brewster ... Anita Rutter
Kathy Burke ... Mrs. Deidre Rutter
Ayesha Dharker ... Mrs. Daljeet Kumar
Omid Djalili ... Uncle Amman
Alex Freeborn Alex Freeborn ... Sam Lowbridge
Lynn Redgrave ... Mrs. Ormerod
Zohra Sehgal ... Nanima
Meera Syal ... Auntie Shaila
Christine Tremarco Christine Tremarco ... Sandy
Chandeep Uppal Chandeep Uppal ... Meena Kumar
Mark Williams ... The Reverend 'Uncle' Alan
Lucy Pargeter Lucy Pargeter ... Brenda


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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Comedy | Drama


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English | Hindi | Punjabi

Release Date:

22 November 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£453,613 (United Kingdom), 24 November 2002, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


Alex Freeborn as Sam Lowbridge rides a 1971 Triumph Bonneville. See more »


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 »


Tracey Rutter: Aw what's the dog's name?
Mrs. Rutter: Nigga
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I Hear You Knocking
Written by David Bartholomew and Earl King
Performed by Dave Edmunds
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Give it some more screen space
28 November 2002 | by m_stoneSee all my reviews

I went to see this movie because it wasn't Harry Potter or Bond, and I felt I should support the currently subdued British Film industry, but was very glad that I had. One of the best films I've seen so far this year - certainly better than most of the blockbusters so far.

I found it an excellent film with a nice blend of pathos and belly laughs, the poignant mixed with the comedic. I found Chandeep Uppal, as the lead, Meena, gave an excellent performance and deserves to go onto other things. Many stalwarts of British comedy; Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Kathy Burke, Mark Williams ... also gave solid performances. Of course, having grown up in the area it was set in I found myself identifying with the film more - wondering if the Queen Elizabeth Grammar school was the school I attended with the name changed; wondering if my family was ever part of the 70s Walsall tupperware set.

My problem came with the screening itself - seeing it on the Wednesday after the Friday release we were on one screen with 2 (evening) screenings on the smallest screen in the cinema (which was incidentally, mainly full). The previous week, I had seen Harry Potter, at about the same time, in the largest screen, and there were probably less than 30 people there, as it had been showing intensively every half an hour (and continues to). Most of the rest of the screens in the cinema were taken up with Bond. Come on British cinemas; push our own homegrown films a bit more - there's a lot of talent there but we've got to be able to see it.

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