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A Kind of English (1986)

| Drama | TV Movie 1986
A family from Bengal adjusts to life in London.


Ruhul Amin


Paul Hallam


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Credited cast:
Lalita Ahmed ... Mariom
Jamil Ali Jamil Ali ... Samir
Afroza Bulbul Afroza Bulbul ... Shahanara
Badsha Haq Badsha Haq ... Chan
Andrew Johnson ... Tariq


A family from Bengal adjusts to life in London.

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1986 (UK) See more »

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Film Four International See more »
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Very Fine movie
12 July 2006 | by r_omuzSee all my reviews

Ruhul Amin is known for creating sensitive, understated, poetic films centred around life in the Bengali community of East London.

A KING OF English (1986) explores the myriad of complex relationships which develop within a family due to frustrations causes by unemployment, displacement and a longing or the homeland seen through the eyes of a nine-year old boy. His latest release is Rhythms; it is a lyrical film about an old man, a newly arrived bride and a young boy who are bound together in their common appreciation of traditional Bengali music.

The music offers a temporary respite and release from their loneliness and isolation. Ruhul's talent is in his manipulation of cinematic language – the fusion of rich, lingering images with the intensity with the intensity of silence. Often little is said but within "everything else", he manages he manages to evoke a sense of the passion which burns beneath the despair of living in this "cold climate". His work has been likened to the early films of De Sica and Satyajit Ray.

Sarita Malik- interviews Ruhul Amin for BLACK FILM BULLETIN

a British film institute magazine. Autumn 1994 Vol-2 Issue-3

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