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The Boy with the Topknot (2017)

One-off drama based on the critically acclaimed memoirs of British journalist Sathnam Sanghera. A touching, humorous and emotional rites-of-passage story.

Director:

Lynsey Miller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sacha Dhawan ... Sathnam
Deepti Naval ... Sathnam's Mother
Anupam Kher ... Sathnam's Father
Joanna Vanderham ... Laura
Vineeta Rishi ... Puli
Jaz Deol ... Rajah
Anjli Mohindra ... Bindi
Himmut Singh Datt Himmut Singh Datt ... Young Sathnam (as Himmut Singh Dhatt)
Shaheen Khan Shaheen Khan ... Aunt Sharanjit
Kriss Dosanjh Kriss Dosanjh ... Uncle Mohinder
Aaron Thiara Aaron Thiara ... Hardip
Ravin J. Ganatra Ravin J. Ganatra ... Dr. Dutta
Dinita Gohil Dinita Gohil ... Kiran Chahal
Michael Shelford ... Greg
Sharon Duncan-Brewster ... Carol
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One-off drama based on the critically acclaimed memoirs of British journalist Sathnam Sanghera. A touching, humorous and emotional rites-of-passage story.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Punjabi

Release Date:

8 November 2017 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

The filming of Satnams parents house was in Shirley, Solihull not Wolverhampton. See more »

Goofs

When Satnam is taking his mother to the hospital, at first, his Mum isn't wearing her seatbelt. Then, after a cut, she suddenly is wearing it. See more »

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Performed by The xx
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Growing up
6 December 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Boy with the Topknot is adapted from journalist Sathnam Sanghera's memoirs. A Wolverhampton tale of a second generation immigrant who arrogantly thinks he has made his way in life and love on his own terms

Sathnam (Sacha Dhawan) is a Cambridge University graduate, a journalist and in love with a young white girl. She wants to him to tell about her to his parents. He is reluctant and ends up losing the girl and eventually his job.

Sathnam's mother (Deepti Naval) wants him to marry a nice Punjabi girl. Sathnam never realised what exactly was wrong with his father (Anupam Kher) and why he did not work. His father developed schizophrenia. As he delves further into his family history he discovers that his mum had little choice as to who he married and that her husband had a mental illness which would sporadically result in violent outbursts.

Maybe because this drama is condensed into a 90 minute film it never really got underneath the surface. A drama of a journalist who never uncovered his family's secrets. He could not even speak Punjabi. When he finally communicates in a heartfelt manner to his mum, it falls on deaf ears, she can never understand his desperate pleas.


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