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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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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 ...  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
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Julia Tarnoky Julia Tarnoky ...  Designer 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

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English | Urdu | Italian

Release Date:

3 November 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Esikaupunkien Buddha See more »

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| (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Quotes

David Bowie: Down on my knees in Suburbia!
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Connections

Featured in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) See more »

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The Buddha of Suburbia
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Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of BMG International
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Excellent adaptation of Kureishi's novel
26 January 1999 | by sfboy101See all my reviews

Naveen Andrews, probably best known to American audiences as the Indian bomb expert in "The English Patient," plays Karim, a young London high schooler in the 1970's. Karim is caught between loyalties to his mother and his father, who are going through a messy split. Susan Fleetwood is notable as the father's mistress, whose son might or might not be the hottest thing to hit the music scene since Bowie.

The amazing thing about "Buddha..." is the depth of characterization. The secondary characters, and there are at least fifteen, all have their own struggles and histories. Karim floats through his world, trying to be everything to each character -- a friend, a confidant, a lover, a good son, a loyal nephew -- and finds that he can't satisfy everyone. Pay close attention to each story, such as the arranged marriage between Jamila and Changez. It's a comedy of errors orchestrated by her traditional parents that's wonderfully out-of-place for the characters who see themselves liberated members of the "me" generation.

Though this is a mini-series rather than a film, the production values are pretty good. It would be a good idea to rent it for two nights, since it's long. And since it was made for TV anyway, the small screen is just right. (It was shown on a big screen at the San Francisco Gay & Lesbain film festival.)


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