Chandeep Uppal, Anna Brewster, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Ayesha Dharker,
Mark Williams and Kathy Burke
Director: Metin Huseyin
Running Time: 92 mins
buy on DVD 26th May
In 1972, Meena (Uppal)
wanted nothing more than to grow up to be a successful writer and blonde.
Being the only Indian family in their small midlands village and with her
Mama (Dharker) and Papa (Bhaskar) wanting her to be a doctor or a teacher,
Meena needed a distraction for all this pressure and it came in the form
of new neighbour Anita (Brewster). She was rebellious, blonde and cool,
everything Meena so desperately wanted to be.
Based on Meera Syal's
(from TVs Goodness Gracious Me) best selling novel, Anita & Me is another
good British-Asian comedy to hit the big screen.
This rites of passage
teen comedy/drama from a British prospective and it shows. As well as some
very witty moments, there is also underlying issues that drive the story
along. Acceptance, growing racial tension in the young and the impact of
new cultures are explored with comedy as the linchpin that holds everything
to together and this is what British-Asian cinema is doing extremely well.
The story is completed
my some very good performances. Young Chandeep Uppal carries the entire
movie on her small shoulders but she does it magnificently. Been the star
and narrator, she is on screen or involved in nearly every frame. She is
definitely one to watch. Anna Brewster complements Uppal's enthusiasm with
her laid back, I'm too cool for life attitude but injecting vulnerability
when it is needed. The adult supporting class help the young leads along
but they don't distract you from their performances.
By blending serious
issues and comedy, British-Asian cinema is appealing to everyone and with
Anita & Me we have another funny and quite moving look into Anglo-Asian
from writer Meera Syal and director Metin Huseyin, Deleted scenes, 'Behind
The Scenes' footage, Theatrical trailer TV and radio spots, Interactive
menu & Scene access
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