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The Buddha of Suburbia (BBC Two Drama, Naveen Andrews)



When his father said pursue the road to happiness, Karim (Naveen Andrews) took the road to sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Adapted from Hanif Kureishi’s novel of the same name, The Buddha of Suburbia is a four-part mini-series following the story of a young man forced to abandon his teenage dreams for a sharp intake of real life. As his Zen-obsessed father swaps his sober-suited commuter life to become a Buddhist guru, Karim discovers sex, racism, punk rock, fringe theatre and unrequited love.

Naveen Andrews plays Karim, Roshan Seth is his philosophical father Haroon and Susan Fleetwood is his free-thinking mistress Eva. David Bowie provided the music.

Cast: Naveen Andrews as Karim Amir; Brenda Blethyn as Margaret Amir; Harish Patel as Changez; Jemma Redgrave as Eleanor; Roshan Seth as Haroon Amir; Steven Mackintosh as Charlie Kay; Susan Fleetwood as Eva Kay; David Bamber as Shadwell; Nisha Nayar as Jamila; Surendra Kochar; Donald Sumpter as Matthew Pyne; Sarah Neville; John McEnery as Uncle Ted; Vicky Murdock as Helen; David Bradley as Helen’s Father; Richard Leaf as Photographer; Amanda Root as 1st TV Producer; Mark Strong as 2nd TV Producer

Writers: Hanif Kureishi, Roger Mitchell / Music: David Bowie / Producer: Kevin Loader / Director: Roger Mitchell

UK / BBC Two / 4×60 minute episodes / 1993