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Max Beesley, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Anna Brewster, Anita Rutter, Kathy Burke, Ayesha Dharker, Omid Djalili, Alex Freeborn, Sam Lowbridge, Lynn Redgrave, Zohra Sehgal, Meera Syal, Chandeep Uppal, Mark Williams

Directed by: Metin Hüseyin
Written by: Meera Syal
Produced by: Paul Raphael

US: 00/00/02 UK: 22/11/02

Based on the novel by Meera Syal. Meena is a 12-year-old living in a mining village in the English Midlands in 1972. The daughter of Indian parents who've come to England to give her a better life. This idyllic existence is upset by the arrival in the village of Anita Rutter and her dysfunctional family. Anita is 14, blonde and beautiful - exactly what Meena thinks she wants to be. She becomes part of Anita's world, but events do not run smoothly. Meena's growing up - and that brings plenty of changes.
Isn't the 15 minutes over yet? That is: for warm Indian immigrants battling to understand the alien British culture of working class losers in the 60s and 70s? Apparently not. More seriously, this is another of those flicks which is quite happy to peddle stereotypes, so long as they cover the indigenous population.

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