My Son The Fanatic (1997)

UDAYAN PRASAD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Arts Council of England, BBC Films, British Broadcasting Corporation, Canal+, Image International, UGC DA International, Zephyr Films.  Screenplay by , based on his short story.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Independent Spirit Awards 1999.  

 is excellent in this touching British drama.  He plays a rebellious Muslim Indian taxi driver living in London who enjoys his brandy and jazz music.  His son turns fanatically religious and starts participating in violent protests and inviting religious leaders to live in their home, which provides no end of trouble for our hero. The only relief Puri seems to find in life is his friendship with a prostitute (a fabulous Rachel Griffiths), whose new client () is making both their heads spin. Not for all tastes, but it has its moments.

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