"I feel incredibly proud to be playing Sathnam."
If you’re a fan of Sathnam Sanghera and his books, you’re going to love this!
BBC will begin filming scenes for a 90-minute TV movie, based on the author’s memoir The Boy with the Topknot.
Due to air on BBC 2, locations for the film shooting include Birmingham and Wolverhampton, where the memoir takes place.
The adaptation will follow The Boy with the Topknot. It will focus on Sathnam Sanghera’s childhood and life in Wolverhampton during the 1980s and 90s.
The TV movie aims to portray the struggles the author faced with his family difficulties. Amongst these struggles involved the revelations that both his father and sister suffered from schizophrenia.
Described as a 90-minute TV movie, the adaptation promises to act as a thrilling take on Sathnam Sanghera’s memoir.
Hollywood sensation Sacha Dhawan will portray Sathnam Sanghera himself. Speaking about the role, he says:
“After reading Sathnam’s memoir; The Boy with the Topknot, I was so excited to hear that BBC, Kudos and Parti Productions were adapting it.”
“Not only is it a beautiful story, but it’s also funny and immensely moving.”
“I feel incredibly proud to be playing Sathnam, and look forward to telling a story, which has already touched so many people.”
Amongst the star-studded cast also includes Anupam Kher and Deepti Naval, portraying his parents. Joanna Vanderham portraying Laura, Sanghera’s love interest and finally Hollywood sensation Sacha Dhawan will portray Sanghera himself.
Excitement seems to be building amongst the cast and the production team. Nisha Parti, executive producer at Parti Productions says:
“After a long and tough journey, I am so grateful for the support from Kudos and to the BBC for greenlighting this film and taking the risk in allowing me to tell this difficult, emotional and relevant story.”
“I hope it will speak to many second generation Asians who grew up without access to films like this, but hope it will resonate more widely.
“I am so thrilled to have assembled such a talented cast with both new and exciting British Asian talent working alongside such established actors that I grew up admiring.”
Sathnam Sanghera has spoken to DESIblitz previously about his memoir. He gave an insight into his life as both a journalist and writer. The idea behind writing his memoir came to him as he attempted to escape the looming pressure of an arranged marriage
With a strong cast portraying Sathnam’s interesting life story, the TV movie will no doubt act as a great success.