GenreComedy, Drama Final episode dateNovember 24, 1993 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release date3 November 1993 (1993-11-03) â€“ 24 November 1993 (1993-11-24) Based onThe Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi NetworksBritish Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Two WritersHanif Kureishi, Roger Michell CastNaveen Andrews (Karim Amir), Jemma Redgrave, Nisha Nayar, Susan Fleetwood, Brenda Blethyn Similar moviesBeautiful Darling, Persuasion (Since 1995), The Acid House, Star-ving (2009), The Hunger (1997 â€“ 2000)
Bbc2 the buddha of suburbia trailer nov 1993
The Buddha of Suburbia is a 1993 British four-part television serial, directed by Roger Michell. Based on the novel of the same name by Hanif Kureishi, the programme starred Naveen Andrews as the main character, Karim Amir. The programme's music was written and performed by David Bowie.
Unable to find distribution in America, the series was given a limited engagement screening at The Public Theater in Manhattan from December 1994 to January 1995.
Karim Amir is a mixed-race 17-year-old who lives in a South London suburb during the 1970s. With an English mother and a Pakistani father, Karim is uncertain of his cultural identity. As his father becomes a kind of spiritual guru to the surrounding middle-class neighbours, Karim begins to explore his cultural roots with hopes that he will achieve sexual and racial self-realisation.
Naveen Andrews as Karim Amir
Roshan Seth as Haroon Amir
Susan Fleetwood as Eva Kay
Steven Mackintosh as Charlie Kay
Brenda Blethyn as Margaret Amir
Harish Patel as Changez
Nisha K. Nayar as Jamila
David Bamber as Shadwell
John McEnery as Uncle Ted
Vicky Murdoch as Helen
David Bradley as Helen's Father
Jemma Redgrave as Eleanor
Jason Watkins as Terry
Richard Leaf as Photographer
Amanda Root as First TV Producer
Mark Strong as Second TV Producer
Segments for the series were filmed at Naveen Andrews' old school Emanuel School. The extras used in the series were real punks, skinheads, suedeheads, hippies, and musicians cast by actress Barbie Wilde.
The series features many songs from the seventies as well as music written and performed specifically for the series by David Bowie. While an album classified as the series' soundtrack was released on 8 November 1993, the tracks on the album are significantly reworked. The primary song that remains the same on the soundtrack album is the programme's theme song "The Buddha of Suburbia". A promotional music video was made for the song, featuring Bowie performing the song while strolling around an English suburb as scenes from the series are intercut throughout.