About the Film
Director: Jon Sen
138mins. Video Color.
Finally, a bona fide soap opera about South Asian immigrants in Britain! SECOND GENERATION has it all: the family patriarch felled by a stroke, scheming children trying to take over the curry empire, adultery, suicide, sleeping with the enemy, shirtless hunks and panting sex. This English television two-part series has a new generation of British Asians trying to make a mark in business, love and music while struggling with some very tangled family roots.
The questions come fast and furious as SECOND GENERATION's entanglements unspin. Will Heere's fatal attraction to childhood friend Samir ruin her engagement to Jack? Will uber-bitch Priya fire all her father's faithful employees? What's the guilty secret about his late wife that torments Sharma? Will wonder-boy rapper Uzi hold his own against a record company cashing in on Asian cool?
A dream cast of Parminder Nagra (BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM), Om Puri (EAST IS EAST), Anupam Kher (BECKHAM), Rita Wolf (MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE), Roshan Seth (GANDHI) and Christopher Simpson (WHITE TEETH) provides the fireworks, while Asian Underground figurehead Nitin Sawhney provides the electrifying soundtrack. SECOND GENERATION is certainly a lively potboiler grappling with issues of identity, tradition and the price of immigration, but it's mostly an addictive guilty pleasure, part KING LEAR, part ROMEO AND JULIET and a lot of "I left my heart in Kolkata."