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Behsharam: (Shameless) (Oberon Modern Plays) [Paperback]

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
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17 Oct 2001 Oberon Modern Plays
Teenager Sati loves Arsenal striker Ian Wright. Her sister Jaspal dreams of a singing career as a Karen Carpenter impersonator. But since their Mum left on a pilgrimage to India seven years before, Jaspal's life has been spiralling out of control...So what if she smokes the odd spliff and turns the odd trick? When Sati starts asking questions Jaspal can't handle, the pressure begins to build. The truth about the past that everybody has kept from Sati has to come out...Behsharam is Gurpreet Bhatti's first play. Set in Birmingham, it is a bold and original new comedy about one family's secrets and obsessions, dreams and dysfunctions.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd (17 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840022493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840022490
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gurpreet Bhatti's Behsharam (Shameless), also published by Oberon, received critical acclaim, and she is currently under commission to Kali Theatre, Maya Productions and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (UK).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great :) 20 Feb 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful look at Indian life in the UK 1 Oct 2002
By Michael J. Mazza - Published on
"Behsharam (Shameless)," by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, is a play that looks at the lives of an Indian family living in the United Kingdom. The opening pages of the book version note that the play was first performed in the UK in 2001. The back cover notes that Bhatti has written for television and radio, and that "Behsharam" is her first play.
The play opens in 1998 with Jaspal, a young Indian woman, doing her cabaret act--a sort of Karen Carpenter tribute/impersonation. Her sister Sati comes to visit her. With the third scene, the time frame shifts to 1994, where we learn more of the sister' dysfunctional 3-generation family.
"Behsharam" is a fascinating and moving play. An interracial Black/Indian romance is an important element in the play; the dialogue also deals with Black/Indian relations in the UK on a broader level. One character is a frustrated poet, and his situation is an interesting counterpoint to Jaspal's artistic aspirations. Although the dysfunctional family element gets a bit shrill at times, ultimately I found this material very effective. This play is a solid exploration of creativity, the cult of celebrity, family dynamics, gender issues, and multiethnic life in the UK.
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