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Punk rock, bisexuality and class in the London suburbs - a guide to grabbing life!
on 8 December 2007
The Buddha of Suburbia, based on Hanif Kureishi's first novel brims with punk rock, bisexuality, class and race. All told with a genuine greed for life. Karim, our protagonist, is born in the suburbs of South London, itching to get into the thick of things. Being British and half-Asian gives him the permission to be different, looking at life both from the outside and from within.
The film, with stunning music by David Bowie has all the headiness and the confidence of being happily genuine. Karim tells us again and again that there is nothing worse than being ordinary, confirming to pivet-hedge dullness. Karim experiences a range of characters and crushes - upper-middle class middle-aged bored and wealthy women who see him as an exotic bit of fun to spice up their lives, racist men who are terrified of the effect Karim has on their daughters (and sons), and a range of alternative left-wing activists putting on "alternative" performances who want Karim to alter his British accent so he can convincingly play Mowgli from the Jungle Book to fulfil their fantasies.
Karim is interested in experiencing all these people and everything they have to give him, moving on to more. Although Karim suffers racism and loony politics from both the right and the left, he won't let it stop him from experiencing life. The Buddha of Suburbia shows us how exciting life can be, if only we let it in.
The DVD also captures something of the excitement, high-drama and chaos of Margaret Thatcher's 1980's when Britain undoubtedly became a more modern, decisive and dramatic nation - though some would arguably call it a harsh wake-up. And it captures brilliantly the potential for hot sexy mishap that we can all have within our crawling, safe lives.