Global Politics & Cultures (formerly Independent Thought & Freedom)
Episode 25

Working at the highest levels in film and television in the UK and India w/ Farrukh Dhondy

Kirk Meighoo published on

LISTEN to the FULL episode 3 w/ award-winning writer and political activist, Farrukh Dhondy BELOW! 

Farrukh Dhondy has lived a fascinating life that continues to be productive and endlessly interesting.

In this interview excerpt he reflects upon himself and a handful of other Indian and Indian-origin persons -- VS Naipaul, Shekhar Kapur, AR Rahman -- who have worked at the highest levels of British and Indian arts: film, literature, television.

They have been able to win both Oscars and Bollywood awards for films like "Bandit Queen", "Elizabeth", "Mungal Pandey: The Rising". Plus they have award winning work in literature and television in both cultures.

This is highly unusual, as it is perhaps unparallelled anywhere that two cultures with such distinct and strong artistic traditions, icons, and languages, have these individuals that can move freely at will between them.

Farrukh Dhondy, in fact, was a lynchpin in this development, and shares his insight.

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