The Boy with the Topknot – Film Review
The Boy with the Topknot is a beautiful, moving adaptation of Sathnam Sanghera’s critically acclaimed memoir
Sathnam, a British journalist born and grew up in Wolverhampton, UK. He was the first member of his family to go to university and created a successful life for himself in London, as a columnist for The Times, away from his family.
After falling in love with his English girlfriend, Laura, Sathnam is conflicted and finds it difficult to introduce Laura to his family. He cannot bring himself to tell his family he is going to be the first one to marry out of the tightly knit Sikh community he was brought up in.
Now in his 20s, Sathnam builds up the courage to finally introduce Laura to his Sikh family, but instead learns a painful family secret.
At it’s heart, The Boy with the Topknot, is coming to terms with Mental Illness. With World Mental Health day having just passed a few weeks ago, this beautifully told drama could not have come at a better time.
The Boy with the Topknot, like the book is a touching, humorous and emotional story of a second-generation Sikh growing up in Britain and how he juggles his family, love life and career.
The stigma surrounding Mental Health in the Sikh and the wider South Asian community is still that of shame and many individuals and families are not sure how to talk about such issues. This is an unfortunate truth, especially in countries outside of the UK.
I commend Sathnam on his memoir and the success of this 90 minute BBC Drama, which will raise awareness, pull on your heart strings as well as having some insight into the lives of some families who have emigrated to the West.
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