British Asian teenagers in Redbridge sought for major feature film

PUBLISHED: 09:53 10 January 2018




Undiscovered young male British Asian actors are being sought for an exciting new film that is being supported by the British Film Institute.

A story exploring multicultural identity of young Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu men in Hounslow is set to be adapted for the big screen - and producers are looking for teenagers from Redbridge.

Londonstani follows the life of 18-year-old Jas, and his friends Hardjit, Ravi, and Amit.

The book is written in a dialect that is a mishmash of Punjabi, hiphop, West London slang and text-speak.

It was written by former Financial Times journalist Gaultam Malkani, who received a six-figure advance for the novel, which was published in 2006.

Now a full-lenth feature film is set to be made by director Nirpal Bhogal, who grew up in Ilford and attended Wanstead High School.

He said: “I know the area so well.

“I picked this book up in Waterstones in Ilford when I was 15 or 16 years old and I loved it,

“I was mad at myself when I read the book, as I felt like I should have been less lazy and written it myself”

“It’s crazy to think that I’ve now finshed the film script and will be directing the film.

Nirpal, who directed acclaimed girl gang drama SKET, has reiterated that no acting experience is necessary.

The team is holding open auditions on Monday, January 15between 3:30pm and 7:30pm at The Jack Carter Centre, The Drive, Barkingside.

Confident British-Asian male actors aged 15-18 years old are invited to audition.

The production will rehearse and shoot a short 10 minute film in February.

This short film will be entered into film festivals.

Nirpal intends that the cast in the short film will also feature in the full length feature film.

Nirpal added: “This is a great opportunity for undiscovered talent to be cast in a major feature film.

“Going to the area I grew up in and finding kids who don’t have a point of entry to acting is something I’m so passionate about.”

If you can’t make the audition but are interested, email the production team with a clear photograph and date of birth to

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