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Tandoori Nights Apart from the Kama Sutra (1985– ) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Comedy
Original Title: Apart from the Kama Sutra
Director: Jon Amiel
Writers: Farrukh Dhondy
Released: 1985–
Duration: 30min
Video type: TV Episode
Episode complete credited cast:
Saeed Jaffrey Saeed Jaffrey - Jimmy Sharma
Tariq Yunus Tariq Yunus - Allaudin
Rita Wolf Rita Wolf - Asha
Shelley King Shelley King - Bubbly
Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson - Noor
Badi Uzzaman Badi Uzzaman - Rashid
Rashid Karapiet Rashid Karapiet - Gupta (as Rashid Karrapiet)
Alan Belk Alan Belk - Morris
Tapan Ghosh Tapan Ghosh - Fazloo
Roly Lamas Roly Lamas - Gazloo
Ishaq Bux Ishaq Bux - Hansa Mia
Zohra Sehgal Zohra Sehgal - Gran
Angela Browne Angela Browne - Delia

Reviews: [1]

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    The plot of this is that Saeed Jafarey is the widowed owner of an Indian restaurant, The Jewel in The Crown, in London's East End. He is Punjabi and lives with his mother (Zohra Segal) and two daughters (one who is Rita Wolf of Beautiful Launderette fame). The older daughter is a socialist lawyer who runs the local community legal advice centre and the younger (Wolf) is a gobby college girl.

    The chef of the restaurant is an oddball Bangladeshi, named Alaudin. He has entrusted the hiring of new staff to Alaudin, as his old staff have mutinied (which leaves the superior Punjabi Jafarey to say 'you can never trust a Bangladeshi') and decided to open up a new restaurant, The Far Pavillions (you get the literary joke)- and Alaudin is using nepotism to fill it with family relations (a funny old guy who suddenly becomes a wine waiter- joke is being Bangladeshi he is a teetotal Muslim) and also a young man who is obsessed with Rita Wolf, Saeed's daughter.

    But she has her own problems with Jafarey's new squeeze, a white lady who Jafarey invites to the restaurant- however everyone is surprised with the white lady's reaction to the restaurant! Overall, I found this a sharp, well-written (with a few cracking lines), humorous traditional British Sit-com with an ethnic twist- a good first episode- everyone clearly feels a bit new and unsure of what they're doing but work well to get over this. Saeed Jafarey is, as ever, superb, and the playing in general is good. Also Jafarey's problems with an old man who, despite all his qualifications and previous status, cannot find a job (and has clearly cracked over his failure to land a job even as a waiter!) lend the mordant air to this sit-com which is so prevalent to British sit-coms, and which makes them in my view quite special.

    On a last note, this was directed by Jon Amiel around the same time as his masterpiece, The Singing Detective.