Kumail Nanjiani wants to bring back the iconic film 'My Beautiful Laundrette' as a series
By: Barfi Culture Team
Published: 12th January 2018

The American writer and actor Kumail Nanjiani is planning to turn the iconic British film My Beautiful Laundrette into a series.

He plans to co-write the script and star in it and , Variety magazine reported yesterday.

The film was released in 1985 and later named the 50th greatest British film of the 20th century by the BFI. It was written first as a book by Hanif Kureishi and later also turned into a play.

The story was regarded as ground-breaking for its time. It featured a young London man of Pakistani origin (played by Gordon Warnecke), who is tasked to run a shabby laundrette by his uncle (Saeed Jaffrey) as a job.

Omar, the young man, also turns out to be gay and ends up in a relationship with the leader of a group of racist punks, played by Daniel Day-Lewis. Together they try and run the laundrette but face even more social challenges.

The film tackled racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination at a time when London, and Britain more broadly, was going through social turbulence.

Variety reports that no buyer or distributor has yet been finalised for the series. It is still at announcement stage. Hanif Kureishi will also be executive-producing the series.

Kumail Nanjiani's recent film, The Big Sick, which he co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon, and starred in, was a big success last year. However he is most known for his role in the popular comedy series Silicon Valley.

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Article published on 12th January 2018 in the Entertainment section

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