Controversial Sikh Playwright Now Working on Film

October 3, 2005

Source: Evening Telegraph

On October 3, 2005 the Evening Telegraph reported, "Controversial playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, whose play Behzti (Dishonour) provoked violent demonstrations from members of the Sikh community in Birmingham last year, is now working on a film to be set in Dundee... Pound Shop Boys is a comedy drama about a group of young Sikhs in Dundee who want to set up in business, and end up taking on a dilapidated ice cream van from which to sell curry around the city. Producer Clare Kerr, of Mead Kerr Productions, confirmed that Dundee was suggested as a possible location for the film as the action requires a city with beautiful countryside close at hand... The project is in its very early stages and has received a grant for script development under the Fast Forward scheme run by Scottish Screen, BBC Scotland, BBC Films and ContentFilm plc, which aims to fund three low cost films with target budgets of �1.2 million each.

Born in Watford, Miss Bhatti started her career as an actress before concentrating on writing. Pound Shop Boys will be her first feature film."