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Surviving Sabu
Surviving Sabu

Surviving Sabu 1997


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Surviving Sabu 1997

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Iqbal Rashid

Funded by the Arts Council of England as part of its Moving Image series of films about ethnic identity in Britain, Ian Iqbal Rashid's debut short deservedly won him various industry accolades upon its release. Its sympathetic depiction of a strained relationship between a budding gay filmmaker and his conservative Muslim father as they collaborate on a film about Indian star Sabu - best known for his contribution to British cinema in the 1930s and 40s - is steered by exceptional performances from Suresh Oberoi and Navin Chowdry.

Generational conflict lies at the heart of the tension: armed with the arrogance of youth and an air of intellectual superiority, Amin seeks to expose his father's idol as a colonial pawn who became the unwitting victim of Hollywood exploitation. Sadru despairs of his son's lack of respect, and struggles to come to terms with Amin's sexuality and lifestyle. The ensuing drama is refracted through images of Sabu in glorious Technicolor, freeze-framed forever in his youthful prime, in marked contrast to the monochrome reality of his fall from grace.

Directed by

Ian Iqbal Rashid


Suresh Oberoi

Navin Chowdhry




Gays (male)


LGBT Britain




United Kingdom

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