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A Private Enterprise

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A Private Enterprise

The trials and tribulations of Shiv, a South Asian entrepreneur trying to set up a business in industrial Birmingham

Drama 1974 72 mins

Director: Peter K. Smith


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Shiv, an enterprising Indian immigrant, navigates industrial Birmingham in an attempt to set up a business manufacturing plastic toys and trinkets. He negotiates the tricky differences between the expectations of his Indian community and the ambitions of his private life, switching picket lines for business leadership and mixing arranged marriages with romantic explorations.

Culturally astute and deftly amusing, A Private Enterprise was the first British feature film to focus on the lives and experiences of immigrants from the Indian subcontinent.