Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Niraj Kapur

On the Writers' Guild of Great Britain website, Guild member Niraj Kapur explains how he has fought expectations about the subjects a British Asian writer should choose.
The biggest misconception producers have about Asians is that we are only capable of writing Asian projects around the ethnic clichés of curry houses, corner shops, Bollywood, arranged marriages, terrorism and racism.

I was born and educated in Northern Ireland. Sixteen challenging years in England followed, including drama school, two years on Income Support, marriage, fatherhood, being a regular game show contestant, joining the Chocolate Tasting Society, collecting rock music and doing unique office jobs. My experiences have been wonderful and varied. Why would I want to limit myself to writing stories about depressing racism or clichéd arranged marriages?

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