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BPS Recommends: South Asian Heritage Month

Monday, 31 July


South Asian Heritage Month

We're celebrating #SouthAsianHeritageMonth with a line-up of fantastic films featuring or created by artists of South Asian heritage. From comedy to drama, documentary to short films there's something for everyone... So what are we waiting for? Let's get watching!

The White Tiger (2021)

15 | 2 Hrs 5 Mins | Drama

The ambitious driver for a rich Indian family uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and become an entrepreneur. Based on the bestselling novel by Aravind Adiga.

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The White Tiger.

Street Food Asia (2019)

12 | 1 Season | Cooking

Embark on a culinary journey and discover the stories of the people who create flavorful dishes in the streets of Bangkok, Delhi, Yogyakarta, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore and Cebu.

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Street Food Asia

Milestone (2021)

PG | 1 Hr 37 Mins | Drama

Recently marking 500,000 kilometers on the road, a newly bereaved trucker faces the threat of losing the job that has come to define him to a new intern.

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Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

12 | 1 Hr 51 Mins | Romantic Comedy

New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. 

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Crazy Rich Asians

Bollywood at the Proms: BBC Proms (2023)

U | 2 Hrs 7 Mins | Music

Celebrating the musical legacy of Bollywood, the Proms pays tribute to Lata Mangeshkar, the voice behind the hit songs that defined Indian cinema’s greatest films. 

Superstar singers Palak and Palash Muchhal, plus Indian classical musicians and Bollywood dancers, join forces with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in a glorious musical fusion that commemorates more than five decades of the late playback singer’s stellar career. 

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Indian Summers (2015)

15 | Series | Drama

As Indian Summers begins, the stories of promises, secrets, politics, power, sex and love play out as the British Raj begins to falter and a nation opens its eyes to the possibilities of freedom...

Starring Julie Walters and Nikesh Patel.

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Queer Parivaar (2022)

27 Mins | Short

Iris Prize-winning short film. When a mysterious gate crasher appears at their wedding, Madhav and Sufi are forced to face past secrets and reflect on what makes a family.

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Secrets of Wild India (2012)

6+ | 45 Mins | Docuseries

This National Geographic documentary starring David Attenborough explores the secrets of India's extraordinary animals and nature and celebrates the diversity and drama of the country's inspiring landscapes.

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Shiv Shastri Balboa (2023)

13+ | 2 Hrs 9 Mins | Comedy 

Shiv Shastri, a retiree from India and a big Rocky movie fan moves to the USA and ends up on an unexpected road trip through the American heartland that teaches him it's never too late to reinvent yourself

This film is available in Hindi with English subtitles.

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The Big Sick (2017)

16+ | 2 Hrs | Comedy

The Big Sick is based on the real-life courtship between Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Nanjiani) and grad student Emily Gordon (Zoe Kazan) who fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings.  

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Aparajito (1958)

1 Hr 44 Mins | Drama

After the death of his father, Apu leaves his mother and goes to Kolkata to study. His mother falls sick but she doesn't let the news get to him, because it would affect his academics.

This film is in Bengali language with English subtitles.

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Start Watching...

With so many great films, it’s about time we start watching, if we want to get through the list. Follow Live & Local on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular film recommendations and more.

Streaming Films Online

Many of the films on BBC iPlayer and 4oD offer subtitles and audio description.
For a handy guide on getting setting up and using BBC iPlayer on your smart TV click here.

A guide to film certificate age ratings can be found here.


You can find out more about celebrating South Asian Heritage Month here: South Asian Heritage Month

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