A stellar ensemble cast from television, music and film has been unveiled for the new independent British Asian feature film ‘Amar, Akbar & Tony’. The production, which is set to embrace the vibrancy of today’s British Asian Culture, is written and directed by debutant Atul Malhotra, and has just begun shooting in West London. Described as a coming of age friendship comedy, the film’s title alludes to the 1970’s Bollywood classic ‘Amar,Akbar and Anthony’.
The main protagonists of the London set drama comprise of ‘Life Goes On’ and ‘Spooks’ star Rez Kempton, Sam Vincenti from ‘Waking the Dead’ and Martin Delaney; last seen in Katherine Bigelow’s Oscar-winning ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. Whilst the leading ladies include multi-talented ‘Waterloo Road’ actress and singer-songwriter Karen David, ‘Casualty’ and ‘Lemon La Vida’ actress Laura Aikman as well as ‘It’s A Wonderful Afterlife’ star Goldy Notay.
Talking more about the film, director Malhotra shared "My vision is to portray on film, the self-assuredness and determination of the multicultural youth of today. There have been so many portrayals of Asian people wanting to escape from their cultural heritage, but I wanted to explore the contrasting angle. The film will embrace the vibrancy and distinctiveness of this influential culture and will wear its Asian heart proudly on its sleeve. My film is a celebration of the bonds that tie us together through friendship, love, loss and ultimately redemption."
The multi-starrer production also boasts an incredible supporting cast with cameo appearance from Goodness Gracious Me’s Meera Syal, Ace Bhatti and Nina Wadia; who recently featured in an explosive Eastenders sotryline, as well as Games of Throne actress Amrita Acharia and Brit Asian singer Shide Boss. Dr Manrina Rhode; wife of musical extraordinaire Rishi Rich, is also set to feature in the film and will be making her Bollywood debut this year.
‘Amar, Akbar & Tony’ is set to release in Autumn 2013.