From acclaimed writer Hanif Kureishi, My Son The Fanatic is a contemporary love story set against a comic clash of generations and culture. Parvez is a taxi driver who loves all things English, especially Bettina, a local prostitute. Their relationship gradually develops into a deeper and more passionate one, as Parvez’s home life gradually crumbles. This is due to his son’s, Fravid, gradual rejection of Western institutions and values and acceptance of Islamic Fundamentalism. More pressure is brought to bear by a German business man, Schitz, who makes continual use of both Parvez and Bettina in their professional capacities, culminating in his demand for them to organise an orgy to impress some local business colleagues. Everything comes to a head when Farvid and his group decide to rid the town of its corrupting influence and attack the local prostitutes trapping Parvez in the middle and forcing him to decide just where his loyalties lie.
Director: Udayan Prasad
Cast: Omi Puri, Rachel Griffiths and Stellan Skarsgård
The film was selected for the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, winning the “Prix de L’Education Nationale.”