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Nineties: Young Cinema Rebels

My Sister-Wife

A Pakistani man’s two wives take drastic measures when competing for his affections.

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Screen Two. BBC 1992
Dir Lesley Manning
With Meera Syal, Shaheen Khan, Paul Bhattacharjee
87min

Meera Syal was studying English and Drama at Manchester University when her stage play One of Us came to the attention of the BBC. Syal was commissioned to write her first TV script and delivered this tale about the competing affections of a Pakistani man’s two wives, which lead to a series of attempts by each to annihilate the other. The drama heralded the arrival of a major new talent with a distinctive and fresh Asian-British voice.

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