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Bollywood Jack

Bollywood Jack

Tara Arts

Wed 7 December 2016 - Sat 7 January 2017


Farrukh Dhondy Writer

Screenwriter, playwright and best-selling novelist, Farrukh in his incarnation as Commissioning Editor for Multi-Cultural Programming for Channel 4 (84-97) commissioned hundreds of hours of TV in all genres, including the Oscar nominated Salaam Bombay, Shekhar Kapur's Bandit Queen, and award-winning TV shows like Desmonds and Family Pride. 

Theatre: Farrukh's opera based on Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, score by Danyal Dhondy, was given its world premiere performance at the Riverside Studios in the Tete a Tete opera festival. Karna - Warrior Of The Sun (Delhi and Chennai); Mama Drago (Arts Theatre & ICA, London); Vigilantes (Unicorn Theatre, London); Shapesters (English National Theatre); Film, Film, Film (Shaw Theatre, London); Brain Child (Delhi- various venues); Victoria and Abdul (Mumbai, Tata Theatre, Delhi, Pune) and Miranda (Edinburgh Assembly Rooms and India International Drama Festival 2011).

Television: Come To Mecca (6 plays for the BBC); No Problem (sitcom, Channel 4); Tandoori Nights (Comedy drama, Channel 4); Empress and The Munshi (Drama, Central TV); King Of The Ghetto (Drama serial, BBC); Annie's Bar (Channel 4); Rajdhani (Star TV India) and Not Doing Christmas (BBC 2007).

Film: Victoria and Abdul (commissioned by Gurinder Chadha's Bend it Films); Londonstani (Slingshot Films backed by the BFI); A Bend In The River (for director Hugh Hudson); Bandit Queen (Executive writer); Split Wide Open; The Alexandria Quartet (4 films at script stage); The Ramayan (Numero Uno Films, Bombay); The Rising (Kaleidoscope films); American Daylight (Kaleidoscope Films, directed by Oscar-winning director Roger Christian); Take Three Girls (Inspired Movies); Exitz (Dir. Laurens Postma); Red Mercury (Dir. Roy Battersby); Kisna (Subhash Ghai films. One of a team of writers); Maqbool (Kaleidoscope. Script Editor) and Cover Story (Dir. Laurens Postma).

Fiction, Novels and Short Story Collections: East End At Your Feet (Macmillan); Come To Mecca (Harper Collins); Poona Company (Golllancz); Trip Trap (Gollancz); Bombay Duck (Jonathan Cape); Black Swan (Gollancz); Janaky And The Giant (Harper Collins); Clr James: A Biography (Weidenfeld); Run (Bloomsbury); The Bikini Murders (Harper Collins India. For three weeks on the top of the Indian best seller lists); Rumi, An Introductory Translation (Harper Collins, India and Arcade USA); Adultery And Other Stories (Harper Collins, India); London Company (Hachette India) and Prophet Of Love (Harper Collins, India).


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