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Theyd known each other for nearly 10 years, and their relationship developed slowly and organically. It wasnt like a countdown with a starting pistol. There was no thunderbolt. It just made sense. We had similar views and a similar sense of humour. And the nice thing was that it grew out of friendship. Low self-esteem He says his wife is far more gifted than him, and he just brings up the average.
Then he adds mischievously: Im legally obliged to say that. Neither spoke for some time about their new status. Even the couples agents werent told about their wedding at a register office at Lichfield in Staffordshire in But they didnt set out to mislead people, he says.
It was simply that no one twigged that they were more than good friends. Marriage and fatherhood has brought Sanjeev a new-found contentment, though its hard to believe this measured and reflective man, whose cultured speaking voice is a million miles from the south London vowels of Sanjeev in The Kumars, once suffered from acute low self-esteem. The handicap led him to favour dank, dingy homes when he could have afforded much better, and even prevented him from looking at his own reflection.
Perhaps many of his problems stem from two key incidents in his adolescence and early adulthood. His schooldays were lived in the shadow of the Southall riots in a climate of vicious racism.
At Sanjeevs secondary school, 30 per cent of the pupils were Asian, and the National Front recruited at the school gates. We [the Asian children] were a big enough minority to be a target. I got racism from both sides, because I was friends with white and Asian pupils, and the rules said you must nail your colours to the mast. I ask whether its true that only two children would sit next to him at class, and he says: For about four months no one did.
He kept this to himself and disappeared to the school library during break to avoid confrontation. It was certainly a crash-course lesson in group dynamics and peer group pressure.
Lots of people didnt speak to me, not because they disliked me, but because the movers and shakers in the school demanded it. It was a great lesson in defining who I was and who my people were. This sense of isolation repeated itself when he later worked in marketing. He took out a legal action against one employer, alleging breach of contract, and it dragged on for two years, leaving him without the vital reference he needed to find another job.
I became very depressed and had to move back in with my parents. I believed that I would spend the rest of my life paying back a debt. At 30, all I could see was a void in front of me.
He signed on the dole and watched endless videos, back to back, to kill time. His despair peaked when he watched two of the most depressing films ever made as the sun went down. Realising that hed reached rock bottom, the very next day he volunteered for his local hospital radio station, and it saved his sanity. And so his luck changed. His old firm settled out of court and he tried his hand at acting.
Teaming up with an old college friend, he began drawing on his British and Asian experiences to perform in his own revue.
He was finally on his way.
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It strikes me that Sanjeev has struggled to match the success of the Kumars. Indeed, ITV pulled the plug on Mumbai Calling, a sitcom he wrote and starred in, after just one series.
Nevertheless, work continues to roll in and he will appear in two films this year. The first, Its a Wonderful Afterlife, is a comedy about a serial killer who goes on a killing spree in West Londons Asian community. He plays the ghost of a victim who haunts the murderer. A return to writing This spring, youll also be able to catch him playing a doctor in a star-studded American movie called London Boulevard, opposite Keira Knightley. After last years successful West End spell as the all-singing, all-dancing King Arthur in Spamalot, he has now returned to writing he owns his own production company and is waiting to hear if ITV will commission his latest comedy set in childrens TV.
He still believes there arent enough British Asians on television, but cant see a solution. Theres a lack of imagination when it comes to casting. If theres an Asian character I might get a call. But if the character is called Philip, the chances are I wont. Spamalot was one of the few exceptions.
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It was great for my ethnicity not to be a factor. But far from turning his back on his heritage, in he embarked on an emotional journey to his fathers ancestral home, now in Pakistan, as part of the BBCs series of programmes marking the 60th anniversary of Indian independence.
I visited the streets and alleys where my father had played, and became a witness to his childhood in a most unexpected way. I rang him during filming and said: Im standing where no one in our family has stood for 60 years.
The Kumars star to meet the Time Lord as Sanjeev Bhaskar to guest in Doctor Who finale
That gave us an unspoken understanding that we couldnt have had before. Going back to that little village in Pakistan, where my father was born under the Raj, was remarkable for a kid who had grown up in Hounslow, just a stones throw from Heathrow airport. And its just as remarkable to think how my familys circumstances have changed in one generation. But my own journey has been no less extraordinary this year. To be made Chancellor of the University of Sussex, the very place where I didnt get in The show has an improvisational feel, though in reality much of the regular cast's performance was scripted but the guest interviews were not.
In the early episodes only Meera Syal improvised to any great extent though as the cast became accustomed to their characters, the improvised content increased for later episodes. Bhaskar stated in a interview, "We never rehearsed the guests, and the best ones were the ones to keep the ball in the air. Sanjeev Bhaskar told interviewer Mark Lawson in August that the inspiration for the series was an embarrassing evening when he took a girlfriend to meet his parents.
They asked her awkward questions and he wondered how they would react if he invited a famous person to his home. Ashwin and Madhuri are exaggerated versions of his own parents. In an interview for Radio Times in MayBhaskar confirmed that the show had run its course and there were no plans for any further series. They also starred in the video.
- Interview with Sanjeev Bhaskar, star of The Kumars at No 42
- Sanjeev Bhaskar celebrates The Kumars!
- The Kumars at No. 42
It reached number 1 in the charts  and sold more thancopies. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation screens it in Australia. It was very popular in New Zealand[ citation needed ], as well, where it was screened by Television New Zealand.