The Boy with the Top­Knot

The Sunday Telegraph - - Television & Radio - Sarah Hughes

Those who have read d jour­nal­ist Sath­nam Sanghera’s mov­ing mem­oir about grow­ing ng up in Wolver­hamp­ton and his fa­ther’s strug­gle with h men­tal health will know that t the joy of The Boy with the he Top­knot lies in the way that it com­bines an en­ter­tain­ing com­ing- - of-age tale with a more re emo­tional look at the e im­pact that men­tal health is­sues can have ve on a fam­ily. This drama, by Mick Ford, d, con­cen­trates less on Sanghera’s child­hood d and more on his adult lt self, de­tail­ing what hap­pened af­ter he dis­cov­ered that his fa­ther and sis­ter were both schiz­o­phrenic. Sacha Dhawan does a fine job in the lead­ing role and the film is clever in its de­pic­tion of what it feels like to be caught be­tween two worlds: Sath­nam feels no longer fully part of the close com­mu­nity in which he was raised, and yet he is equally un­com­fort­able with his glittery Lon­don me­dia life and un­able to tell his fam­ily that he’s plan­ning to move in with his white girl­friend. The real power, how­ever, comes from the care­ful un­pick­ing of the truth of Sanghera’s par­ent’s mar­riage, in par­tic­u­lar the sac­ri­fices made by his mother

(Deepti Naval).

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