Sacha Dhawan To Lead The Boy With The Topknot

BBC Two has announced that Sacha Dhawan (Iron Fist) will play the lead role in Mick Ford’s adaptation of The Boy With The Topknot, Sathnam Sanghera’s memoirs of childhood in 1980’s Wolverhampton.

Sathnam’s memoirs are the story of a second-generation Indian growing up in the West Midlands. His book is an account of his childhood and facing up to painful family secrets and truths in his twenties – not least because his father and sister had suffered from schizophrenia, and that he was going to defy expectations of an arranged marriage.

Sacha Dhawan says: “After reading Sathnam’s memoir; The Boy With The Topknot, I was so excited to hear that BBC, Kudos and Parti Productions were adapting it. Not only is it a beautiful story, but it’s also funny and immensely moving. I feel incredibly proud to be playing Sathnam, and look forward to telling a story, which has already touched so many people.”

The cast also includes Joanna Vanderham (Man In An Orange Shirt) as Sathnam’s girlfriend Laura, Anupam Kher (Bend It Like Beckham) and Deepti Naval (Lion) as his parents, with Kiran Sonia Sawar (Murdered By My Father) and Sam Otto (Crossing The Border) playing their younger selves.

The Boy With The Topknot will be directed by Lynsey Miller and filming begins in and around the West Midlands next month.