DAVE'S FILMS -
TRiADS, YARDiES & ONiON BHAJEES
BOLLYWOOD! Forget "Bend it like Bekham"! Forget
"East is East"!
is a new genre of Asian film. It's fast! It's violent! And there
are no archetypal Asian cheek-pinching-aunties or big
song'n'dance numbers. Six Million
Dollars has been stolen from Heathrow Airport. Which gang has
it? The Asian Holy Smokes, the Triads, The Yardies or the East
End "Firm"? And who is trying to take over the Holy
Smokes' lucrative cocaine trade (cocaine smuggled in the onion
bhajees from the title)?
the trailers and interviews I've seen and heard this is going to
be a must-see film. It will premiere at Cannes this year and
then go on general release in June. The only problem might be
the certificate, as this is reputed to be a VERY violent film.
thanks to Michael Carrington for sending me a CD ROM of material
from and about the film, which has enabled me to produce this
ain't BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM... this ain't EAST
IS EAST... this is SOUTHALL!
Welcome to London. Home of many creeds and cultures. The modern
criminal underworld reflects the diverse races that call London
is ruled by the HOLY SMOKES crime syndicate. At their head is
the ruthless Chacha (Jas Vassi). His mob include the
psychopathic killer Rocky (Sukie G), the drug addict Abz (Fran
Labbe) and the gentleman gangster Jaz (Ashvin Joshi). To enforce
his rule over his minions Chacha uses Singh (Manish Patel), his
most trusted and ruthless hitman. Although the HOLY SMOKES rule
all of West London, their base is Southall, the stronghold of
the Asian community.
NORTH LONDON is the territory of the TRIADS.
These ruthless Chinese gangsters will do anything to protect
their honour. Leading them is the young Billy Chan (Peter
Peralta). An outsider has killed one of his men Li Fung (Alex
Fung) and Billy swears vengeance! Among Billy's army of thugs is
Ho Lin Wun (Ernesto Leszek) the ruthless assasin who likes to
cut his enemies fingers off for pleasure and amusement.
SOUTH LONDON is governed by the YARDIES, the
Jamaican mafia. At the head of this notorious crew is Lloyd
(Native). This gang lives purely for the day and their motto is
'Live Fast and Die Young!'. Utterly without fear Lloyd hangs
with his trusted men Rufus (Richard Angol) and Errol (Charles
Udemezue). However, there is a thorn in Lloyds side - His
sister, Tia (Jamille Riverol), lives with a rival gangster, Jaz
from the Holy Smokes.
EAST LONDON is home to the FIRM. The last
stronghold of the original Anglo-Saxon cockney gangsters is
ruled by Mad Dave (Dave Courtney). They cannot understand how
London has come to be ruled by the ethnic mobsters. They will
not give up East London without a fight to the death. Mad Dave
makes the HOLY SMOKES an offer they cannot refuse but one of his
men Big Kev (Peter Rnic) has other ideas.
Someone is muscling on the HOLY SMOKES cocaine deals and they
are not amused. Added to this deadly event is the theft of SIX
MILLION DOLLARS from Heathrow Airport making an explosive
cocktail! Hot on the trail of the missing money is the
Metropolitan Police's most corrupt officer Detective Inspector
Greaves (Jonathan Reason). It's a roller-coaster ride as THE
HOLY SMOKES wage war against the TRIADS, YARDIES and THE FIRM...
who rules LONDON?
|| Jass Bassi
|| Holy Smoke Boss
|| Ashvin Kumar Joshi
|| Holy Smoke
|| Fran Labbe
|| Holy Smoke
|| Sukie Ghajminger
|| Holy Smoke
|| Manish Patel
|| Holy Smoke
|| Yardie Boss
|| Charles Udemezue
|| Richard Angol
|| Jamille Riverol
|| Peter Peralta
|| Triad Boss
|| Alex Fung
|Ho Lin Wun
|| Ernesto Leszek
|| Dave Courtney
|| The Firm Boss
|| Peter Rnic
|| The Firm
|| Tony Bowden
|| The Firm
|| Jonathan Reason
|| Detective Inspector
|| Patricia Arteaga
|| Chacha's Mistress
|| Yasmine Maya
|| Abz's Girlfriend
|| Ines Bougami
|| Chacha's daughter
|| Sarjit Bains
Sarjit Bains, director, believes he has assembled the best possible cast for TRIADS, YARDIES AND ONION BHAJEES!
"After years of watching films stereotyping ethnic minorities the time has come for a NEW viewpoint."
Manish Patel, screenwriter, says: "There seems to be a monopoly on ethnic roles in films and TV. The same faces crop up everywhere. Be it Comedy, Action or Angst - the same old faces - We hope to introduce the movie industry to the REAL talent!"
A review will appear here just as soon as I've seen a review
copy of the film.
review at http://www.thezreview.co.uk/comingsoon/t/triadsyardiesandonionbhajees.htm
Yardies and Onion Bahjees" premieres at this year's Cannes
of the Firm meets Singh of the Smokes
torture a rival gang member
Production Selected for Cannes
Hindustan Times - UK
London, April 15
The only film to get an official selection
from Britain for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2003
is a British Asian production Triads, Yardies and
Onion Bhajees! by Pulp Sanskrit/Shaanti Films.
When Manish Patel, scriptwriter, actor, producer of the
film received a letter from the Cannes Film Festival
saying his film has been short listed for screening, he
could not believe it.
Triads, Yardies and Onion Bhajees! is
the first ever film to show the goings on in the gritty
underbelly of London's multi-cultural underworld where
Indian gangs are getting powerful with each passing day.
Until yesterday in British gangster films like Guy
Ritchie's Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Blacks
played comic roles and Indians were only seen behind cash
counters in corner shops. In the real world, gun culture
is turning to be the biggest problem among Indian and
Tired of Asians being merely associated with arranged
marriages and the consequent identity crisis, young Asians
are now vigorously exploring new, relevant themes for
"I am tired of seeing films on arranged marriages
and identity crisis. We have to make real films,"
John Trovolta has agreed to come for the screening at
Cannes and Kevin Spacy's agent has got in touch showing
great interest in the film and its release. This is Manish
Patel's first ever feature film and he covets a Cannes
release. His dream has come true.
The film has 89 cast members including notorious East
London ex gangster Dave Courtney. It also has a spiritual
thread running through it and depicts Goddess Kali in some
form in every shot in the film.
The story begins in little India with ONCE UPON A TIME IN
SOUTHALL...and Manish is planning to do two more films on
Indian gang culture in near future to form a trilogy.
Website - here you can view a Trailer for the film.
is Local London - article.