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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Amara's sex life stifled in new all-star comedy

A BRITISH comedy by Calendar Girls director Nigel Cole has made its debut on the big screen.

All in Good Time, starring Amara Karan and Reece Ritchie, was viewed by an audience for the first time last night at the Glasgow Film Theatre, as part of the city's film festival.

It tells the story of a young newlywed couple, Atul (Ritchie) and Vina (Karan), for whom married life is proving far from straightforward. The couple are forced to set up home with Atul's parents, and find it difficult to consummate their marriage with his family around.

Set in Bolton, the film is an adaptation of the stage show Rafta Rafta by East Is East writer Ayub Khan-Din, and also stars Meera Syal and Harish Patel.

Ritchie, who has also appeared in The Lovely Bones and Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time, said: "I find it really hard to call it a comedy, because my character doesn't see it as a comedy at all - it's not funny for him, for obvious reasons. But it is very funny.

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"It's also got a kind of antithesis to it as well, and it's quite dark in a lot of ways.

"We watched it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and people were laughing and walked out with smiles on their faces. That's a warm buzz, to see that, it's really nice actually."

Karan, who starred alongside Owen Wilson in The Darjeeling Limited, as well as playing Peaches in St Trinian's, described working with Cole as "an absolute dream".

She said: "He is a sensational director and he, I feel, just knows how to get the best out of anybody in any department. I loved working with him, he is a very calm, warm, friendly person."

All In Good Time is set for general release in May.

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