Well-known writer and director Meera Syal wrote a wonderful movie Anita and Me. Meera Syal is the best-selling novelist and sold a thousands of her fantastic stories and one of them is called “Anita and Me” through all the country. Syal is a British-born woman, but she has her Indian origin, which goes around her story and films. This film have Indian culture behind it, as well as a funny and laughable side. The film also has its own culture, surrounded by British society.
The location of 1960s and 1970s Tollington, an apparently quiet town in the small village. They stand out from the quiet surrounding of West Midlands. In the 1970s present high unemployment, with economic decreases, and Industrial strikes. The area represented as traditional white people working class and in only women’s able to get a job which makes differences to a change social relationship. At the end of the film shows how Birmingham area has change and became more economic surrounding area with new houses, motorways.
The story of “Anita and me” is basically revolving around Meena when she lived in a small village called Tollington. Meena is a young Indian girl born in Great Britain. She wants to be like all the other Britons in her neighborhood, eating fish’s fingers, not chapattis, having colorful flowers in her garden, and she want to go out with her friends at any time , but instead Meena has to spent more time with her family. In fact, Meena wants to be English girl. However, Meena is Punjab, but she cannot talk any Punjab’s word, but her English and Midland accent is stronger than other of the family members who lived in England for longer period.
Her parents brought Meena to England to improve daughter’s quality of life, but Meena hardly adapts to her surroundings. The city became in trouble when the girl and her gang called “wenches” steal from their local sweet shop. Gang leader Anita was a neighbor of her neighbor and soon girls became the best friends. Finally, Meena and Anita created a low-expected relationship and became like blood sisters. However, Meena encountered entrance examinations for her high school, and during that time she suffered an abuse by Anita’s mother and she toured two girls apart.
This story happened in 1972. Political justice has not yet been invented. The names of “dark skins” in English villages were really racists. For example:
One day Anita’s mum came back with a nice little black puppy.
“What is it called?” Anita’s little sister asked. “Niger”, she told and no one even blink on them eye.
In the film, some British characters point to Meena and her family as percussions and darker ones. A member of the Meena family was beaten and killed because of his being Indian. Meena after find out that Anita and her boyfriend Sam left Paki bashing (go to kill the Indians). They starts to sound bells, and Meena realized that was Sam who had killed her uncle. The film eventually ends in English music played in the background. The whole family starts dancing to the music, and then Meena’s dad starts singing in Punjabi along with music. This is shows that the two different cultures begin to mix and became friends.
Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah is a black man who born in Birmingham, England. He wrote ”Miss world” for his sister to give her support for being who she is.
“Miss World” is about a girl who is beautiful inside and does not want to be regarded as an object of the exhibition. The poem is written as rap and therefore invites younger people. This poet teaches that how you look is not important.
The Miss World poet also uses words that are rhythmic if there is a reader. Reading the accent of Western India, “the best of self-defense” is not to cause it complaint. “Normally, this would not be a rhythm, so the reader would know immediately reading this or “de” (the)” or “day” (they) that this poem is written in dialect. Anita and Me story is similar as this poem Miss World, where there’s no poem theme judge people according to their appearance. “You cannot judge your sister’s heart looking … just looking … just looking at her breasts”. Sister is described as “beautiful” because of her personality and is not superficial, like people who judge Meena simply by watching her and seeing her differences.
This poem and the movie shows English discrimination for people who are from Indian or other countries, having different colour or accent. However it is not only happening in England, but it happens in all around the world. The movie and poem shows different culture and raise background.