Naveen brought an unrelenting, almost fierce confidence to the role of Karim.
I once tweeted Hanif Kureishi thanking him for creating a great role for a young man who knew to reach for greatness.
Kureishi's work on the film with director Roger Michell and cinematographer John McGlashan created a showcase for Naveen's beauty through the steady, unabashed gaze of the camera.
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"My name is Karim Amir, and I am an Englishman born and bred, almost. I am often considered to be a funny kind of Englishman, a new breed as it were, having emerged from two old histories. But I don’t care – Englishman I am (though not proud of it), from the South London suburbs and going somewhere."