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"[Hanif Kureishi] wrote a wonderful part for me. I saw [The Buddha of Suburbia] again recently. I thought it's safe to watch it again now - it's been 20 years. I look at that, and I'm very proud of it. I can look at that and see similarities with my eldest son: certain physical gestures."
SOURCE: Herald Scotland 9/14/2013
Naveen was accepted to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama on a full scholarship at age 16. While in school, he performed in numerous plays, including King Lear (as Gloucester), Lorca's Blood Wedding, and Two Planks and a Passion.
In 1991 Naveen appeared in a London stage adaptation of the original screenplay for MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (1985) by Hanif Kureishi. Naveen appeared in his first film role as Bike in LONDON KILLS ME (1991) that same year, Kureishi's first project as director as well as writer.
Kureishi later cast Naveen in the lead role of Karim in his racy BBC miniseries THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA (1993), an adaptation of Kureishi's novel by the same name.