|Biographical detail : ||Writer.
Hanif won London’s Thames Television Playwright Award in 1980 for his first full-length play ‘The Mother Country’. His first film (commissioned by London’s Channel 4), ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ was released in London in 1986 and won London’s the Evening Standard Award for Best Film, and on its release in the USA the following year it won the New York Critics’ Best Screenplay Award, as well as an Oscar nomination. He wrote and directed ‘London Kills Me’ that was premiered at the 1991 London Film Festival.
Hanif’s published fiction includes stories in Granta, American Harpers, The London Review of Books and The Atlantic – he writes regularly for the New Statesman and Society. His first novel, ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’, was published in 1990 to wide acclaim and won the Whitbread Best First Novel Award. The television adaptation was broadcast by the BBC in 1993 and received great critical acclaim. The second novel ‘The Black Album’ was published in 1995. Since then a number of short stories and screenplays followed.
Hanif received the rapturous reception in Cannes, in 2003, for his new film ‘The Mother’.
Hanif Kureishi was born in Bromley, south London of Pakistani father and English mother. He started writing when he was 12. He studied philosophy at King’s College, London.