Gujarati film ‘Prasang’ to showcase British Maher culture


Mumbai resident and journalist-turned actor, Hemang Palan will shoot few scenes of his forthcoming Gujarati language film, ‘Prasang’ in the East Midlands region of the UK.

‘Prasang’ will be co-produced by ‘Kathiyawad Films’ owned by Hemang who has acted in over 81 Indian television shows so far. This film is written by veteran actor-writer, Hardik Sangani and will be directed by an eminent director, Mitesh Chitalia. ‘Prasang’ is scheduled to get released on a reputed OTT platform.

Kathiyawad Films will seek support of ‘Arts Council England’ as story of ‘Prasang’ revolves around romance between British-Asian Maher Community boy and a Maher Community girl residing in the Porbandar city of Gujarat state in India.

“My UK based co-producer and I have decided to shoot few scenes and a song in and around Leicester and Loughborough as these cities have got very high concentration of British Maher population. Also, I intend to shoot a Garba dance sequence in historic Maher Community Centre in Leicester,” said Hemang. Also, the film will showcase picturesque tourist locations located in British Midlands.

Maher is a very well-respected Hindu community having its roots in Porbandar, Ranavav and Kutiyana ‘talukas’ or suburbs of ‘Kathiyawad’ region located in the state of Gujarat in India. Predominantly an agricultural community, Maher is also known for its renowned folk dances and cultural heritage.

Maher population started migrating to the British colonies in East Africa during early parts of 20th century. Indian businessman, Nanji Kalidas Mehta was instrumental in helping them to migrate to Africa from Porbandar. Many of the early migrants were from the highlands villages. Following the expulsion of Asians from Uganda, many families of Maher community settled in Britain.

Over the years, British Maher population in the UK has contributed a lot to the socio economic growth of British Midlands region.

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