The action takes place in British India in the 1880s and 1890s against the backdrop of ‘The Great Game’, the political conflict between Russia and Britain which was played out in central Asia. In the character of Kimball O’Hara – an Irish orphan who ‘burned black as any native’ - Kipling juxtaposes East and West, embodied by a boy who can blend seamlessly into both worlds.
"Everything but Errol Flynn. Excellant."
Exotic and diverse, richly colourful and intriguingly complex: India is one of the most exciting countries to visit in the world today. Sanjeev Bhaskar, of Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No. 42, grew up in 70s surburban West London, so his regular family visits to India to see his relatives gave him an endless fascination for its bizarre contradictions. Now Sanjeev is going back with a BBC film crew to delve deeper into what makes this country such a compelling phenomenon.