Roshan Seth OBE (born 2 April 1942) is a British actor, writer and stage director who has worked in the United Kingdom, United States and India. He began his acting career in the early 1960s in the UK, but left acting the following decade and moved to India to work as a journalist. In the 1980s, he rose to prominence for his comeback performance as Jawaharlal Nehru in Richard Attenborough's Academy Award-winning film Gandhi, which brought him a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and reignited his interest in acting.He has since appeared in numerous British and American feature films and television programmes, with roles ranging from Chattar Lal in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Amit Rao in A Passage to India, Papa Hussein in My Beautiful Laundrette, patriarch Jay in Mississippi Masala and Dhalsim in Street Fighter: The Movie. He won the Genie Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the Canadian film Such a Long Journey. Other projects he has appeared include Bharat Ek Khoj, Not Without My Daughter, The Buddha of Suburbia, Vertical Limit, Monsoon Wedding, Proof, Ek Tha Tiger, Indian Summers and Dumbo.
Seth was married to author Pepita Seth, but they separated in the late 1980s and divorced in 2004. His brother is the retired Indian diplomat Aftab Seth.
Seth was born in Patna, Bihar Province, British India, to a Muslim Anglo-Indian mother and a Hindu father. His father was a biochemistry professor at Patna Medical College. He was educated at The Doon School, then did graduate studies in History at St Stephen's College. There, he honed his theatrical skills at the Shakespeare Society, before moving to England for further training. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1965 and started working in British television and repertory theatre.
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We follow the fortunes of the residents of the mansion on the eve of the 19th century. A former English soldier buying a house for himself and his family to start a new life as a trader is the beginni...
A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, the elephant and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny ...
Diana and I
In the week that follows Princess Diana's tragic death on 31 August 1997, four separate stories unfold as four ordinary lives are all affected in different ways in this commemorative drama from writer...
City of Tiny Lights
In the teeming, multicultural metropolis of modern-day London, a seemingly straightforward missing-person case launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and po...
The Lovers is an epic romance time travel adventure film. Helmed by Roland Joffé from a story by Ajey Jhankar, the film is a sweeping tale of an impossible love set against the backdrop of the first A...
When Sid learns that his father is looking for an old flame, the two begin a journey to mend their relationship. An exploration of the ever-evolving relationship between a father and son, the women in...
Ek Tha Tiger
A scientist is going to give information. The plot centers on an Indian spy code-named Tiger who falls in love with a Pakistani spy during an investigation and how his ideology and principles change o...
Brokering News: Media, Money and Middleman
The Film investigates the state of news in India. Journalism is up for sale and selling of editorial space has become both blatant and institutionalised.
When her father is killed in a road accident, her family expects her to provide. Are the intentions of the rich son of anentrepreneur as pure as they seem?
Ram, a London-based businessman of Indian and English descent, has been experiencing mind-shattering nightmares of a mysterious masked woman who torments him. As Ram mourns the loss of his father, he ...
The Last Days of the Raj
In March 1947, Lord Louis Mountbatten arrives in India as Britain's Last Viceroy. He wants to transfer authority to an independent India. India was set free six months later, but it had been partition...
Idhar, a small village in Gujarat, is where Gurukant is from, but he wants to set up his own business in Mumbai. He goes to Mumbai to start his business after getting married to Sujatha. The film chro...
Autorickshaw driver Amal is content with the small, but vital, role he serves - driving customers around New Delhi as quickly and safely as possible. But his sense of duty is tested by an eccentric, a...
The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag
The hunt for the most notorious man-eating leopard of all time was set in India in 1925.
Catherine is a woman in her late twenties who is very devoted to her father, Robert, a brilliant and well-known mathematician whose grip on reality is beginning to slip away. Catherine wondered if she...
Kath doesn't know what happened to her older sister Annie, who vanished two years ago. When police investigations are over, Kath continues the search. She doesn't get anything until she shows her sist...
A single bachelor, an oddly attractive neighbor and a popular women's magazine are the ingredients of this delicious romance that pays homage to classic Bollywood cinema while spinning a unique modern...
Annie was trapped near the summit of K2 and had to call for help. Brother Peter is trying to save Annie and her group. Rescuers face terrifying events that could end the rescue attempt as Annie lays i...
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence
June 1918. Indiana Jones wants Austrian deserters to join the Allies. He is in a relationship. Indy and Ernest Hemingway were going to smother Guiletta with presents when they found out that another m...
Kris Sahani, also known as Krishna, lives in New York but decides to travel to his native India in order to act in a movie. The brother of a missing person leaves Australia to look for his brother in ...
Such a Long Journey
The story, set in 1971 at the time of the war between India and Pakistan, is based on the novel of the same name by Rohinton Mistry, an Indian now living in Toronto. "Such a Long Journey" takes place...
Solitaire for 2
Katie can read minds. Being desirable, the male minds she reads are all thinking of one thing. She always responds by hitting them and storming off without explanation. Daniel is an expert in body lan...
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The Buddha of Suburbia
Naveen Andrews plays the charismatic Karim, a half-Asian, half-English, wholly hedonistic chancer who is mortified when his civil servant father (Roshan Seth) plunges into an affair with the exotic Ev...
London Kills Me
A shoe was lost. A young man's life is almost lost, which is exactly what this film is all about: a man barely twenty who wants desperately to pull out of London's drug world by taking a job as a wait...
When Idi Amin is in power, an Indian family is kicked out of Uganda. They move to Mississippi. The families have to come to terms with the fact that the Indian daughter fell in love with a black man.
Not Without My Daughter
An American woman is trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband and must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.
Slipstream is a science fiction film. The plot has an emphasis on aviation and contains many common science-fiction themes, such as taking place in a future in which the landscape of the Earth itself ...
In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones
Annie struggles to to clear his bachelor's degree with one final hurdle-The Thesis. It's his final attempt to clear it. Can he?
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The Discovery Of India
Bharat Ek Khoj is a 53-episode Indian historical drama based on the book The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru, that dramatically unfolds the 5000 year history of India from its beginnings to the...
A world-weary journalist is caught up in a coup in a small Persian Gulf town where the ruler's son is trying to oust him. The journalist's life shows how his relationships develop with people.
The novel by Charles Dickens tells the story of Arthur Clennam who is thrown into a debtor's prison. His father has been imprisoned for 25 years. The film was originally released in two parts.
The partition of the sub-continent into India and Pakistan in 1947 is the subject of Ken McMullen's film. A lunatic asylum in the city of Lahore becomes a mirror image of the outside political world, ...
The Happy Valley
In 1940 Kenya as their country prepares for war, the local aristocratic social set lives a decadent, self-indulgent lifestyle, that leads to murder. The same events were also dramatised in the featur...
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The staff and patients at Holby City Hospital's emergency department are chronicled in a drama series about their personal and professional lives.
My Beautiful Laundrette
A British-Pakistani man renovated a rundown laundrette with his male lover while dealing with drama within his family, the local Pakistani community, and a persistent mob of skinheads.
A Passage to India
During the time of growing influence of the Indian independence movement in the British Raj, the story begins with the arrival in India of a British woman, Miss Adela Quested, who is joining her fianc...
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones was asked by a village to find a mystical stone. A cult was planning a terrible plan.
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Natural World is a nature documentary television series broadcast annually on BBC Two and regarded by the BBC as its flagship natural history brand. It is currently the longest-running series in its g...
Mohandas K was born in the 20th century. Gandhi gives up his worldly possessions to fight for Indian independence. After being confronted with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi trie...
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The Protectors is a British television series, an action thriller created by Gerry Anderson. It was Anderson's second TV series using live actors as opposed to electronic marionettes, and also his sec...
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