Mahmood Jamal is in conversation with Pervaiz Alam, talking about his films and books.
London-based, Mahmood Jamal wears many hats. He has recently written and produced a feature film “Rahm” in Urdu with an international crew. He is known for his thought-provoking television programmes, produced for the British TV channel 4 in late 1980s and 1990s.
Mahmood Jamal is the writer and producer of ‘Turning World’ a major drama serial for Channel Four Television, featuring Roshan Seth and Art Malik and Directed by award winning director David Blair. He was the lead writer on ‘Family Pride’ the first Asian soap produced by Central Television and Channel Four. In 2013 he adapted Thomas Hardy’s ‘Mayor of Casterbridge’ For Pakistan Television in Urdu.
Having a direct Firangi Mahal connection, Mahmood Jamal was born in Lucknow, India, in 1948. He came to Britain from Pakistan in 1967. His English poems have been published in the London Magazine and broadcast on BBC Radio and he has performed at leading poetry venues in London and around the UK. He has also featured in several anthologies including New British Poetry and Grandchildren Of Albion .
In 1984 Mahmood Jamal was the recipient of the Minority Rights Group Award for his poetry, translations and critical writings. In the same year he published his first volume of poetry, Silence Inside a Gun’s Mouth. Mahmood Jamal works as an independent producer and writer and has produced several documentary series, notably a series on Islam entitled Islamic Conversations. He was also a lead writer on Britain’s first Asian soap, Family Pride.
Mahmood Jamal has a degree in South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Published Works: Sugar Coated Pill (Word Power 2006/7) Coins For Charon (Courtfield Press 1976) Silence Inside A Gun’s Mouth (Kala Press London 1984) Penguin Book Of Modern Urdu Poetry (Penguin Books, London 1986) Modern Urdu Poetry (Farida Jamal/Translit Kuala Lumpur 1995) Song Of The Flute (Culture House, London 2000) Anthologies : Angels Of Fire ( Chatto And Windus 1986) New British Poetry ( Paladin Books 1988) Grandchildren Of Albion ( New Departures 1992) The Republic Of Conscience (Aird Books 1992) Voices Of Conscience ( Iron Press 1995) POW ( New Departures 1996) POP! ( New Departures) VELOCITY ( Apples & Snakes 2003) GARGOYLE ( Paycock Press 1997) RANTERS RAVERS & RHYMERS ( Collins 1990) RAINBOW WORLD (Hodder Wayland 2003)