Curry Mile

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Welcome to the Curry Mile
The restaurants along the Curry Mile
Photograph of the Curry Mile at night-time
The Curry Mile

The Curry Mile is a nickname for the part of Wilmslow Road running through the centre of Rusholme in south Manchester, England. The name is earned from the large number of restaurants, take-aways and kebab houses specialising in the cuisines of South Asia and the Middle East, thought to be the largest concentration of South Asian restaurants outside the Indian subcontinent.[1][2][3]

Within a length of half a mile there are least seventy establishments of this kind.[1][2] The Curry Mile is notable for its streets being busy into the early hours of the morning. The area is frequently visited by local students, because of its location near the Oxford Road and Fallowfield Campuses of the University of Manchester, and the Oxford Road/All Saints campus of the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Restaurants[edit]

From the 1980s to early 21st century, the area was dominated by mainly Pakistani cuisine.[citation needed]

On film[edit]

In 1996, Aneel Ahmed and Faisal A. Qureshi wrote Movin As A Massive, a Channel 4 documentary written for the Lloyds Bank Film Challenge, of which it was the winning entry. It also won the 1996 "Race in the Media Award" for Best Youth Programme and was nominated by the Royal Television Society in 1996 for "Most Innovative Film/Video".

It was directed by Ninder Billing and produced by Andy Porter and Madeline French for Compulsive Viewing.[4] A semi-sequel, Wimmy Road, was later written for BBC Radio Drama by Qureshi and directed by Nadia Molinari. It was nominated for a "Race in the Media Award" for Best Radio Drama.[5]

In books[edit]

The Curry Mile, a novel written by Zahid Hussain, is set in the contemporary Curry Mile, and features characters involved in the restaurant trade.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nicholls, Josh (2014-04-06). "Manchester's Curry Mile told 'clean up act' on food litter if hope to bring back Rusholme footfall". Mancunian Matters. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  2. ^ a b Gorringe, Anne (2013-07-22). "10 great things to see and do in Manchester". Daily Express. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  3. ^ Umbreen, Ali (2013-09-04). "Business of the Week: Take on the spice challenge at the Kebabish". Asian Image. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Movin' As a Massive (1995)". BFI. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  5. ^ Jordan, Dianne Louise (2005-09-14). "Hot wheels of Wimmy Road". BBC. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  6. ^ Hore, Rachel (2 December 2006). "Rachel Hore on The Curry Mile". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 

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