A beautiful young woman with every privilege except freedom. A despised older man consumed by obsession. Are they the key to each other’s salvation or destruction?
Ray Winstone (Vincent, Beowulf, Indiana Jones IV) and Parminder Nagra (ER, Bend It Like Beckham) star in Compulsion, a tragic story of desire and lust for ITV1.
Anjika Indrani (Nagra) is a modern girl with the world at her feet. Having just finished her degree at Cambridge and in a happy relationship with fellow graduate Alex, she returns in triumph for a lavish celebratory party at the home of her rich Indian industrialist father.
However Anjika feels like her life has ended when her father, Satvik (Vincent Ebrahim) announces that he intends for Anjika to marry Hardik, the son of a business associate. Anjika rails against the unfairness of it – her feckless, party-going brother Jaiman (James Floyd) is allowed to do whatever he wants so why can’t she?
Help is offered from an unlikely corner. Don Flowers (Winstone) is Satvik’s chauffeur, bagman and general factotum. Anjika has always mistrusted and despised Flowers, so is dismissive when he offers to solve her problem for her especially when she hears the price… Flowers wants to spend a night with her.
What if it’s her only way out? After all, it’s just sex, it won’t mean anything… Anjika and Flowers embark on a dark and obsessive sexual relationship. Through Flowers she has found a new sexual awakening, and now nothing in her “ordinary” life seems the same.
ITV Controller of Drama Commissioning Sally Haynes says: “This is a modern and innovative take on a classic piece of literature, transposed to a wealthy and glamorous world.
“It is atmospheric and sumptuous and we are very excited to be bringing Ray Winstone and Parminder Nagra together on ITV for the first time in such a unique project.”
Compulsion airs on ITV1 tonight at 9PM