Farid is presented in a more radical way in the film than in the short story. In the short story Ali shows his disgust for his father in the conversation they have when they are out for dinner. Ali offends his father, but does not do anything more. He just wants to state his view of things. Whereas at the nearly end of the film Farid and his friends attack the prostitutes violently. They throw Molotov cocktails into the prostitutes' house and Farid spits at Bettina. This violence may be seen as an influence the maulvi took on them because he is added in the film and does not exist in the short story where an attack like that does not happen. The maulvi takes very much influence on Farid and helps him to become more fanatic. He even gives introductions, as Farid tells Parvez in Fizzie's restaurant, when they are having dinner. Farid trusts more the maulvi ideals of life than his fathers.
When Parvez drives around Bettina with his taxi they meet Ali on the street and they stop and take him with them because Bettina wants to talk with him. But when she tells him that his father loves him, Ali only gets angry and begins to insult Bettina so that she leaves the car. Because Parvez now is very angry about his son he begins to drink when they arrive at home so that he finally goes into his son’s room to hit his son who neither covers himself nor retaliates.
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My Son the Fanatic "What must I do, then?" Parvez's friends instructed him to watch Ali scrupulously and to be severe with him, before the boy went mad ...
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Major influences on Kureishi's writing include P. G. Wodehouse and Philip Roth .  Kureishi's uncle was the writer, columnist and Pakistani cricket commentator and team manager Omar Kureishi .  The poet Maki Kureishi was his aunt.