Who Do You Think You Are?

Sunetra Sarker

Series 13 - Episode 9 Sunetra Sarker



When Casualty’s Sunetra Sarker was growing up in Liverpool, she was so determined to be British that she ignored her Indian heritage. “I was in complete denial of my Bengali roots,” she explains. But as her journey progresses, she becomes increasingly more Bengali, swapping Western wear for traditional clothes.

What she finds out when she travels to Kolkata is pretty impressive. She knew that her great grandfather Naresh was revered as a lawyer and writer but she’s thrilled to learn that her entire family were champions of education, even — and this was unusual at the time — for women. But India’s history is a bloody one and she’s distressed to hear about it, especially the experiences of her family during the brutal war of independence in Bangladesh in 1971.


Actor Sunetra Sarker sets out to explore the Bengali heritage she ignored when she was growing up in Liverpool. Starting in Kolkata, India, she learns of her great-grandfather's courageous activism in colonial Bengal, and of a family connection to Gandhi during the struggle for Indian independence. Later, Sunetra journeys to Bangladesh, where she visits her great-grandmother's ancestral home village and discovers the harrowing story of how her family were caught up in Bangladesh's 1971 war for independence.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Sunetra Sarker
Director Olly Bootle
Series Producer Sarah Feltes