Culture Kick: Safiyyah Choudry

Students on De Montfort University’s Arts and Entertainment Journalism module pick the films, plays, music, TV shows and books that shaped them.

My favourite film 

I’m a sucker for a good rom-com. I’d have to say How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days because it’s the story of my life. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know there’s a happy ending so hopefully my Matthew McConaughey will come around sooner rather than later.  

The first time I went to the theatre 

I was about eight years old and I watched the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London. It was apparently phenomenal; however, in all honesty I barely remember it. Although I do recall the music and atmosphere feeling surreal. 

The TV show I’m currently binging  

Rick and Morty. It’s totally unserious about an alcoholic and sociopathic mad scientist who drags his grandson on various adventures into outer space and other dimensions. It doesn’t get better than that! 

The first song I adored 

Starman by David Bowie. I used to sing this song at the top of my lungs with my dad since before I could remember. It was his favourite song at the time and as a young and impressionable infant it soon became mine. I am not mad though, as it’s a great tune. 

My karaoke tune 

…Baby One More Time by Britney Spears – My most memorable time was in a bar in Chinatown, London. Although the first and last time I sang it I was faced with cold silence. I guess the audience didn’t want me to sing it one more time.  

The lyric I love 

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s and bottles of bubbles. Girls with tattoos who like getting in trouble. Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines. Buy myself all of my favourite things.” 

These lyrics perfectly sum me up. A girl who adores luxury, who likes pretty things such as diamonds. Marilyn Monroe once said “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” and she was not wrong. If you’re unaware of this magnificent song, it is called 7 Rings by Ariana Grande. 

The first gig I saw 

Justin Bieber Believe tour in London 2013. I was a huge Belieber and went with my mum to see my “future husband” when I was 12 years old. I was certain that one day I would marry him but here I am, ringless and no longer a Belieber. 

The book I couldn’t put down

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer- it’s clichéd I know. However, after watching the film five billion times I myself could have been cast as Bella. I know the entire script by heart. Although the book is a little different to the film, I still get a little excited when I recognise the same quotes/lines.   


Beyoncé. Yes, I said it. She may have been amazing back in the day and I adore a couple of her old songs. However, she has definitely fallen off. Her new songs just don’t have the same level of wow factor- Beyhive I’m sorry. 


I’m going to say it again, Twilight. Yes it’s corny and everyone (by social standards) must hate it, but to me it is so bad that it’s insanely good. 

My guilty pleasure 

I’m not going to say Twilight again, don’t worry I’m not a broken record. I could never feel guilty watching the greatest movie of all time. My guilty pleasure would most definitely be cheesy 80s music. I’m a sucker for some George Michael, Queen or the King of Pop himself Michael Jackson.

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