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Hussein Shah
Pavan Malhotra ...
Amir
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Mary
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Irshad (as Ahsen Bhatti)
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Gholam
Pravesh Kumar ...
Sakib
Badi Uzzaman ...
Old Ram
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Sher Baz
Kumall Grewal ...
Akbar Dal
Marc Anwar ...
Raja (as Omar Salimi)
Pal Aron ...
Zamara
Shiv Grewal ...
Shona Mian
Lesley Clare O'Neill ...
Prostitute
Kulvinder Ghir ...
Agent
Riz Abbasi ...
Asif
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Amir is an illegal Pakistani immigrant smuggled into England in the 1960's to work, to send money to his family and perhaps even bring them over with him. A skilled laborer, he is forced to do unskilled work like shoveling sheep dung and processing wool. He lives in a boarding house with nearly a dozen other men, under the supervision of Hussein Shah. He befriends a young student, Sakib, who dreams of being a writer. Their existence is punctuated by secret movies, a visiting prostitute, fear of detection and deportation, and the gangster-like smuggler who comes by for his take every week. The household is shaken up by the arrival of a white girl, Shah's girlfriend, and the sense of femininity and family she brings. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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