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East Is East (1999)

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In early 1970s England, a Pakistani father finds the authority he has previously maintained challenged by his increasingly Anglicized children.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Routledge ...
Meenah Khan
Emil Marwa ...
Chris Bisson ...
Raji James ...
Ian Aspinall ...
Nazir Khan
Emma Rydal ...
Stella Moorhouse
Ben Keaton ...
Kriss Dosanjh ...
Poppa Khalid
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In 1971 Salford fish-and-chip shop owner George Khan expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways. But his children, with an English mother and having been born and brought up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and start to reject their father's rules on dress, food, religion, and living in general. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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A comedy with attitude about finding your way in a home with no latitude. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

2 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Kelet az Kelet  »

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£1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£435,627 (UK) (5 November 1999)


$4,170,647 (USA) (8 September 2000)

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The ages of the children are as follows: Nazir - 25, Abdul - 23, Tariq - 21, Maneer - 19, Saleem - 17, Meenah - 14 and Sajid - 11. See more »


When the Khan family set off for Bradford in the van, a very large camera crew of about a dozen people are visible, reflected in the van. See more »


Ella Khan: [to Mrs. Shah] Piss of out of my house, and take Laurel and Hardy with you.
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Used by permission of B. Feldman/Gallagher & Lyle Music/EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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Touching and unpredictable
17 December 1999 | by (York) – See all my reviews

Engaging, well-made comedy based on the play by Ayub Khan-Din concerning the misfortunes of an Anglo-Pakistani family verging on the brink of change in early 1970s Salford. Traditional dad Om Puri is shocked when his oldest son (Ian Aspinall) runs away from an arranged wedding, and decides that from now on his family will be more respectful. Among his plans are the weddings of two of his other sons, both of whom are far from delighted with the idea. Khan-Din's fine script never resorts to cliche resulting in a funny, study of the clash between the old and the new.

Linda Bassett as superb as Puri's second wife, an English woman who straddles both camps between her husband's traditionalism and her kids' sense of rebellion while nonetheless attempting to keep her own dignity.

Fine performances from Chris Bisson and Jimmi Harkishin (Coronation Street) and Jimi Mistry (EastEnders) while little Jordan Routledge is great as the parka-loving Sajid.

However, it's Puri who shines as the complex father, desperately trying to hang on to tradition and finding nothing but rebellion from his family.

The ending could easily have been a familiar family seeks revenge on their overbearing father but what results is a refreshing change to the many TV movies that usually opt for an easy solution to a difficult problem.

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