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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Om Puri felt that George was a fascinating character to play because of his contradicting personality. See more »
When the family go to the telephone box to phone Nazir, a train passes in the background. The movie is set in 1971, and the train carries a color scheme (Intercity) that was not introduced until the mid-1980s. See more »
Gunga Din! Drinking the white man's brew!
What are you doing here, Abdul?
It's me stag night. I'm gettin' married.
Dunno. Me dad hasn't bothered introducing us yet.
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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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