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West Is West (2010)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 February 2011 (UK)
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An immigrant father decides to take his truant son back to the old country.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aqib Khan ...
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George / Jahangir Khan
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Mr. Jordan
Thomas Russell ...
Hughsy (Bully) (as Tom Russell)
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Vanessa Hehir ...
Esther
John Branwell ...
Store Detective
Yograj Singh ...
Customs Official
Vijay Raaz ...
Tanvir
Karamjit Anmol ...
Cousin 1
Sanjeev Attari ...
Cousin 2
Raj Bhansali ...
Zaid
Dhanalaxmi Padmakumar ...
Raushana Khan
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Salford, North of England, 1975. The now much diminished, but still claustrophobic and dysfunctional, Khan family continues to struggle for survival. Sajid, the youngest Khan, the runt of the litter, is deep in pubescent crisis under heavy assault both from his father's tyrannical insistence on Pakistani tradition, and from the fierce bullies in the schoolyard. So, in a last, desperate attempt to 'sort him out', his father decides to pack him off to Mrs Khan No 1 and family in the Punjab, the wife and daughters he had abandoned 35 years earlier. It is not long before Ella Khan (Mrs Khan No2) with a small entourage from Salford, England, swiftly follows to sort out the mess, past and present. Written by Sales Repesentative

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£758,226 (UK) (25 February 2011)

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£2,368,446 (UK) (18 March 2011)
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On first arrival in Pakistan, George and Saj step out of what appears to be an Airbus A320 series aircraft. These aircraft were first delivered to airlines in 1988, 12 years after the storyline. See more »

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Follows East Is East (1999) See more »

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Music by Shankar Mahadevan (as Shankaar Ehsaan Loy), Loy Mendonsa
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A reasonable sequel
20 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In 1999, "East Is East" was a pleasurable and incisive look at the clash of different cultures in an Anglo-Pakistani family in a Salford set in 1971. Over a decade later comes a sequel of sorts, this film located mainly in the Punjab part of Pakistan a few years on. Although the director is different (Andy DeEmmony this time), the writer is the same (Ayub Khan-Din) as are some of the lead actors, notably Om Puri (actually from the Indian part of the Punjab), again outstanding as the patriarch struggling to give his youngest son an appreciation of his Pakistani culture, and Linda Bassett as his long-suffering English wife.

It is an uneven work, with some of the characters merely caricatures and some of the humour simply slapstick, but there are plenty of moving scenes - above all one between the English and Pakistani wives when neither can understand the other's language but both manage to convey deep understanding - and the locations and soundtrack are excellent.


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