My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and A Room with a View (1985) both opened in New York on the same day, March 7, 1986. Both movies featured Daniel Day-Lewis in prominent and very different roles: in A Room with a View, he played a repressed, snobbish Edwardian upperclassman, while in Laundrette, he played a lower-class gay ex-skinhead in love with an ambitious Pakistani businessman in Thatcher's London. When American critics saw Day-Lewis, who was then virtually unknown in the US, in two such different roles on the same day, many (including Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times and Vincent Canby of The New York Times) raved about the talent it must have taken him to play such vastly different characters.
In January 2018, numerous news outlets reported that the now-defunct digital content studio Super Deluxe and screenwriter Stephen Gaghan had a deal to executive produce a television series adaptation of My Beautiful Launderette, with Kumail Nanjiani set to star and co-write. Hanif Kureishi, the screenwriter of the source film was also set to executive produce.
At one point in the film, Genghis remarks to Johnny that he has not seen him at Crystal Palace football matches lately, to which Johnny replies "I don't go to Palace no more. Millwall, me." Like his character Johnny, Daniel Day-Lewis supports South-East London football club Millwall in real life.