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


Damien O'Donnell


Ayub Khan-Din (play), Ayub Khan-Din (screenplay)
Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 16 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Om Puri ... George Khan
Linda Bassett ... Ella Khan
Jordan Routledge Jordan Routledge ... Sajid Khan
Archie Panjabi ... Meenah Khan
Emil Marwa Emil Marwa ... Maneer Khan
Chris Bisson ... Saleem Khan
Jimi Mistry ... Tariq Khan
Raji James Raji James ... Abdul Khan
Ian Aspinall Ian Aspinall ... Nazir Khan
Lesley Nicol ... Auntie Annie
Emma Rydal ... Stella Moorhouse
Ruth Jones ... Peggy
Ben Keaton Ben Keaton ... Priest
Kriss Dosanjh Kriss Dosanjh ... Poppa Khalid
John Bardon ... Mr. Moorhouse


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 {J-26}

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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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The opening march was shot on an extremely cold day. If you look closely, you can see that some of the extras are clearly suffering in the cold. See more »


Meenah's sari (in the second to last scene) is not being consistently worn: it switches from showing most of her stomach, to none of her stomach. See more »


Earnest Moorhouse: Salam Alekom.
Mr. Shah: Eh? Bugger off, bugger off.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »


References Pakeezah (1972) See more »


Main Chali Main Chali
Sung by Mohammad Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar in the film clip from Professor (1962)
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal
Lyrics by Shailendra
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Good attempt but falls between the stools of comedy and drama
27 September 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

East is East is a good example of British comedy drama. Set in the north of England in the 1970's it is the story of an mixed race Asian family living in a mainly white community. However the film doesn't really tackle the conflict between the races but rather the conflict within the family itself - both the clash of the cultures between the white mother and Asian father, and the children resisting the traditional culture of their father.

The film rises easily above TV sitcom/drama to be of film standard in every sense. The director captures the size of the house and the community well. The acting is good - especially Om Puri as the father. The film builds the picture of an eastern family mixing with the western culture well - with comedy scenes used as well as more dramatic scenes used to show this.

If you enjoy this style of domestic humour, you'll love this (especially the scenes where the family are all together - check out the youngest who is a very British indeed and reminds me of Kenny from South Park!). But don't be fooled into thinking that this is a crude toilet-humour style comedy (like the marketing suggests) it is much more than that. Also if you have a father who wanted his children to be raised a specific way (not necessarily Asian) then you'll get much of the drama between father and children.

My only problem with this is that the characters sometimes seem to be caricatures, and the plotting is sometimes a bit ropey with so many things to fit in.

Is it realistic of the experience of british Muslims at the time? Probably not but it's funny, moving and thought-provoking in equal measure.

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English | Urdu

Release Date:

2 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


GBP1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,569, 16 April 2000

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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