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What Will People Say (2017)

Hva vil folk si (original title)
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The story of Nisha, daughter of a Pakistani-Norwegian family, who is kidnapped to Pakistan by her parents when her father finds her in bed with a man.

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Iram Haq

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Iram Haq
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Mozhdah Maria Mozhdah ... Nisha
Adil Hussain ... Mirza
Ekavali Khanna ... Mother Najma
Rohit Saraf Rohit Saraf ... Amir
Ali Arfan Ali Arfan ... Asif
Sheeba Chaddha ... Aunt
Lalit Parimoo ... Uncle
Jannat Zubair Rahmani ... Salima
Isak Lie Harr Isak Lie Harr ... Daniel
Nokokure Dahl Nokokure Dahl ... Emily
Eliza Raja Eliza Raja ... Ameena
Farrukh Jaffar Farrukh Jaffar ... Bestemor
Naeem Azam Naeem Azam ... Amjad
Assad Siddique Assad Siddique ... Abdullah
Trine Wiggen Trine Wiggen ... Social worker
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Sixteen year-old Nisha lives a double life. At home with her family she is the perfect Pakistani daughter, but when out with her friends, she is a normal Norwegian teenager. When her father catches her in bed with her boyfriend, Nisha's two worlds brutally collide. To set an example, Nisha's parents decide to kidnap her and place her with relatives in Pakistan. Here, in a country she has never been to before, Nisha is forced to adapt to her parents' culture.

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Sent to a country she's never known... she must risk everything to break free.

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Norway | Germany | Sweden | France | Denmark

Language:

Urdu | Norwegian

Release Date:

13 July 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,024, 15 July 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,156, 1 November 2018
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Official submission of Norway for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

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A moving experience !
9 October 2017 | by santoshfrgt10See all my reviews

I had the chance of seeing this movie screening in Bergen, Norway in Bergen International Film Festival, on 2nd Oct 2017. I had seen the trailer before and went with a bit of expectation. The movie exceeded my expectations with much difference. The debutante Mariah Mozdah is phenomenal portraying the daughter of a Pakistani family settled in Norway. She is torn apart between to cultures, the socially progressive Norway life and also her traditional family at home. Adil Hussain portrays the role of a doting father who values the societal norms and acceptance of his community very much. All of his thoughts comes under fire when he finds his daughter's white boyfriend. He decides to send his daughter to Pakistan, to his relatives, to discipline her and teach her their culture. Both Mariah and Adil have invested a lot of efforts into their performance. And the direction by Iram Haq really forces us to question and protest all the societal norms that we fear and surrender ourselves to knowingly and unknowingly. A must watch.


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