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What Will People Say (2017)

Hva vil folk si (original title)
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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... See full summary »


Iram Haq


Iram Haq, Jaideep Yadav (script translator)
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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 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


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


Urdu | Norwegian

Release Date:

13 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Norway See more »


Box Office

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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An Indian attempt to look Pakistani
29 November 2018 | by burairbabaSee all my reviews

The movie starts with a Pakistani family living in Norway in a very traditional way, with their daughter being quite Norwegian. This was so far so good until the girl is sent to Pakistan (read India), for getting caught with a boy in her bedroom. The city was meant to look like Quetta, a city close to the border of Afghanistan, the capital of Balochistan, the largest province of Pakistan,. But seemed to look more like Dehli than any Pakistani city. Quetta is quite rocky in its landscape, it is bowled shape city, with hilly covering the city from all directions, without any grenery whatsoever. The actors were indian. Their accents were like anything but of Pakistani's, their vocabulary was not how the people of Quetta speak, but what the "Indians" supposedly think the entire speaks. E.g. no one calls it "Panipuri" but "gol gappay". There have been moments when a Hindi word was used, also a scene in which a sign board in Hindi was visible. It was very hard for me to finish the movie, seeing the Indians trying to pretend to be Pakistanis. Everytime I tried to connect to the movie, something Indian pinched me, and it's sting got only more and more painful. It's not that these things do not happen in Pakistan. But the director should have come to Pakistan and at least get in touch with a local, (it's not that difficult to do so) or just make the story about an Indian girl. It's the same thing. Otherwise this movie is downright offensive. The plot was ok, it is pretty similar to (if not borrowed from) a Pakistani movie "Khuda kay liye" "In the name of God". The movie lacked continuity of events, as a lot of things were implicit, which I believe should have been presented in a better way.

So no Thankyou.

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