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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 overview, first billed only:
Maria Mozhdah Maria Mozhdah ... Nisha
Adil Hussain ... Mirza
Ekavali Khanna ... Mother Najma
Rohit Saraf ... Amir
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 ... 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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The story idea came from the Director's real life incident. She was once kidnapped to Pakistan. See more »

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Thrilling Father and Daughter Fracas
31 October 2017 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

"You mean everything to me," Mirza tells his teenage daughter Nisha. Apparently "everything" is far less important than what others might say, for Mirza cares deeply about such opinions. When it is discovered that Nisha sneaks out the window at night, adopts Western ways and is not the compliant and traditional Pakistani daughter she appears, Mirza goes ballistic. Nisha is as stubborn as her father though and manages to outsmart him at first, but there is little sympathy from other relatives. They encourage Mirza's firm hand. Nisha's smart phone is chucked into the snow, freedoms are drastically curtailed and Nisha is threatened with a one-way ticket to Islamabad. Sooner or later father or daughter, or both, must break.

I thought I knew where this film was going, but it went deeper than I thought it would and in different directions. The story is fantastic and thrilling; dead ends become glimmers of light (and the other way around), characters are torn apart by the choices they make and there are intriguing glimpses into the Norse and Pakistani ways of life. The director is a natural. She controls mood like a sorceress; sound is contrasted with silence, close-ups reveal the glimmer of flames in the eyes of characters and scenes flow seamlessly into each other. The acting is not flawless, but thoroughly convincing. The ending scene will stay with me, hopefully forever. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival.


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Language:

Urdu | Norwegian

Release Date:

13 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,024, 15 July 2018

Gross USA:

$44,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,191,131
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