It’s been eleven years since the BAFTA-winning East is East won over critics with its humorous take on traditional Asian values versus modern-day culture in Britain.
Originally a play, written by Ayub Khan-Din, East is East tells the story of the Kahn family living in Salford. West is West carries the same mantra, of cross cultural conflicts and familial issues, combined with a witty script – but this time the family have relocated to Pakistan.
Jimi Mistry returns to his breakthrough role, albeit for barely five minutes, as Tariq Kahn, but it’s stubborn dad George (Om Puri) who steals the limelight, in this Pakistani adventure. The offset of the film sees George’s youngest son Sajid (Aqib Khan) landing himself in hot water with the law, forcing George to show some discipline. They head off to Pakistan, with elder brother Maneer (Emil Marwa) in tow, for some valuable lesson learning and to find Maneer a traditional Pakistani wife.