East Is East
is a 1999 British comedy-drama film. It is set in a British household of mixed ethnicity, with a Pakistani father and an English mother in Salford, Greater Manchester, in 1971. George Khan (played by Om Puri), the father, expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani ways, but his children, who were born and grew up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British. They reject their father's rules on dress, food, religion and living in general.East Is East
is based on the play of the same name by Ayub Khan-Din. It was directed by Damien O'Donnell. A sequel, West Is West
, was released in 2010; Om Puri, Linda Bassett and Jimi Mistry reprised their roles.
This film contains examples of:
- Arranged Marriage: George's attempt at this causes a bit of friction with his British-born sons.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A couple of moments between George and Ella.
- Bacon Addiction: When George goes out of town, the kids take the opportunity to scarf down as much bacon as they can, while Maneer sprays air-freshener everywhere.
- Berserk Button: What causes George to snap and savagely beat Ella to the ground is her calling him "pig-ignorant" - pigs are considered unclean by Muslims, so that's much more of an insult than it might seem, whether this occurred to Ella or not.
- Brief Accent Imitation:
- Meenah mocks her mother's posh "receiving-guests" affectations: "Raighty-ho!"
- Tariq, who like his siblings has a thick Mancunian accent, also puts on a Pakistani one to mock his Dad.
- Circumcision Angst: Sajid isn't the one angsting about it, his father is; Sajid's understandably terrified at the idea.
- Cool Car: Nazir's Rolls, which gets chased down the street by a gaggle of children.