East Is East

Synopsis: In 1971 Salford fish-and-chip shop owner George Khan expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways. But his children, with an English mother and having been born and brought up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and start to reject their father's rules on dress, food, religion, and living in general.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Damien O'Donnell
Production: Miramax Films
  Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 16 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

Fine, thanks, Father.

Two dozen roses for the walk.

And three dozen shamrocks.

- Chips? - Please.

- How many? - Next?

- Hello, George, how you doin'? - Very good, thank you for ask.

Good man. Well, God bless.

Allah go with you.

Ha-ha. This man bloody stupid, I think.

Every day he got bloody flower.

Who's next?

[Tariq] Tell her to go away, Stella.

No, I f*ckin' won't. I'm her best mate.

Yeah, she's me best mate, Tariq.

Tell her to stand in the entry. She's puttin' me off.

[Radio] 'Situation demands that...'

Will you put that bloody radio down?

Shh, news about Pakistan.

'..After three jets were shot down...'

[Annie] And a pickled onion, cock?

'The Islamabad government also accused India

'of supplying arms to rebels in East Pakistan.'

These bastard Indians.

[Annie] Ta-ra!

No bloody interest in East Pakistan,

only want Azaad Kashmir.

I bloody worry. Family live on border, they may be in danger.

- The answer's no. - What you bloody talking about?

I no bloody ask you.

I can read your mind, so you can piss off

if you think you're bringing her here.

Why talk like this, my darling?

If she sets foot here I'm off and I'll take the bloody kids.

Why big problem? First wife always treat second like sister.

Get stuffed!

[Annie] Salt and vinegar?


[Meenah outside] Give me the ball, Spaz!

- What d'you do that for? - Shit! The mosque van's here!

You bloody kids hide again?!

Tariq, the mosque van's here.

All right, Gandhi.

Your grandad'll drop a bollock if he finds you with a Paki.

I don't care. Tariq's the only bit of happiness I've got.

So my grandad can go f*ck himself.

Come along.

[Speaks Urdu]

I'll fix them.

- Come on. Get in. - I was just coming, Dad...

You think I daft? Where is Sajid?


[George outside] Sajid!

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Ayub Khan-Din

Ayub Khan Din (born 1961) is a British Pakistani actor who played Sammy in Hanif Kureishi's film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid in (1987) and wrote the BAFTA, BIFA and London Film Critics Circle award-winning film East Is East, based on the original 1996 play that was nominated for an Olivier Award in 1998. In 2008 his comedy play Rafta, Rafta... won the Olivier Award that year. He also wrote the film sequel West Is West released in 2010. He also created the television series Ackley Bridge, which debuted in 2017. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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