West Is West

Synopsis: Salford, North of England, 1975. The now much diminished, but still claustrophobic and dysfunctional, Khan family continues to struggle for survival. Sajid, the youngest Khan, the runt of the litter, is deep in pubescent crisis under heavy assault both from his father's tyrannical insistence on Pakistani tradition, and from the fierce bullies in the schoolyard. So, in a last, desperate attempt to 'sort him out', his father decides to pack him off to Mrs Khan No 1 and family in the Punjab, the wife and daughters he had abandoned 35 years earlier. It is not long before Ella Khan (Mrs Khan No2) with a small entourage from Salford, England, swiftly follows to sort out the mess, past and present.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Andy De Emmony
Production: D Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

- Mmm.

He's practically Gandhi.

Do you think these are good

for me chakras?

Oh, aye, yeah. It, um,

transen-tit-ises them.

You know, I give mine

a good going-over every night.

- Which is a blast.

- Shanti...

All right, our Tariq?

What the f*ck are you doing here?

That doesn't sound

very Pakidilistani now, does it?

- I've come to see our Nazir.

- He's in Bradford buying stock.

- Why aren't you at school?

- We're on a trip. It's half day.

And I've spent my bus money on chips.

I need...

- Whoa. You spent your money on chips?

- Yeah.

We've got a fucking chippy at home,

you knobhead.

Out now.

- Just my little brother.

- All right?

- Hiya. What's your name?

- Ravi Shankar.


That's the little bastard.

- Mr. Jordan, what's happening?

- I'll kill him, baster.

Life, oh, best beloved,

is difficult for all men,

especially when we go from being

a man cub to a man,

and walk in a man's world.

- Baster! You make me ashamed!

- George, you've made your point.

- Point? I'll pucking kill him! Baster!

- That's enough, George.

Not even his bloody brothers

gave me trouble with the police.

- Yeah, and where are they now?

- Sajid.

I hate you!

Why don't you just f*ck off?

What you... What you say to me?

- Get off me!

- Stop it!

Get away from me,

you dirty Paki bastard!

You want to know

why I don't want to go to school?

It's 'cause they all know

you're a fucking Paki!

You listen to me.

I don't care what your dad does.

Don't let me ever catch you

using that word to him again.

- But he started it.

- Never! Do you hear me?

I've had enough of this behaviour

and it's got to stop.

It will stop.

It's the kids at school, George.

The name-calling he gets.

How can my son say this to me?

Maybe he doesn't want to...

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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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