In 1999, East Is East was a smash-hit and a key commercial cinema success of the New Labour era. It’s now been a decade since East is East, the story of a south Asian family carving out an identity for themselves in seventies England struck a chord with audiences worldwide. Now the heartwarming and often hilarious sequel to the internationally acclaimed and successful film is getting a theatrical release here in Montreal. West is West comes from the original screenwriter Ayub Khan-Din, following up on the Khan story eight years on, and although most of the kids have flown the nest, youngest son Sajid is the resident teenager in trouble. He’s playing truant to avoid the bullies picking on him at school, and aggravating his father with his Anglicised ways. George decides that a trip to Pakistan will sort Sajid out, and in no time at all, father and son are en route back to the first Mrs Khan and the family and farm George left behind thirty years earlier. Unsurprisingly, the reception is a little frosty, neither George nor Sajid acclimatise particularly well, and things get even more complicated when Ella arrives on the scene to reclaim her husband and son. Though broadly played for laughs, the film, like its prequel, strikes some serious notes, and the relationship between the two wives is tinged with poignancy. In the end lessons are learnt and harmony restored, albeit not quite in the way George had envisaged…
Thanks to D Film, Equinox and SV Biz, Sound On Sight is proud to offer twenty doubles passes to the Montreal premiere on Thursday, March 17 at the AMC 7 pm. The first twenty people who email me at [email protected] with the correct answer to the question below, will receive one double pass. Good luck.
What is the name of the director of West is West?