East meets West again
WEST IS WEST (15)
Aqib Khan, Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Ila Arun, Emil Marwa, Nadim Sawalha, Raj Bhansali, Lesley Nicol.
EAST is East painted a rich and engaging family portrait in a coming-of-age story set against a clash of British and Pakistani cultures. This belated sequel transplants the characters from the cramped terraced houses of 1976 Salford to the rural splendour of the Punjab. This time, the authoritarian patriarch must reconcile past and present, facing up to his failings as a husband and father in order to rebuild bridges. Sajid Khan, 15, (Aqib Khan) is bullied mercilessly and just wants to fit in, rebelling against his father George (Om Puri), who himself tries to atone for the past and find his older son Maneer (Emil Marwa) a wife. West Is West lacks much of the charm of the first film, and the plot wanders down familiar back roads in search of laughs. FAMILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex, Violence.
TEEN ANGST: Aqib Khan.