East meets West again

WEST IS WEST (15)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

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.

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