From his book, and because nobody had listed it here yet (as I noticed as I should link to it…
East is East
A comedy of families, a chip shop... and a very randy dog.
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.
My pc has no internet right now so I'm stuck on this godawful piece of shit ipad. I want to kill someone. Seriously, its made me realise how much I fucking LOATHE touchscreen technology. Which is how George Khan must have felt about his kids. But angry or not, I still wouldn't hit my wife. Which is why I can't truly love or understand East is East. No matter how much it makes me laugh.
One of my favourite British movies...
We had to watch it in my English class and I must say I'm truly disgusted. The husband does not only hit his wife, but also his children of which one he threats WITH A KNIFE. And at the end the woman comes back to him, as if was no big deal? What the actual fuck. This isn't about just cultural difficulties, this man is violent and deserves to be locked away.
Not to mention all those lazy and horrible jokes, which might be funny to 14 year olds.
"East is East" won Ayub Khan-Din a Best Adapted Screenplay in that year's BAFTA and after viewing it one can not discount the win.
After watching the sequel, I was anticipating a culture shock light-hearted flick as well but boy were me and the missus were petrified at how wrong we were.
"East is East" based 5 years earlier was really a movie to highlight how the father character ruled his family of 7 children with an iron fist and it was suffocating to live in that household.
Somehow marriages were always a point of focus in films like these and in "Bend it like Beckham", perhaps arranged marriage was the stigma for the young Punjabi people living in that…
A low budget UK film turned into a successful hit in Europe and even America. It was written by Ayub Khan-Din and directed by Damien O'Donnell.
It is set in a British household of mixed-ethnicity, with a Pakistani father and an English mother in Salford, Lancashire, in 1971. George Khan (Om Puri), the father, expects his family to follow Pakistani ways, but his children, who were born and grew up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and reject Pakistani customs of dress, food, religion, and living in general, leading to a rise in tensions and conflicts in the whole family.
A powerful film at times that does hit home the seriousness of living around a mixed faith family and…
[Seen in 2000, not sure when, neglected to date stamp back then]
Shows us its message in the first fifteen minutes and then struggles to decide (practically every other minute) whether it wants to milk comedy or shock out of Om Puri hitting Linda Bassett in the face while saying “bastard”and “bleedin”over and over and over again. Nearly impossible to separate the “dad’s-way-or- no-way” plot from the “goofy-mixed-kids-coming-of-age-in-the-goofy-seventies’-plot” - so why try.
This film always hits quite close to home - aside from the Indian culture - so I find it quite hard-hitting to watch. However, it also makes me laugh a lot, so the combination of comedy and drama works really well. It's a very true-to-life family drama and a great British comedy at the same time.
Excellent film, a true to life film with hilairious moments!
As funny as it is movie, East is East is a fantastic family dramedy that is very universal even in its specificity.
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