West Is West

2010

Comedy / Drama

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IMDb Rating 6.5

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Reviewed by bobbysing 7

As suggested by its title the film is a sequel to the late nineties Hit flick &quot;EAST IS EAST&quot;. But it really doesn&#39;t matter if you haven&#39;t seen its first part as the movie is quite self explanatory for the viewer, without depending much on its original. Clearing the confusion which might be there looking at its promos, it&#39;s an English film with a regular use of Punjabi language throughout its almost 2 hours of duration and has some great soulful tracks in Punjabi too.<br/><br/>Where EAST IS EAST was more English, witty and entertaining, its present sequel is more traditional, emotional and meaningful in comparison. In the first part (released in 1999), the script revolved around the youngster&#39;s fast life in England, but in its present new version, the family visits their mother land, Pakistan and tastes the traditional way of life in a village. For the viewers not familiar with the story, WEST IS WEST is basically about Om Puri (who was a Pakistani national), now happily settled in England, with his new family looked after by his second wife who is a loving British Lady. After few incidents of his youngest son being bullied in the school and also getting caught for shop lifting, Om decides to take him to Pakistan and introduce him to his own culture. And there we get to see some impressive transforming sequences involving everyone in the family.<br/><br/>The film doesn&#39;t excite you enough in its first 10 minutes but as soon as the family reaches Pakistan, the pace picks up and some new interests are generated by the script. But here I would like to mention that apart from a few comic scenes mostly dealing with the language conflicts, WIW is not a comedy film from any angle. In fact that is a wrong kind of promotion strategy followed by its makers. As a result all the viewers opting for it taking it as a Brit-Asian comedy are going to be disappointed for sure.<br/><br/>On the contrary, WIW is a true to life, emotional depiction of the trauma faced by a torn personality living abroad who still has his heart caught somewhere in his mother land. It has some interesting characters like that of a Sufi Saint, a young wandering boy, a &#39;trying to be honest&#39; relative who speaks broken English and many more. The director, Andy De Emmony beautifully captures the emotional distress of four of his characters in particular. Om Puri, who still can&#39;t make up his mind and always feels confused between his two families living in different countries following extremely diverse traditions. Ila Arun, his first wife, who is unwillingly living her life in a Pakistani Village still waiting for her husband to return. Linda Bassett, his second wife who is a loving British national and a very understanding, caring women willing to empathize with Ila and her helpless situation. And Aqid Khan, the youngest son of Om-Linda, who gracefully tries to study his father&#39;s country and its tradition but at the end has to return for his own future.<br/><br/>The film becomes a watchable effort mainly because of the splendid performances by these four actors. Especially watch out for the highly sensitive and impactful portrayal of an aging lady by Ila Arun who has undoubtedly given one of career best performances in the movie. Just look for a particular scene where both Ila and Linda are together on the screen and Ila gives her consent for her husband&#39;s return to England.<br/><br/>Along with its expressive cast, WIW has a great ethnic soundtrack with few fabulous tracks by Sai Zahoor (famous for his Coke Studio songs), who also makes a cameo in the film. Thankfully the Music CD of the film also has the Coke Studio versions of his songs which were earlier not available in the market. The background score, which also features in its CD, brilliantly gels with the village sequences shown on the screen and cinematography rightly captures the mood of the film.<br/><br/>However the film does have its own drawbacks and also doesn&#39;t have a universal appeal. It has a dropping pace and lacks the entertainment quotient since there are not enough enjoyable or comic sequences in the film as expected. So the viewers who are not willing to watch some meaningful cinema may get bored with its off-beat kind of subject and treatment.<br/><br/>But still, it&#39;s a different kind of experience, moving a step ahead from its first part. And hence I would like to rate it as a better sequel since it is able to deal with the emotional outbursts of its characters in an impressive way.

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Reviewed by colin_coyne 8

WEST IS WEST, directed by ANDY DE EMMONY continues on from the 1999 hit film East is East (which was set in 1971).<br/><br/>It is now 1976, in Salford, Manchester, England, and remaining members of the Khan family soldier on through their in-house, on-going struggle of the elder family members tradition Pakistani values and beliefs vs. the youngsters who were born in Britain and have an avid acceptance into the British culture ? <br/><br/>In the midst of this turmoil is the story of Sajid the youngest of the children who is now a teenager and is enduring some serious bullying at school ? <br/><br/>Many of the original cast from East is East make a welcome return including OM PURI as George Khan, LINDA BASSETT as Ella, JIMI MISTRY, as Tariq, LESLEY NICOL as Auntie Annie, and EMIL MARWA as Maneer and the film introduces a new face to the ongoing Khan family story AQIB KHAN as Sajid Khan.<br/><br/>George Khan is still very much acting as the family dictator – enforcing his beliefs upon his family – much to their disdain ? it is especially bad for Sajid and events soon come to a head, and George believes it would benefit him to take a trip to Pakistan to instill some much needed cultural discipline ? in fact most of the film is set in rural Pakistan ? <br/><br/>Sajid, as expected, is uncomfortable and feels very much out of place in Pakistan ? and has much difficulty in fitting in ? the surprise however comes in the dramatic change that comes over George when he sees Mrs Khan No 1 (played very convincingly by ILA ARUN) and family in the Punjab, these are the wife and daughters he had abandoned 30 years earlier when he left to go to England. We soon discover that it is actually George who is most changed by the visit.<br/><br/>Pretty soon, George decides to make up for some of his many, many shortcomings and decides to build a house and re-work the land ? Sajid finally starts to bond with some friends ? <br/><br/>The pace of the film slows a little at this point ? but only for a short while that is, until the ominous arrival from England of Ella Khan (Mrs Khan No 2), along with the hilarious Auntie Annie who swiftly follow to sort out the mess George has created – both past and present <br/><br/>There is an especially good scene between the two Mrs. Khans (past and present) ? who have a very moving dialogue (one only speaking Punjhabi, the other only English) ? but all that needs to be said is expressed with emotion and body language ? it is superbly acted, and to me ? it&#39;s the best moment in the film <br/><br/>I found WEST TO WEST to be an enjoyable, moving sequel – and recommend it highly ? especially likable to those that enjoyed EAST is EAST.<br/><br/>WEST IS WEST is 102mins long, is a 15 certificate and will be on general release from Friday 25th February 2011

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Reviewed by rtaron 10

The best thing about this movie is the jewel-like character development of each participant. The humour is great and does not deteriorate into slapstick like similar movies. Unlike some reviewers, I found this funny, touching, believable and authentic.<br/><br/>Aqib Khan is rebellious and defiant for legitimate reason. His father has gone through life selfishly, always calling his sons &#39;little bastards&#39;. His transformation is sweet but not syrupy.<br/><br/>Om Puri does a great job; this script allows him to be more serious than other roles he has played.<br/><br/>Linda Bassett, as always, gives a stellar performance. The Nana Mouskouri look-alike (can&#39;t find her name) is priceless.<br/><br/>This is a movie that flows well, with no long boring sequences or crazy events. It relies on good writing, acting, photography and direction, as all great movies should.

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