And I've never seen anyone so poorly understand it as him. But that is absolutely not the case! I would also have found the story more compelling if it had hilighted some of the elements of Pakistani culture in a more positive light, and set the scene for more sympathetic consideration of the struggling immigrant father. Case in point-- at the film's opening scene, when eldest son Nazir Ian Aspinall rejects a marriage that had been meticulously arranged, George considers that Nazir is 'dead' to him. But, the film was spoiled by the inaccurate details two of which I have mentioned above. Bassett, who also appeared in the stage play, adeptly handles the range required by her character, a woman who is torn between the welfare of her children and the ire of her husband. When I saw the movie I was a little disappointed, because from what I had heard before I was expecting a comedy drama. Though, we might see a part of egoism in his acts, as the strict way he is raising his kids is also a way for him to compensate the distance with his own country.
In it's favour there were some hilarious scenes throughout the movie, and an insight into the Pakistani families and communities in England. The children were always clean, and got enough food, but did not have many luxuries. I thought, Oh Lord, the Americans have a lock on this type of flick, and now the British want in, too. I'm not sure what others saw in this film. Quite possibly one of the most annoying movies of all time.
This is why the development theory best describes the Khan family. For example, there is a scene where George becomes enraged by the disrespect shown to the Pakistani heritage by his family, and he vents his anger by beating Ella and one of his sons. In technical terms, the film cannot be faulted. The youngest son Sajid Jordan Routledge is also a bit of a handful, the parka-wearing kid has to suffer through a circumcision when George finds out he never had it done as a baby. As anti a representation as the father, they rally against circumcision and arranged marriage while drinking, dating white girls and eating bacon. The stages that he wanted would be the exact same, except an arranged marriage would be forced upon them. Is it realistic of the experience of british Muslims at the time? Also, it is transparent that the screenwriter has a bone to pick with a character like the father in this movie, because the father is portrayed as one-dimensional, and hypernegativestereotypical in every way manipulative, self-centered, violent, grammatically challenged, vulgar, and overall not too savory and it portrayed almost comically.
In the ranks of British comedy east is east is in the top rank. The realisator managed to create a complex character around who the movie is articulated. Many conflicts the family dealt with consisted of lack of communication and peer pressures of society. They go to the mosque, grudgingly, but they feel like Brits and only one of the seven kids wants to live according to Pakistani traditions. But on the other hand, there is the older generation of immigrants George belongs to which is extremely influenced by their traditional values and it is hard for them to adapt to the British society.
Starring Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Ian Aspinall, Jimi Mistry, Raji James, Emil Marwa, Chris Basson, Archie Panjabi and Jordan Routledge. The graphic nature of the language only goes to reinforce the raw acceptance of the cultural influence of the times and area in which the film is set 70's Manchester, England. George Genghis Khan is struggling to bring his seven children up in the only way he knows how as good Pakistani Muslims, firmly believing that he is doing whats best for them. The acting is abysmal, especially Om Puri who acts like he's in a Victorian melodrama, and Linda Bassett, who acts like she's in a poor episode of On the Buses. The humour ranges from extremely broad a scene involving the 'banished' sons new life as manager of a 'swinging' London Boutique and another involving a latex vagina could both have come from an 'Austin Powers' movie to the grimly dark. This is a feel-good movie and not a political comment.
With the funny way of telling which is typical for the whole film, nevertheless the problems are shown in their graveness. In the script based on his play, Ayub Khan-Din provides an evenhanded and comprehensive view of the situation. Nevertheless, the comical moments were superbly handled and thought out and the acting was excellent. The rest of the film finds Jane shuttling back and forth between The East's mansion and her home in Washington, D. He could be any man in any society.
It ceases to be a movie about activism, and becomes a movie about slumming brats; as a result, all of its third-act discussions of activist ethics — that is, where one should draw the lines for a cause — are meaningless. We sense the fear that runs through him that, if his sons are allowed to exercise their freedom in this one crucial area, the family will sever that connection with the past which brings stability to their lives. The father being Pakistani had many cultural traditions that he wanted to instill in his children, even though they were raised in a British environment. As a 27 year old Muslim who grew up in this country I have to say I could not relate to much of this film. Firmly rooted as a comedy, East is East touches lightly on major social and cultural issues and credits its audience with the intelligence to realise that the film is just a story and cannot be extrapolated to a whole culture. It is adequately directed, and the script by Ayub Khan-Din from his own stage play is full of witty lines.
Suddenly they hear a door opening and immediately start cleaning up all of the dishes and unsuccessfully try to get rid of the fumes of grilled bacon and sausages that billowed through the whole house. Though it's an effective comedy, it also touches on the frustration immigrants of any culture go through to hold onto or reject their identity. I absolutely loved this movie!!! Worth watching, quite funny at times, but I wish the writer and director thought more about the consequences. His wife, Ella , has worked by his side for years in the fish and chips shop at the corner of their street of brick working-class row houses. They go from a loving relationship, to Ella being scared him, and not standing up for herself. And then there is the matter of the marriages he is trying to arrange for his No.
Khan-Din and director Damien O'Donnell establish an effective balance between low-key humor and occasionally searing drama. Flash forward to the late 60s where the movie actually begins and we see his kids are truly English in behavior though he stresses that they must go to Mosque to study and worship. The children, all of them have made the movie what it is,with each one of them excelling in one way or other. Shah's daughter's did, u turn up like that? The kids range in attitude and indifference toward George's attempts to introduce them to the traditional ways. A bitter-sweet comedy with some moments of truly stark drama, this is a high-class movie. Great ensemble acting all-round ensure that the sense of time and place are never lost, even if some of the details aren't always date-perfect.