West is West (2010) dir. Andy De Emmony 103 mins
The sequel to 1999’s East is East, West is West sees George Khan (Om Puri) try to teach his teenage son, Sajid (Aqib Khan), lessons in life that are based upon his upbringing in Pakistan, India. George decides to take his son to his hometown in India, but Geroge soon learns that it is not his son who needs guidance by he himself.
Verdict: A surprisingly good sequel to a successful British film. The film’s biggest asset is its characters and the development of them is done considerably well. New to the fold is George’s first wife Basheera Khan portrayed by the talented Ila Arun. Arun’s performance is extremely moving; she is a delight to watch.
There is less focus on comedy and more on sentimentality and spiritualism. Family is important to the Indian culture as well as their beliefs. Sajid gets a huge culture shock when he is uprooted from his home in Salford to the bustling streets of India.
The storyline follows much the same path as East is East as we discover George’s son Maneer is currently living in India and George wants to find him a wife. It is Sajid who finds his Maneer the perfect wife who looks like his favourite Indian pop singer, Nana Mouskouri.
If you loved East is East or Monsoon Wedding then this is for you. It’s funny, touching and extremely well acted. Om Puri, Linda Bassett and Lesley Nicol are all back. The cinematography is beautiful and the music is great.