West Is West is the coming of age story of both 13 year old Sajid and also of his father, 60 year old George ‘Genghis’ Khan and the sequel to 1991 hit film, East Is East.
Manchester, North of England, 1976. The now much diminished, but still claustrophobic and dysfunctional, Khan family continues to struggle for survival. Sajid, the youngest Khan, the runt of the litter, is deep in pubescent crisis under heavy assault both from his father’s insistence on tradition, and from the fierce bullies in the schoolyard. So, in a last, misguided attempt to make a ‘good son’ and a ‘good Muslim’ of him, and sort him out, his father decides to pack him off to Mrs. Khan No 1 and family in the Punjab, the wife and daughters he had abandoned 30 years earlier. It is not long before Ella Khan (Mrs. Khan No. 2), with a small entourage from Salford, England, swiftly follows to sort out the mess, past and present.
Director Andy de Emmony’s ‘West Is West’ stars Om Puri, Linda Basset, Jimi Mistry, Emil Marwa, Lesley Nicoll, Ila Arun, VeeJay Raaz and Aqib Khan.