East is East by Ayub Khan-DinEast is East by Ayub Khan-Din - Good
This is in script format and follows the stage play/film as far as I remember.
Its 1970 in Salford and the Khans are a mixed race family. Pakistani father, English mother, 5 sons, 1 daughter and a chip shop! The children range in age from 12 to 23 and each is going through a personal battle whether that be against an arranged marriage, hiding studying art not engineering, avoiding working in the shop. All the things you would expect from the times, area and from children rebelling against their parents, mixed race or not!
An amusing play with some serious undertones that was spun out into an excellent film (as I remember it) that also launched the acting careers of a number of tv household names.
This reminded me of growing up in the north west albeit a different mix of nationalities and a different type of shop although I wasnt so keen on reading it in script format. Still it was a nice quick and amusing read to go alongside the more weighty tome I was struggling through.
East is East (1999) - Trailer - Film4
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A towering performance from Om Puri anchors this finely wrought adaptation of Ayub Khan Din's celebrated stage play, about a mixed race family wrestling with their cultural identity in Salford. Puri plays chip shop owner George Khan, a proud Pakistani married to an English woman who is attempting to bring up his seven recalcitrant children as good Muslims. An overbearing patriarch, known as 'Ghengis' by his kids, he is devastated when his eldest son, Nazir Ian Aspinall , flees from an arranged marriage. Disowning him, Khan redoubles his efforts to maintain Pakistani traditions but, needless to say, his remaining offspring - with the exception of Maneer Emil Marwa , a dedicated scholar of the Koran - are no keener than Nazir to adopt their father's values. As an arranged marriage looms large, for the first time, the family openly opposes him and George's frustrations finally erupt. Puri is superb as the beleaguered George, conveying perfectly the contradictions of a man who wants the best for his children, but whose stubbornness and faith in his cultural identity blind him to exactly what that is.
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