Stay up to date with notifications from The Independent

Notifications can be managed in browser preferences.

West Is West (15)

Starring: Aqib Khan, Om Puri, Linda Bassett

Reviewed,Anthony Quinn
Friday 25 February 2011 01:00 GMT
Comments

The belated sequel to East Is East addresses the same issues of integration and heritage among the working-class Khan family in 1970s Salford.

Pint-size Sajid (Aqib Khan) is now a 13-year-old schoolboy whose shoplifting and mouthiness compel his father George (Om Puri) to take him off to Pakistan, the motherland, for a few lessons in tradition. The sitcom standard of the jokes (all Northern swearing is funny?) and the dawdling pace are bad enough, but there's also the problem of sympathy: George, a wife-beater in the first film, is revealed to be a bigamist and deserter of his Pakistani family 30 years before. The film's plea for tolerance and understanding is blameless, but its instinct for the funny bone is clueless.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in