East is East goes ‘West’

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BBC Films line up sequel to 1999 Brit-Asian smash

A SEQUEL to the hit Brit-Asian comedy East is East will hit the big screens next year, it has been revealed.

The 1999 smash hit told the story of the multi-cultural Khan family living in 1970s England and was adapted for the big screen from a screenplay by talented writer Ayub Khan-Din.

The film, which scooped a Best British Film Bafta, was an instant hit with audiences, raking in over £10 million worldwide.

Now BBC film chiefs have revealed a sequel, titled West is West, will hit cinemas next year, the Telegraph has reported.

Screenwriter Ayub Khan-Din will write the script while actors Om Puri and Linda Bassett will reprise their roles as George and Ella Khan.

Actor Jimi Mistry, who played Tariq in the award-winning original, will also return for the sequel.

Details of the project were unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival. Jane Wright, managing director of BBC Films, said: “People remember East Is East as an absolutely charming, funny but poignant piece and this film will be the same.

“It is another wonderful tale about living between two cultures. I can’t think of a film that has told this side of the story before.

“I just couldn’t put the script down when I read it.”

She added: “It’s a very natural follow-up but it feels completely fresh, telling a story from a different perspective.

“There hasn’t been a film which has told this side of the story before. I can’t think of anything more relevant or timely, as the idea of cultural identity has become hugely important.”

A decade later the film will centre on the youngest of the Khan family, anorak-wearing Sajid.

Now a troublesome 13-year-old his father ships him off to Pakistan in a misguided attempt to set him on the right path by making him become a ‘good Muslim’.

Shooting begins in the autumn and the film is scheduled for cinema release late next year.

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