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All In Good Time Review


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Based on the 1963 play Rafta Rafta, this lively comedy-drama is a story of delayed satisfaction in the Indian subculture in Bolton, northwest England. The characters and situations are entertaining, even if it all feels somewhat stagey and corny.

On the day of their colourful wedding, Atul and Vina (Ritchie and Karan) are endlessly delayed by family business, traditions and the drunken antics of Atul's father Eeshwar (Patel), which his patient mother Lopa (Syal) just about tolerates. And being in a room next to his parents makes their wedding night less than satisfying. But it gets worse when their honeymoon is cancelled. And the growing pressure - from helpful parents, nosey neighbours, work colleagues and Atul's cheeky title brother (Mohan) - to consummate the relationship is just too much to bear.

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West Is West Review


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It's been 11 years since we last caught up with the Khan family, although only five have passed in their lives. And while this sequel isn't as sharply funny as 1999's East Is East, it has some nice things to say about growing up in a multi-cultural society.

In 1976 Salford, George and Ella (Puri and Bassett) only have one child left at home, 15-year-old Sajid (Khan). And he's a real handful, feeling even more fiercely English than his older siblings. So George decides to cart him off to the Old Country to gain some respect for his heritage. What George doesn't count on is learning a lesson himself, because once in Pakistan he's confronted with the life he left 30 years earlier, including a wife (Arun) and daughters who have been waiting for him.

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Picture - Ayub Khan-Din and Aquib Khan Manchester, England, Monday 17th January 2011

Ayub Khan-Din - Ayub Khan-Din and Aquib Khan Manchester, England - Premiere of 'West is West' at the Odeon. Monday 17th January 2011

Picture - Writer: Ayub Khan-Din, Linda Bassett,... Manchester, England, Monday 17th January 2011

Ayub Khan-Din, Emil Marwa, Linda Bassett and Zita Sattar - Writer: Ayub Khan-Din, Linda Bassett, Zita Sattar Aquib Khan and Emil Marwa and director Andy DeEmmony Manchester, England - Premiere of 'West is West' at the Odeon. Monday 17th January 2011

East Is East Review


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East is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet... or at least that is the saying. In East is East, the twain have met and married in 1946. The East, a Pakistani by the name of George Khan (Om Puri) came to England searching for work and met Ella (Linda Bassett). 25 years later, we watch as the Eastern influences of George's patriarchal dictatorship clash with the Western ideals that surround the family.

This sounds like a BBC Kitchen Sink Drama of the week or an early Mike Leigh TV-movie (in Leigh's pre-Naked days), and indeed would end up being just that if it weren't for the fact that East is East is delightfully funny. As the tragedy of a family being torn apart by Muslim upbringing clashing with Christian ideals, East is East journeys further into the realm of absolute absurdity.

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