3 Pakistani Songs Featured in British Film ‘West Is West’

October 16, 2010

“West Is West” is a 2010 British comedy drama film, which is a sequel to the 1999 film “East Is East”. Its predecessor East is East won on the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards.

The story of the film has been written by Ayub Khan Din who is the son of a British Pakistani. It is set in a British household of mixed-ethnicity, with a Pakistani father and an English mother in Salford, Greater Manchester, and revolves around George Khan (played by Om Puri), the father is worried that his youngest son is turning his back on his Pakistani heritage, and decides to take him for a vist to Pakistan.

The soundtrack of the film features three Pakistani songs, one performed by the Pakistani playback singer Naheed Akhtar and the other two are from the second season of Coke Studio. See Details Below:


Written by Tasleem
Performed by Nahid Akhtar
From the film “Teray Meray Sapnay”
By courtesy of P.N.R Production

Music composed by Saieen Zahoor
Under licence from Peer Artist Management
Performed by Saieen Zahoor / Noori
Licensed by Frequency Media
By courtesy of Coke Studio

Music composed by Saieen Zahoor
Lyrics by Riyasat Ali
Under licence from Peer Artist Management
Performed by Saieen Zahoor
Licensed by Frequency Media
By courtesy of Coke Studio

Charity Screening for Pakistan Floods Appeal:

There is a charity screening of the film in Dubai on Sunday 17th. All proceeds go to charity for flood relief in Pakistan. The tickets are 100 dirhams each, and anyone who wants to come can email their request for tickets to [email protected]. They will then email them back with details of the venue and tickets. The proceeds are all to go to Red Crescent for direct 100% distribution to Pakistan’s Flood Victims.

The premiere of the film is at Cinema City located in Arabian Centre, Mirdiff on Sunday, 17 Oct 2010 at 7.30pm.

Telephone: 044393464 / 055 9674760 or email: [email protected] to make your reservation now (tickets at 100 AED each).

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with veteran stars OM PURI and ILA ARUN and the producer of the film, LESLEE UDWIN. There will also be an exciting auction!

The Producers invite you to be the FIRST to see this critically acclaimed film which is hilarious & poignant in equal measure–to have a thrilling, enlightening and entertaining evening at the cinema and in doing so, to help raise funds for the people so desperately and urgently in need of our generosity.

According to the U.N., the number of living people affected by flooding in Pakistan is now 20 MILLION. That’s more than a combined total of the 2004 Tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir and the 2010 Haiti earthquakes and Hurricane Katrina disaster.

“a crowd-pleaser filled with laughter, tears and an uplifting resolution, “West Is West is a big-hearted slice of populist entertainment.” (Screendaily, Toronto Film Festival)

“If there is any justice, they should roll out the red carpet for Om Puri and Ila Arun at the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nominations.” (Rediffmovies)

“A highly entertaining film. Om Puri’s George Khan is truly one of the great comic roles of recent British films.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

“West is West is a remarkably buoyant, big-hearted movie. It betters its predecessor East is East, thanks to its broader emotional range and indefatigably high spirits” (The Toronto Star)

From the Producer of the film:

I make films because I love people. Because I love people, I care for them greatly. Art and life are mirrors and each has a responsibility to the other. Together with my distinguished writer, Ayub Khan Din, and a brilliantly talented team of Artists and film-makers, we have been fortunate enough to make a wonderful, uplifting film that entertains and touches the heart with a universal story of ordinary people, set in Pakistan in 1976. I cannot divorce the labour of love of the past 4 years making this film, from the pain and helplessness I feel when I see and think about the plight of those ordinary people affected by the floods in Pakistan today. It is my impassioned conviction that WEST IS WEST, as a film which is full of heart and humanity about the people of the very region that is so badly affected, above religion and above politics, must also serve as an ambassador to open hearts and raise money for the Flood Appeal. Please help us in our objective, just by coming to the cinema on the 17th October. I promise you that you will laugh and cry and be enlightened, and have a truly thrilling evening in the process of doing good for a crucially important cause. OM PURI, ILA ARUN and I very much hope to see you at the cinema on the 17th October!


Official Movie Synopsis:

Manchester, Northern England, 1976. The now much-diminished, but still claustrophobic and dysfunctional, Khan family continues to struggle for survival. Sajid, the youngest Khan, is under heavy assault both from his father’s tyrannical insistence on Pakistani tradition, and from the fierce bullies in the schoolyard. 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. The sequel to East is East, West is West is the coming of age story of both 15-year-old Sajid and of his father, 60-year-old George Khan.

Click on the play button to check out the trailer.