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All of the actors portraying George's children were born in England and found it easy to relate to their character's feelings of being brought up to be British while being expected to maintain their family's cultural values and beliefs.
The film was banned in Egypt.
The costumes George's children wear are deliberately outdated to signify that they are hand-me-downs passed down between them all.
Based on a popular stage production of the same name; most of the actors returned to reprise their roles in the movie.
The Khan house doesn't have its own bathroom, which was perfectly normal for the average terraced house of the time. A tin bath (as shown in the initial scenes) for washing with would be shared in a sitting room or bedroom between the family while the only toilet was an outhouse in the back garden.
Writer Ayub Khan-Din based the story on several of his own life-experiences growing up with a multi-cultural family.
The set department struggled to find authentic 1970s wallpaper and carpeting and had to pay a substantial amount of money to have it specially made for the production.
A cut scene featured a discussion where George's children tried to debate amongst themselves what their nationality was after Peggy cruelly calls Meenah a 'Paki'. The scene was initially intended to speak volumes about the mixed views each child had regarding nationality; only Maneer was shown to believe himself a Pakistani while the others determined to be Anglo-Indian or English.
This caused some controversy when it was released in the US as Miramax deliberately obscured the fact that it featured Asian characters in its marketing approach. Nevertheless the film was a solid hit in the States, grossing over $4 million, a very high figure for a low budget British film.
The drawing of a penis with a foreskin that Saleem shows his brothers and sister proved unexpectedly difficult. Chris Bisson can't draw so an artist was commissioned to sketch the object in question but, upon seeing the finished result, it was quickly decided that it looked too odd. It transpired that the artist was in fact circumcised and had no familiarity with foreskins so the cast and crew were asked if anyone could draw and would like to volunteer their penis. Fortunately one of the set photographers fit both requirements.
The scenes where the children are running after the cars in the neighborhood is true to life. In low rent districts and council housing estates until the late seventies, cars were rarely owned by residents and were considered a novelty by the neighborhood children.
Om Puri felt that George was a fascinating character to play because of his contradicting personality.
The song that Meenah dances to is "Inhi Logon Ne" from Pakeezah (1972).
The ages of the children are as follows: Nazir - 25, Abdul - 23, Tariq - 21, Maneer - 19, Saleem - 17, Meenah - 14 and Sajid - 11.
Despite playing 14-year-old Meenah, Archie Panjabi was actually 26 at the time of filming.
The title derives from Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Ballad of East and West", with its refrain "Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet"
The cinema that the family visit in Bradford was filmed at what used to be The Metro in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester.
The film takes place in 1971.
Five months after its release, this was still playing in British cinemas, having accrued over £10 million in box office receipts.
Ruth Jones and Emma Rydal would both go on to the TV series Stella (2012), in which Jones plays the title character. Coincidentally, in East is East Rydal's character is named Stella.
Om Puri (George Khan), Linda Bassett (Ella Khan), Lesley Nicol (Annie), Jimi Mistry (Tariq Khan) and Emil Marwa (Maneer Khan) are the only actors to reprise their roles in West Is West (2010).
In France the film was called "Fish and Chips: The Crunchy Comedy".
Shot in Manchester on what meteorologists were calling the wettest month in history.
Emma Rydal had to wear a wig as she had cut her hair drastically short months previous to casting for her part in _"Playing the Field" (1998) _.
The opening march was shot on an extremely cold day. If you look closely, you can see that some of the extras are clearly suffering in the cold.
The original play does not feature Nasir's wedding at the start.
The Bradford "shopping" scene was in fact filmed in Southall, Middlesex some 204 miles away!
Throughout the film, Abdul is revealed to be nicknamed Gunga Din by his workmates due to his being Pakistani. In a deleted scene, he ultimately lets this take its toll on him and lashes out at one of his workmates for this while drinking at a pub.
A cut scene revealed Abdul breaking down and crying in his father's presence the night before Mr. Shah's family were to visit. It was cut from the film after the director felt it hurt the character of Abdul too much and left the film feeling slightly too somber.
George emigrated to the UK in 1937 but calls himself a "Pakistani" and very anti Indian, however Pakistan was not formed until 1947 after partition which means he was a Indian national and has been living in the UK for 34 years!
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Om Puri||-||George Khan|
|Linda Bassett||-||Ella Khan|
|Jordan Routledge||-||Sajid Khan|
|Archie Panjabi||-||Meenah Khan|
|Emil Marwa||-||Maneer Khan|
|Chris Bisson||-||Saleem Khan|
|Jimi Mistry||-||Tariq Khan|
|Raji James||-||Abdul Khan|
|Ian Aspinall||-||Nazir Khan|
|Lesley Nicol||-||Auntie Annie|
|Emma Rydal||-||Stella Moorhouse|
|Kriss Dosanjh||-||Poppa Khalid|
|John Bardon||-||Mr. Moorhouse|