GOA: Buoyant by the response to her film West is West, Leslee Udwin, the producer of the opening film at IFFI 2010 – West is West, is working on the script for the third film in the series East is West.
Udwin said that it was a great honor to present the opening film at one of the best festivals in the world.
The film, made with a budget of 2.5 million pound sterling (approx Rs 180 million), will be released in India on 25 February along with its UK release. The film has been shot in Punjab and stars Om Puri, Ila Arun and Vijay Raaz. The film’s music is by Rob Lane and Shankar Ehsaan Loy.
Set in Manchester 1975, West is West is a story of the claustrophobic and dysfunctional, Khan family’s struggle for survival. Sajid, the youngest Khan, the runt of the litter, is deep in pubescent crisis under heavy assault both from his father’s tyrannical insistence on Pakistani tradition, and from the fierce bullies in the schoolyard. So, in a last, desperate attempt to ‘sort him out’, his father decides to pack him off to Mrs. Khan No 1 and family in the Punjab, the wife and daughters he had abandoned 35 years earlier. It is not long before Ella Khan (Mrs. Khan No 2) with a small entourage from Salford, England, swiftly follows to sort out the mess, past and present.