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Jimi's 'emotional' return to role

Published 20/10/2010 | 12:34

Jimi Mistri was glad to be reunited with the East Is East cast for West Is West
Jimi Mistri was glad to be reunited with the East Is East cast for West Is West

Jimi Mistry found it "emotional" when he revisited his role as Tariq Khan for West Is West.

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The Strictly Come Dancing star, who reprises his role briefly for the sequel to 1999's East Is East, arrived in true Bollywood style for the film's London Film Festival premiere, driving up to the red carpet with co-stars Aquib Khan, Emil Marwa and Om Puri in a gaudy bright orange campervan, decorated with pictures of Indian deities and flashing lights.

"It was quite emotional to go back in his shoes again - it was the role that made my career so I had to watch the first film and see what I was like," he admitted on the red carpet.

"My little cameo is just to show people Tariq is still alive and kicking. It all came very naturally to me so it was good."

He added: "I can't quite believe how many years it has been since the original, which makes me feel old."

Co-star Emil Marwa, who plays his brother Maneer, claimed West Is West exists as a standalone film.

"You don't have to watch East Is East first. This one is set a few years later and is a coming-of-age film," he said.

Director Andy de Emmony admitted taking on the sequel was "daunting", following in Damien O'Donnell's footsteps who helmed the original.

"It was daunting, although the family welcomed me with open arms, so I loved it. We're all ready for the third now," he said.

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