Monday 20 November 2017

Mistry: West Is West was emotional

Jimi Mistry reprises his East Is East role in West Is West
Jimi Mistry reprises his East Is East role in West Is West

Jimi Mistry has said it was "emotional" reprising his role as Tariq in East Is East sequel West Is West.

The Rocknrolla star made his big screen debut in the comedy about a British Asian family set in Manchester in the 70s, and the follow up is set in 70s Pakistan.

Jimi revealed: "We've done it, I've filmed my bit, done all that, it's all being put together and made as we speak - I'm looking forward to seeing a first cut of it, we'll see what happens, like everyone else."

He added: "Hopefully by the end of the year, maybe we might see something."

West Is West catches up with the dysfunctional Khan family, who have grown up in Britain and feel British, but whose father insists on sticking to strict Pakistani tradition.

Jimi played older brother Tariq, but the film focuses on Sajid, the youngest brother. Sajid is packed off to the Punjab by his father to be sorted out by his first wife, and the rest of the Khan family soon follow to get him back.

Former EastEnders star Jimi, who will next be seen in Gurinder Chadha's new comedy It's A Wonderful Afterlife, felt moved going back to the character after all these years.

He confessed: "[It was] very emotional. It was a long time ago but it was also the job that made my career. It was quite emotional being Tariq again.

"We'll see what happens - hopefully it'll strike a chord and be very good."

:: It's A Wonderful Afterlife is released on April 21.

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