Pakistani origin Norwegian film director Iram Haq’s latest movie “What People Will Say” enthralled audience at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“What People Will Say” is the story of a Pakistani-origin teenage girl caught between the East and West.
Here is a Pakistani immigrant couple - played by Adil Hussain and Ekavali Khanna - in Oslo, strictly following their conservative Muslim culture in which their kids must preserve the family honour.
Their obsession with family honour forces their teenage daughter Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) to live a double life. At home, she bends to her parents’ dictate. But outside, she does all that a typical western teenager does - trying a puff, drinking beer, friendship and kissing.
She hangs out late with her peers, but then also runs home to ensure that she is not caught by parents. Nisha crosses the threshold when she invites her white boyfriend into her bedroom and gets caught.