Be it capturing the cultural shock of living in the West or morphing one’s Eastern roots to match the pace of the new world, movies over the years have critically depicted the nuanced stories of Asian migrants. In a unique fusion of East and West, these pieces of productions, with their compelling narratives, have made us laugh, cry and even pray for the characters on screen. This month, as we commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the US, let us take a moment to revisit movies that share moving stories of immigrants and first-generation borns in a new nation. Stream these stories exclusively on ZEE5 Global this month to celebrate the best of South Asian entertainment.
RRR – 2022
The Academy Award-winning cinematic masterpiece directed by S.S. Rajamouli brings the story of two revolutionaries fighting their individual battles in 1920 against the British empire far away from home. Stream it in its original language Telugu only on ZEE5 Global.
English Vinglish – 2012
Directed by Gauri Shinde and featuring the late Sridevi, English Vinglish is a gripping tale of an ordinary housewife and caterer, struggling to learn English in order to gain respect in her house. However, as she learns the language during her US trip, she undergoes a journey of self-discovery.
Namaste England – 2018
A romantic drama directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, the movie revolves around Param and Jasmeet whose relationship undergoes stress and changes as they struggle to fulfil their dreams of relocating to England.
United Kachche – 2023
The ZEE5 Global original starring the very funny Sunil Grover tells the story of Punjabi boy Tango who aspires to become an NRI based out of England, even if it means being an illegal immigrant. Things take a hilarious turn once he reaches there and has to live like a ‘kaccha’.
Pardes – 1997
The Shubhash Ghai directorial, starring the Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan, revolves around a man’s wish to find an Indian bride for his NRI son. He succeeds when he comes across his friend’s daughter Ganga, but their engagement becomes riddled with cultural gaps and misunderstandings. Alone and afraid, Ganga finds solace and companionship in her fiance’s foster brother.