Ayub Khan-Din

Ayub Khan-Din



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<p>Ayub Khan-Din (born 1961 in Salford, Greater Manchester) is a British Pakistani actor and playwright. As an actor, Khan-Din participated in some 20 British films and TV series in the late 1980s and the 1990s. He made his film debut in My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), but is perhaps best known for the role of Sammy in Hanif Kureishi's Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987) and as one of the leading characters in the film Idiot from 1992. In the late 1990s, Kahn-Din began writing plays. His first play was East is East for the Royal Court Theatre in 1997, which was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Comedy. The play draws very much from Kahn-Din's own childhood in Salford, where he grew up in a large family with a British Pakistani father and a white British mother. In interviews, he has stated that the young boy Sajid Khan is a portrait of himself, and that Sajid's parents are very exact portraits of his own parents. In 1999, the film version of East is East was released, starring Om Puri as the father and Linda Bassett as the mother. Khan-Din did the screenplay from his own play, and won both a British Independent Film Award and a London Critics Circle Film</p>