Yasmin (Archie Panjabi
- Emmy award winner for the primetime television series The Good Wife and of Bend it like Beckham
- fame) is a spirited woman whose life in the North of England has become a precarious balancing act as she attempts both to please her traditional Pakistani family and enjoy the freedoms of western life. Having rebelled against her family as a teenager, Yasmin yields to the demands of her widowed father and agrees to marry a cousin 'from home'. The omens are not good when the goat-herder from a Pakistani village meets the vivacious, westernised Yasmin.
After the shocking events of 9/11, Yasmin's life begins to change; her innate sense of confidence starts to evaporate and she becomes increasingly ostracised at work. Yasmin is only jolted out of her crisis of identity when she witnesses the brutal internment of her husband under the draconian rules of the Anti-Terrorism Act. The injustice of this event forces Yasmin to re-evaluate her faith, her culture and her relationships. The scene is set for a compelling and and topical personal drama of what it means to be Asian, Muslim and British in the 21st century.
Written by Simon Beaufoy (highly acclaimed writer of Slumdog Millionaire and The Full Monty), the film is an emotionally resonant story, threaded with a rich vein of wit, irony and juxtapostions.
Archie Panjabi won the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival and the Best Actress Award at the Reims Film Festival for her performance in the role of Yasmin.