My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette ( My Beautiful Laundrette ) is a British film drama directed by Stephen Frears from 1985 based on the eponymous play by Hanif Kureishi.


Omar is the only son of Pakistani journalist Hussein Ali, who was highly regarded in his home country. The rundown emigrants living in a rundown apartment in which he devotes himself especially to the alcohol in south London. Omar, whose mother committed suicide, taking care of him.

Omar's uncle Nasser, a wealthy businessman ( " In the dirt the money is " ) in the ruled by Margaret Thatcher England and in many ways the exact opposite of his brother Ali, his nephew shows a run-down, poorly running a launderette, which Omar for the purpose of re-opening again on to bring in front. In addition, he sees him as the future husband of his fun-loving daughter Tania. The Omar still known from school, unemployed and living in squats Johnny, who has separated from his gang, is persuaded by Omar to go into business with. Since he has fallen in love with Omar, he says to. So you will love the couple and with business partners and transform the wax salon with a lot of work, color and imagination into a piece of jewelry that is to be opened soon. Omar's father is away unimpressed; him it would be better if Omar would take up his studies again. In addition, he shall declare him to deal with Johnny, the Ali used to know as violent racists. Meanwhile, Omar and Johnny are planning the takeover of two other salons.

Nasser has a relationship with the Englishwoman Rachel, who receives financial support from Nasser's relatives. You can not endure their situation and ended the affair. The above dejected Nasser Hussein Ali moves in with his brother, with whom he reconciled. Nasser's daughter Tania is indeed engaged to Omar, but falls in love with the homosexual Johnny. When she finds out that her love is not returned, she moves to another district.

The racist and violent passage which formerly belonged to Johnny, takes the laundromat in the day of opening. Johnny, who is beaten by gang members in a brutal fashion, as they see him as a traitor to their ideology, is rescued by Omar. The film ends with Johnny and Omar to splash in the bathroom for fun with water.


Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun - Times on 11 April 1986, the film does not focus on the plot, but give a sense of the social relations. Such a film lived on the representations that are offered by the " fascinating group of unknown actors ." Were known to the critics only Shirley Anne Field and Daniel Day -Lewis, whose representations he described as a "miracle of acting ." Ebert wrote that the film reminded him of the movie room with a view, not only because of the participation of Daniel Day -Lewis, but because the main characters had a choice.


Hanif Kureishi was nominated for his screenplay in 1987 for an Oscar. He and Saeed Jaffrey 1986 were nominated for the BAFTA Award.

Stephen Frears won the Evening Standard British Film Award 1986. Daniel Day- Lewis won in the same year the National Board of Review Award and along with Hanif Kureishi the New York Film Critics Circle Award. Hanif Kureishi won the 1987 National Society of Film Critics Award. The film was nominated for the 1987 Independent Spirit Award.


The film was shot in London with a budget of an estimated 650,000 pounds sterling. He celebrated on 7 September 1985 at the Toronto Film Festival world premiere.