My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was also one of the first films released by Working Title Films. The story is set in London during the period when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as shown through the complex—and often comical—relationships between members of the Asian and White communities. The story focuses on Omar, a young Pakistani man living in London, and his reuniting and eventual romance with his old friend, a street punk named Johnny. The two become the caretakers and business managers of a laundromat originally owned by Omar's parents. The plot tackles many polemical issues, such as homosexuality, racism, and Britain's economic and political policy during the 1980s. Omar Ali is a young man living in 1980s London. His father, Hussein, is a Pakistani journalist who lives in London but hates Britain and its international politics. His dissatisfaction with the world and a family tragedy has caused his alcoholism to take over, so that Omar has to take care of him.
Unusual and quirky, one wonders how much of a cult hit My Beautiful Laundrette would have been without a very early performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as the gay pal of an Indian entrepreneur. Centering around the run-down laundromat the pair fix up and the gangster elements they face down in order to do it, Laundrette is often fun and endearing, at least when it makes sense.