What happens when you bend the rules to follow your dreams? Bend It Like Beckham is a new British film about a teenage girl named Jess (Parminder Nagra) living in London who must make a choice between following the traditions of her Indian family or pursuing her dream of becoming a soccer sensation. Unlike her older sister, Pinky (Archie Panjabi), who abides by her parent’s wishes and marries a proper Indian boy, Jess aspires to achieve the success of her idol, soccer superstar David Beckham. When she meets Jules (Keira Knightley), who also shares a passion for soccer, the two find strength in their drive to be the best. They take their talents to the field and lead their team to victory against all odds. When they both fall head over cleats for their soccer coach, Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), their friendship is tested. When their team prepares to face their toughest opponent, Jess must confront not only her loyalty to her best friend and her family, but ultimately to herself. —Official site
Gurinder Chadha (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਿੰਦਰ ਚੱਡਾ; born 10 January 1960), OBE, is a British film director of Indian origin. Most of her films explore the lives of Indians living in the United Kingdom. She is best known for the hit films Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004) and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008). Her most recent project is the comedy film It’s a Wonderful Afterlife released on 21 April 2010.
Gurinder Chadha was born in Nairobi. Her family was part of the Indian diaspora in East Africa. They moved to Southall, West London when she was two years of age, where she attended Clifton Primary School. After graduating from the University of East Anglia, Chadha attended the London College of Printing in 1984/85 and studied for a post-graduate diploma in radio journalism, following which she worked as a BBC Radio reporter. Chadha then began working in television, and moved into film production in 1993.
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