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Talking Indian girl bends it like Beckham

Indian girl bends it like Beckham


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TIMES NEWS NETWORK [ FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2002 8:04:30 AM ]

ONDON: In an un-funny coincidence, a Indian girl from Southall with a passion for football and David Beckham has become the unlikely focus of Britain’s angst over its sporting hero’s fractured left foot and the near-collapse of England’s World Cup dreams.

Jess Bhamra, heroine of director Gurinder Chadha’s new feelgood movie, Bend it like Beckham, plays football despite the disapproval of her traditionalist father (Anupam Kher), falls in love with her dishy Irish coach and kicks her mother’s lessons in cooking aloo gobhi in the face.

Along the way, she gives multi-cultural Britain lessons in that most Indian of aspirational concepts, unity in diversity.

Much of Britain is expected to laugh and fall in love as industry analysts prophesy the film as the comedy hit of the year both here and in the US.

Its ecstatic distributors plan to take it to Cannes.

The small-budget film, whose 430-screens mega opening on Friday is equivalent to that of the Hollywood multi-starrer, Ocean’s Eleven, is somewhat erroneously being seen as part of Britain’s so-called Indian summer of show-cased sub-continental talent and popular culture.

Chadha, herself a Southall girl who came to international attention with her first feature film Bhaji on the Beach, says that her newest big idea was born during the 1996 European football championship.

Recalling grown white men sitting on the pavements and crying over a limp penalty kick by an England player Chadha thought, "Wow, wouldn't it be great to take this big, male, testosterone-filled world that's grabbed the nation and stick an Indian girl right at the heart of it?"

So she did and it is, according to most accounts "great".

Pre-release audience reviews have been almost uniformly ecstatic about the effortless humour, the flashy football action executed by actress Parminder Nagra and the attention-grabbing cameo appearance of a Beckham lookalike.

The result is a film that is seen as the link between British India and its white, mainstream host nation. High school students of all colours have been recording their impressions of a "wicked", "mega-funny film", while many rebellious white teenagers say they empathise with the Indian heroine’s problems with parental authority.

Chadha affirms that her offering is "a celebration of" of all of Britain and the British identity as a whole, adding that Beckham and his Spice Girl wife Victoria saw the final cut two months ago "and liked it a lot".


A scene from the movie
The title refers to Beckham’s awesome ability to bend the flight path of a football, an artistic talent known as the Magnus effect in honour of the German physicist who first studied it.

The film has become a talking point for a nation obsessed with Beckham’s broken bones and the slim chances of his playing in the World Cup finals in Japan this summer.

More crucially, say analysts, it marks the coming of age for Indian themes on the big and small British screen, along with the unique and ultimate validation of the forthcoming Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical, Bombay Dreams.

But a small cast of doubters is suggesting that the coincidental release of Bend it like Beckham at a time when the England football captain cannot even walk is "inappropriate".

Some others say the film is over-rated, "a confusing mixture of genres" and a token gesture to the growing British commercial successes notched up by Hindi films.
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Saturday night with some Kirkland rum stirs memories. I saw part of bend it like Beckham recently in the gym. I first saw it in Sterling in Mumbai. Me and friend got a lower stall ticket quite close to the screen. But even there, there were a lot of fashionable girls, and I could smell some nice perfume .

I still live watching this one. Here is one song from that
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And one which I love for personal reasons nowadays

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My short review of 'Bend it like Beckham'


Movie set in England , where a brown skinned girl of Indian origin wants to play football ( soccer ) like English football superstar David Beckham and plays really well . But her Indian parents are reluctant to let her play ( though they do not actually stop her completely ) because they feel that football is a 'manly' game not to be played by girls and do not want their daughter to expose her legs wearing football shorts !! But the situation really moves to confrontation when she is proposed to by a good looking white English boy and she is inclined to accept the proposal . Her English friend ( played by Keira Knightly ) encourages both the playing of football by the Indian girl and also supports the romance . But do the girl's parents sit idly without opposition to this ?? Naah.....The movie has a humorous vein to it rather than make a serious issue out of it , though things do turn serious eventually .Watch the movie if you want to know what happened to the romance....

Verdict---decent.
two and a half stars.
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^^ Good short review. BTW, the white guy (coach) is Irish. You hear that in a conversation between Parminder and her didi (archie punjabi)

This movie tackles multiple issues - Racism in UK (Anupam Kher being excluded from cricket and a rival team calling Parminder Paki) , Femininity of girls playing football (Keira Knightley's mom), traditional career choices (Law vs Football) and also a desi gay.
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My short review of 'Bend it like Beckham'


Movie set in England , where a brown skinned girl of Indian origin wants to play football ( soccer ) like English football superstar David Beckham and plays really well . But her Indian parents are reluctant to let her play ( though they do not actually stop her completely ) because they feel that football is a 'manly' game not to be played by girls and do not want their daughter to expose her legs wearing football shorts !! But the situation really moves to confrontation when she is proposed to by a good looking white English boy and she is inclined to accept the proposal . Her English friend ( played by Keira Knightly ) encourages both the playing of football by the Indian girl and also supports the romance . But do the girl's parents sit idly without opposition to this ?? Naah.....The movie has a humorous vein to it rather than make a serious issue out of it , though things do turn serious eventually .Watch the movie if you want to know what happened to the romance....

Verdict---decent.
two and a half stars.
The review comes 15 years too late.. also, the rating of decent 2.5 for a great movie ??
This movie has everything like sgars pointed out. It has cult status and launched careers of people like Keira Knightley no less.

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Narender Chanchal the famous bhent singer (devotional songs) could easily turn it into a good bhajan.. the lyrics are already set up for that, and it has a good peppy tune to suit his thick Punjabi voice.

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The review comes 15 years too late.. also, the rating of decent 2.5 for a great movie ??
This movie has everything like sgars pointed out. It has cult status and launched careers of people like Keira Knightley no less.
In 2002 I neither was into watching movies nor into reviewing them .
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^^ Good short review. BTW, the white guy (coach) is Irish. You hear that in a conversation between Parminder and her didi (archie punjabi)

This movie tackles multiple issues - Racism in UK (Anupam Kher being excluded from cricket and a rival team calling Parminder Paki) , Femininity of girls playing football (Keira Knightley's mom), traditional career choices (Law vs Football) and also a desi gay.
+ Jealousy between two friends who are the subject of attention from the same person.
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