Thursday, 18 December 2008

Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha OBE is a Sikh director who has achieved considerable success with her films. Most of her films focus on Indians that live in the UK. Some of her notable films are, Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004) and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008). Gurinder was born in Nairobi, Kenya on the 10th of January 1960 but moved to Southall, England at the age of two. She began making documentaries for the BBC in the 1980's and made her first film in 1991 called Nice Arrangement about an British Asian Wedding.

Her most successful film to date was Bend It Like Beckham (2002) which launched the career of Parminder Nagra, a Sikh actress from Leicester, England who has gone on to act in the US drama series ER. Another little known fact is that Gurinder's film was also the breakthrough film for Keira Knightley who has also starred in the Pirates of the Carribean franchise. The video below is of Bend It Like Beckham.

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