Gurinder Goes to Goa

Gurinder Chadha arrived in India to visit Goa this week, but she wasn’t there just for the scenery. “Yeah, it’s lovely here in Goa, and it feels nice. But I am more interested in how Indian audiences view what I do and how I do it.” The perfect means for getting that feedback, the International Film Festival of India, is hosting a retrospective of Gurinder’s Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice, and Bhaji on the Beach.

Gurinder has long been known as a Hindi film fan – her Bride and Prejudice was an affectionate ode to the movies she grew up watching. However, the Punjabi-descended director once again proved Bollywood’s universal appeal when she admitted she is not fluent in Hindi.

Fans of all linguistic persuasions will be happy to hear the writer-director has no intention of resting on her laurels. Her next film, It’s A Wonderful Afterlife – set in Southall – an Asian-heavy section of London – will star actress-activist Shabana Azmi.


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