Chadha’s career began with the noted 1993 hit Bhaji On The Beach, which became an instant classic. Her mainstream mega hit was of course the unforgettable Bend It Like Beckham, which like many of her films reference a uniquely British Asian experience. Other incredible films are Bride and Prejudice, which for this writer and many non-Indian film fans was the movie that led us to Bollywood. Also of note is Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife and Viceroy’s House.
During the fascinating talk we found out what drives and inspires this iconic talent. Gurinder Chadha also discussed her new film, Blinded by the Light, the Sundance hit about a British Asian Bruce Springsteen fan, which hits UK cinemas this August, but also her ITV period drama, Beecham House, which is airing now.
After the event, LIFF festival director Cary Sawhney said, “One of best talks I’ve ever heard by Gurinder Chadha yesterday at Picturehouse Central. What an amazing career she’s had so far. Looking forward to seeing her ITV series transmission Beecham House today and Blinded By The Light release in August.”
Here are some pictures from the fascinating chat!
All pictures courtesy: DARREN BRADE PHOTOGRAPHY