Gurinder Chadha


Name Gurinder Chadha
Date of Birth 1960
Birth Place Kenya
Grew up Southall, west London
Profession Director, Screenwriter and Producer
Earlier Job as a news reporter with the BBC and later with channel four
Education University of East Anglia
Husband Paul Mayeda Berges( a Japanese American)
Has Relatives in Kenya, India, Australia and USA
Production Company Umbi films
First  Indian woman filmmaker in the British film industry 
Blockbuster Bend It Like Beckham, made for a modest �2 million, which to widespread surprise became a runaway hit
Debut  Documentary:I’m English but…(1989) 
Film:Bhaji on the Beach (1993)
Dramatic Film:Nice Arrangement(1991) about a British-Asian wedding
Character Extremely oustspoken
Her first trip to India when she was 9 years old and she did not like it. Later when she came back in her University years she really enjoyed the trip.
Networth  Asian Xpress Rich List’s top 300, her assets  �4 million, putting her in 286th place, alongside Meera Syal, the actress, writer and comedienne.
Memorable movie The Story Of The Weeping Camel.
Favorite films English: Tokyo Story, It’s a Wonderful life, Tootsie
Hindi: Mother India, Baiju Bawra, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Regarding food Food is a really good way of getting to grips with who a character is
Favourite book in her school days Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Appeared as herself
  • Films: Sonic Cinema, Road to Sundance 
  • As a TV guest: Film’72, Breakfast
  • ‘Bhaji on the Beach’ won numerous International awards including jury prizes at Locarno. It received a BAFTA Nomination for Best British Film of 1994 and as the director of the film she won  the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Newcomer to British Cinema.
  • ‘What’s Cooking’ won  the award for Best British Director in the London Film Critics� Circle 2001 Awards.
  • ‘Bend it like Beckham’ won audience favorite film awards at the Locarno, Sydney and Toronto film festivals, and received an European Film Academy Nomination for Best Film in the 2002 European Film Awards.
Favourite food Chinese from china town restaurant
Admires and loves to work with  Bruce Springsteen
If not a filmmaker  Would have been a song writer
Regrets Missing the delights of BBC’s subsidized bar
Best advice given to her Only ever do things that make you happy and bring you pleasure.
Worst advice was asked to do a secretarial course by her school career councellor.
Divides her time between a flat in Camden and her widowed mother’s house in Southall, where she grew up
Filmography  1993 Bhaji on the Beach
2000 What’s Cooking
2002 Bend It Like Beckham
2004 Bride and Prejudice
2005 I Dream of Jeannie
Shorts and TV films:
1989 I’m British But….
1990 A Nice Arrangement
1992 Acting Our Age
1994 What do you call an Indian Woman who’s Funny
1995 Rich Deceiver
About Bend it like Beckham ‘My most autobiographical film, although I never played soccer. And Jess was much better behaved than I ever was.”
About Bride and Prejudice Hijacked Jane Austen and took her to Amritsar
About Aishwarya Rai ‘She’d be recognized not just as a beauty but also as an actress not just in Hollywood but all over the world.’
Fact Her husband is also her co-writer.
To contact her ICM
76 Oxford Street
United Kingdom
Quote Laugh and dance a lot, less cynicism and more celebration. Be nice to your family and learn to cook aloo gobi!

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