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Bhaji on the Beach (1993)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  May 1994 (USA)
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A group of women of Indian descent take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool. The women vary in ages from mid-teens to old, and initially ... See full summary »

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Kim Vithana ...
Ginder
Jimmi Harkishin ...
Sarita Khajuria ...
Hashida
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Manjit
Mo Sesay ...
Oliver
Lalita Ahmed ...
Asha
Shaheen Khan ...
Simi
Zohra Segal ...
Pushpa (as Zohra Sehgal)
Amer Chadha-Patel ...
Amrik
Nisha Nayar ...
Ladhu
Renu Kochar ...
Madhu
Surendra Kochar ...
Bina
Souad Faress ...
Rekha
Tanveer Ghani ...
Balbir
Peter Cellier ...
Ambrose Waddington
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A group of women of Indian descent take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool. The women vary in ages from mid-teens to old, and initially have little in common. But the events of the day lead them to better mutual understanding and solidarity. Written by Reid Gagle

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A day to set yourself free!

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and a scene of domestic abuse | See all certifications »
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Bhaji na Praia  »

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$735,192 (USA)
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Nach Na
Performed by Joe and Ian
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Too Many Issues - Not Enough Comedy
7 September 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

When I was a film student in London I was the only Scot in class which led to the inevitable question " Do you set your screenplays in Scotland Theo ? " I replied I didn't because setting a story in a specific geographical location lessens the marketability of a script because the parochial nature only appeals to a specific audience

BHAJI ON THE BEACH would be an example of what I'm talking about where a bunch of Indian women travel from Birmingham on a day trip to Blackpool . Does anyone think a bunch of women singing the Cliff Richard hit Summer Holiday in Punjabi is funny ? Have you got to be Hindu to appreciate the joke ?

Perhaps I'm being quick off the mark to condemn the movie through its small minded ethnicity because I'm not entirely sure if that's the film's problem . What is certainly a problem are the far too many issues crammed into the story . Things like domestic abuse , teenage pregnancy are touched upon and because of the characters ethnic background racism is makes an appearance too in a story that's overwhelmed by its social conscience and underwhelmed by laughter . If you want to send a message try Western Union instead of celluloid


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