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Bhaji on the Beach (1993)

R | | Comedy, Drama | May 1994 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Vithana ...
Ginder
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Sarita Khajuria ...
Hashida
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Manjit
Mo Sesay ...
Oliver
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Asha
Shaheen Khan ...
Simi
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Pushpa (as Zohra Sehgal)
Amer Chadha-Patel ...
Amrik
Nisha Nayar ...
Ladhu
Renu Kochar ...
Madhu
Surendra Kochar ...
Bina
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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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There is no consistent "Brummie" accent (West Midlands UK) throughout from the main characters. See more »

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Featured in Goodness Ungracious Me! (2002) See more »

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I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Performed by Matt Young (as Matthew Young)
Lyrics by Bono Composed by U2
1987 Blue Mountain Music Ltd for UK
Mother Music for Eire
Polygram International Music Publishing B.V.
for world (ex. UK/Eire/Japan)
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bhaji on the beach impresses
1 June 2003 | by (New Delhi, India) – See all my reviews

watching bhaji on the beach is a charming experience. gurinder chadha's debut movie is a wonderful display of her obvious talents in presenting a pleasant picture of the indian diaspora without sugar-coating it. conflicts related to gender, generation and race abound, but the film never gets depressing. full of characters and fuller of huge variety in background music, it creates an upbeat, captivating atmosphere.

chadha's latest film, bend it like beckham simply cannot match upto the charms of bhaji on the beach. while the former is more commercially driven, the latter is an honest, cheeky and ultimately endearing experience. from the inquisitive shots of a busy carnival to the innocently affable punjabi songs the women sing on the bus, the first-time director has done a brilliant job in this socio-cultural amalgam of more than half-a-dozen important characters.

strongly recommended for anyone who likes 'slice of life' movies. its been ten years since gurinder chadha made this film. several movies have been made on the NRI experience, but only two have matched up to its brilliance - east is east and leela. bhaji on the beach is a must-see.

7.25/10


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