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Bhaji on the Beach (1993)

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 »

Director:

Gurinder Chadha

Writers:

Gurinder Chadha (story), Meera Syal (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Vithana ... Ginder
Jimmi Harkishin ... Ranjit
Sarita Khajuria Sarita Khajuria ... Hashida
Akbar Kurtha ... Manjit
Mo Sesay Mo Sesay ... Oliver
Lalita Ahmed ... Asha
Shaheen Khan Shaheen Khan ... Simi
Zohra Sehgal ... Pushpa
Amer Chadha-Patel ... Amrik
Nisha Nayar ... Ladhu
Renu Kochar Renu Kochar ... Madhu
Surendra Kochar Surendra Kochar ... Bina
Souad Faress ... Rekha
Tanveer Ghani ... Balbir
Peter Cellier ... Ambrose Waddington
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A day to set yourself free!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of domestic abuse | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Punjabi

Release Date:

May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bhaji na Praia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$735,192
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Goofs

There is no consistent "Brummie" accent (West Midlands UK) throughout from the main characters. See more »


Soundtracks

Ha La La La
Performed by Ajuba
Composed by Diyal Puri, Jandu Lithra
Courtesy of Oriental Star Records
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Surprisingly good "Slice of Life".
23 January 1999 | by FacadeSee all my reviews

I found this film thoroughly watchable, and compulsive viewing. I think this was mainly because of the believable main characters, a group of Asian women.

The film itself is a compendium of stories, each person having their own set of problems.

The main cast are members of the "Saheli Women's Group" on a day trip to Blackpool. There is Ginder, a battered wife who has left her husband, a young girl who is pregnant by her black boyfriend, two old women stuck in the past, a vampish "mutton dressed as lamb", and two teenagers chasing boys.

There are some nasty reminders of the prejudice in our society, such as an encounter with louts in a Service Station. There are also some amusing scenes, the teenagers ridiculing their elders for example, yet the mood swings very quickly one way and another, as they are pursued by Ginder's husband and brothers, picnic on the beach, make friends with the locals, and visit a nightclub.

The film's main weakness is the number of issues that it tries to address, it's strength the "ordinariness" of the actors, who could each fill their roles in real life.

On a scale 0-10 7. Expect to be drawn in rather than entertained.


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