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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 »


Gurinder Chadha


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

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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


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!


Comedy | Drama

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





English | Punjabi

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May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bhaji na Praia See more »


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Did You Know?


Although meant to be set in Birmingham, the women's centre is filmed in Merrick Road, Southall. On their way to Blackpool the bus can be seen driving on Western Road, Southall. The service station purporting to be on the M6 is actually the Heston Services M4 westbound. Finally the enterance to the M6 which all the characters drive on is the Hayes bypass in Middlesex. See more »


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


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


Tchip Tchip Song
Performed by Raymond Walbank
Composed by Werner and Rendell
Publishing courtesy of Werner/Valentine Music
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An extraordinarily perceptive summary of life: sex and race
15 January 2002 | by gaynor.wildSee all my reviews

Gurinder Chadha, in the setting of England and with people of Indian background, has made an excellent movie about racism, sexism and the difference in viewpoints among generations. It is applicable to all people. Using the device of a group of "Asian Women" going from Birmingham to Blackpool for a one-day holiday, she includes stories about wife beating, unmarried pregnancy, loneliness, religious and cultural conservatism, and the most basic: sexual attraction. One of the most striking things about the movie, other than the intensity of the stories, is that no time is wasted. Despite the rather large number of characters, all are adequately described, and the stories are completely told. There is not one moment in the movie that I would modify. It is excellent: four stars out of four. I am looking forward to more movies and stories from Ms. Chadha.

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