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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A day to set yourself free!


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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





English | Punjabi

Release Date:

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 »


Ciddha Wich Kurhi Vekko
Performed by Bhujhangy
Composed by K Bhambra/R Dillon
Courtesy of Keda Records
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bhaji on the beach impresses
1 June 2003 | by SophoclesSee 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.


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