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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:
... Ginder
... Ranjit
Sarita Khajuria ... Hashida
... Manjit
Mo Sesay ... Oliver
... Asha
Shaheen Khan ... Simi
... Pushpa
... Amrik
... Ladhu
Renu Kochar ... Madhu
Surendra Kochar ... Bina
... Rekha
... 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
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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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Om Jai Jagdish Hare
Performed by Damyanti Puri
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City Lights
18 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

An assortment of Indian women (teenagers, middle aged and the elderly) face racial prejudice, stereotyping, generational gaps and individual inner demons on a trip to see the Blackpool Illuminations in this debut feature from 'Bend It Like Beckham' director Gurinder Chadha. The film gets off to a solid start with a surreal opening sequence in which a well cast Lalita Ahmed is trapped by contemporary British culture in direct conflict with her inner roots. Ahmed is, however, only one of around a dozen main characters, and the film varies in how engaging it is as it weaves in and out of subplots varying from an unwanted pregnancy, to a young woman who has taken her son with her to Blackpool to escape an abusive husband, to two older women who believe that something is wrong with modern youth. With solid performances all round, the film never bores, though the highlight is clearly Ahmed, whose surreal daydreams increase in frequency and intensity as she lets herself be romanced by a British acquaintance. The shots of Blackpool at night are a wonder to behold too, with the glowing lights providing an appropriate dreaminess to this tale of Indian women reassessing their dreams in life.


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