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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 »


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

Release Date:

May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bhaji na Praia See more »


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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 »


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Om Jai Jagdish Hare
Performed by Damyanti Puri
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Interesting and Engaging
14 November 2016 | by pfaulkner1-136-805780See all my reviews

This an excellent 'under the radar' film that keeps the viewer interested all the way through from start to finish. A mixed group of Indian women from Birmingham take a day trip to Blackpool to see the illuminations.They each have their own issues and problems which are gradually revealed and played out as the film progresses.

The sensitivities of sexism, mixed-relationships, multiculturalism, racial bigotry and inter-generational difficulties are all explored in this film.The writer has woven some interesting sub plots into the main story and they all come together quite well. There is only so much that can be crammed into a film lasting just over 100 minutes, but the crowded story-line has been carefully thought through, and thus does not fall apart, despite the various topics and themes. It is a good film and I would watch it again.

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