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Birth Place: Kenya Profession: director, screenwriter, radio news reporter

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It was no surprise that director Gurinder Chadha, despite a traditional upbringing in a Punjabi household, did more than what was expected of an Indian woman. Her distinctly Anglo surroundings in Southall, London did more than just fuel her curiosity about other cultures; she sometimes outright rejected her family's heritage - like learning classical Indian dances or learning how to cook Aloo Gobi - in order to find her own identity. But as she grew older and more aware of the burgeoning Anglo-Asian subculture right under her nose, she developed an active interest in her mixed cultural identity, wearing traditional Indian dress and headwear with Doc Martins, for example, while becoming disenchanted with how her people were perceived. Her displeasure fueled her desire to see better, accurate portrayals of Indians in popular culture as she strove to become a film director.

It was no surprise that director Gurinder Chadha, despite a traditional upbringing in a Punjabi household, did more than what was expected of an Indian woman. Her distinctly Anglo surroundings in Southall, London did more than just fuel her curiosity about other cultures; she sometimes outright rejected her family's heritage - like learning classical Indian dances or learning how to cook Aloo Gobi - in order to find her own identity. But as she grew older and more aware of the burgeoning Anglo-Asian subculture right under her nose, she developed an active interest in her mixed cultural identity, wearing traditional Indian dress and headwear with Doc Martins, for example, while becoming disenchanted with how her people were perceived. Her displeasure fueled her desire to see better, accurate portrayals of Indians in popular culture as she strove to become a film director.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Bride and Prejudice (2004) Director
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  Bend It Like Beckham (2002) Director
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  What's Cooking? (2000) Director
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  Bhaji On The Beach (1993) Director
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  Acting Our Age (1992) Director
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  Nice Arrangement, A (1990) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Bend It Like Beckham (2002) Background Vocals ("Hot Hot Hot")
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 Stupids, The (1996) Reporter No 1
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1961:
Left Kenya with family; moved to Southall, London (date approximate)
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Worked as a radio news reporter for the BBC
1989:
Short film directorial debut, "I'm British But..."
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Directed several TV documentaries for BBC, Channel 4 and the British Film Institute, including "Acting Our Age" (1991) and "Pain, Passion & Profit" (1992)
1993:
Feature directorial debut, "Bhaji at the Beach"
1994:
Directed the short "What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny?"
1995:
Helmed the British TV-movie "Rich Deceiver" (BBC)
1996:
Had small role as a reporter in John Landis' "The Stupids"
2000:
Second feature, "What's Cooking?", premiered at Sundance Film Festival
2002:
Helmed the sports-themed "Bend It Like Beckham"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy or Musical Picture
2005:
Directed "Bride and Prejudice" a Bollywood update of the Jane Austen's classic tale
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Will direct John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez in a big-screen version of the 1980s TV show "Dallas"
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Notes

"I love to tell stories about people who rarely make it to the screen--to take people who are often on the margins of the frame and put them in the center." --Gurinda Chadha quoted in the press notes for "What's Cooking?"

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husband:
Paul Mayeda Berges. Screenwriter. Divorced.
husband:
Jeffrey Taylor. Producer.

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