Bhaji On The Beach


1h 40m 1993

Brief Synopsis

Three generations of Indian women embark on a day trip to the British resort town of Blackpool: Asha, a young woman in conflict between her traditional upbringing and modern British life; Ginder, an abused wife who has left her husband; Simi, a counselor at a shelter run for women; Hashida, a pre-me

Film Details

Also Known As
Bhaji, une balade à Blackpool
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1993
Production Company
Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Film4 Productions; Filmfour International; Woodhall Catering
Distribution Company
Bim Distribuzione; First Independent Films; First Look Pictures; PathT International; Pathe Image; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Blackpool, England, United Kingdom; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

Three generations of Indian women embark on a day trip to the British resort town of Blackpool: Asha, a young woman in conflict between her traditional upbringing and modern British life; Ginder, an abused wife who has left her husband; Simi, a counselor at a shelter run for women; Hashida, a pre-med student who has just learned that she is pregnant by her black boyfriend, Oliver; Pushpa and Bina, two sari-clad, older traditional women; Rekha, a stylish visitor from Bombay; Amrik, Ginder's 5 year-old son; and two teenage girls, Ladhu and Madhu, who are only concerned with the local boys. Sick about his wife's and son's disappearance, Ranjit sets off after Ginder with his macho brother in tow. When Asha inadvertently reveals that Hashida is pregnant, the older women call her a whore and she runs off in shame. After a reunion with Oliver and a foiled kidnapping attempt by Ranjit and his brother, the women return home with a better understanding of the commonalities that bind them.

Crew

Julie Akroyd

Other

Gavin Alexander

3rd Assistant Director

Shad Ali

Post-Production Coordinator

John Altman

Music

Howard Arundel

1st Assistant Director

Ronald Bailey

Sound Recordist

Kuljit Bhamra

Additional Music

Paul Biggs

Props Storeman/Driver

Simon Bradley

Model

Penny Braithwaite

Camera Jobfit Trainee

Billy Bridge

Other

Derek Brown

Production Designer

Paul Carr

Dubbing Mixer

Michael Carter

Model

Gurinder Chadha

From Story

Jaswinder Chowdhary

Art Department Runner

Adam Coles

Other

Gina Cromwell

Production Buyer

Suzanne Crowley

Casting

Liz Davis

Makeup Artist

Mike Donald

Boom Operator

James Ford

Production Runner

Julie Fox

Makeup Assistant

Glenn Freemantle

Supervising Dubbing Editor

Paddy Hamilton

Scenic Artist

Andy Hennigan

Accountant

Jackie Hodgeson

Makeup Artist

Bob Horsefield

Best Boy

John Kenway

Director Of Photography

Sabine Kumeling

Wardrobe Supervisor

Greg Long

Standby Props

Mike Malik

Props Master

Nadine Marsh-edwards

Producer

Sally Morgan

2nd Assistant Director

Felicity Newton

Production Coordinator

Joyce Chinna Opaka

Sound Jobfit Trainee

Oral Norrie Ottey

Editor

Christine Parry

Stills Photographer

Jan Pester

Steadicam Operator

David Pinnington

Location Manager

Gilly Poole

Casting

Dane Power

Standby Carpenter/Painter

Craig Preuss

Music

Helen Rayner

Art Director

Paul Sarony

Line Producer

Patric Scott

Publicist

Mark Scrivens

Grip

Danuta Skarszewska

Script Supervisor

Suzanne Smith

Casting

Rob Southam

Other

Meera Syal

Screenwriter

Meera Syal

From Story

Kenny Sykes

Gaffer

Annie Symons

Costume Designer

Alf Tramontin

Steadicam Operator

Julie Van Pragg

Makeup Supervisor

Tim Vine

Assistant Editor

Robert Williams

Model

Rod Woodruff

Stunt Man

Film Details

Also Known As
Bhaji, une balade à Blackpool
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1993
Production Company
Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Film4 Productions; Filmfour International; Woodhall Catering
Distribution Company
Bim Distribuzione; First Independent Films; First Look Pictures; PathT International; Pathe Image; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Blackpool, England, United Kingdom; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring May 18, 1994

Released in United States June 22, 1994

Released in United States on Video January 9, 1996

Released in United States August 1993

Released in United States September 1993

Released in United States October 1993

Released in United States 1994

Released in United States January 1994

Released in United States March 1994

Released in United States April 1994

Released in United States 1995

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival August 14-29, 1993.

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (in competition) August 5-15, 1993.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (First Cinema) September 9-18, 1993.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 1-17, 1993.

Shown at MIFED in Milan October 24-29, 1993.

Shown at New Directors/New Films in New York City March 18 - April 3, 1994.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 6-16, 1994.

Shown at San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (opening night) March 3-10, 1994.

Shown at Contemporary Films of the African Diaspora Festival in New York City November 24 - December 8, 1995.

Feature directorial debut for documentarian Gurinder Chadha.

Began shooting September 21, 1992.

Completed shooting October 23, 1992.

Released in United States Spring May 18, 1994

Released in United States June 22, 1994 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States August 1993 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival August 14-29, 1993.)

Released in United States August 1993 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (in competition) August 5-15, 1993.)

Released in United States September 1993 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (First Cinema) September 9-18, 1993.)

Released in United States October 1993 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 1-17, 1993.)

Released in United States April 1994 (Shown in New York City (The Asia Society) as part of program "Asian Encounters: Recent Works by Asian American and British Asian Filmmakers" April 6-10, 1994.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Contemporary Films of the African Diaspora Festival in New York City November 24 - December 8, 1995.)

Released in United States 1994 (Shown at New Directors/New Films in New York City March 18 - April 3, 1994.)

Released in United States January 1994 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 6-16, 1994.)

Released in United States March 1994 (Shown at San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (opening night) March 3-10, 1994.)

Released in United States on Video January 9, 1996

Released in United States October 1993 (Shown at MIFED in Milan October 24-29, 1993.)