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Bend It Like Beckham

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Bend It Like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama sports film produced, written, and directed by Gurinder Chadha, and starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis, and Archie Panjabi

The film's title refers to the football player David Beckham, and his skill at scoring from free kicks by curling the ball past a wall of defenders It follows the 18-year-old daughter of Punjabi Sikhs in London She is infatuated with football but her parents have forbidden her to play because she is a girl She joins a local women's team, which makes its way to the top of the league

Bend It Like Beckham was released theatrically on 12 April 2002 by Redbus Film Distribution, and on DVD and VHS on 18 November 2002 by Warner Home Video The film surprised critics and was met with mostly positive reviews and it earned over $76 million on a $6 million budget A stage musical version opened at London's Phoenix Theatre on 24 June 20153

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Production
    • 31 Filming
    • 32 Casting
  • 4 Release
    • 41 Theatrical
    • 42 Home media
  • 5 Reception
    • 51 Critical response
    • 52 Box office
    • 53 Accolades
      • 531 Wins
      • 532 Nominations
  • 6 Soundtrack
    • 61 Release United Kingdom
    • 62 Release United States
  • 7 North Korean broadcast
  • 8 Stage musical
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Plotedit

Jesminder "Jess" Bhamra Parminder Nagra is the 18-year-old daughter of Punjabi Sikhs living in Hounslow, London Juliette "Jules" Paxton Keira Knightley is the same age and the daughter of a native English family Jess is infatuated with football, but because she's a woman, her family won't let her play However, she sometimes plays in the park with boys including her best friend, Tony Ameet Chana, a closet homosexual

Whilst on a jog through the park, Jules discovers Jess's skills, befriends her, and invites her to try out for the local women's football team, the Hounslow Harriers coached by Joe Jonathan Rhys Meyers Jess is extremely happy and excited about the tryouts, even though Joe is skeptical about a new player joining the team After seeing Jess's skills, Joe accepts her on the team and Jess lies to Joe about her parents being cool with the idea

Her parents eventually discover that Jess has been playing football behind their backs, Jess's parents Anupam Kher and Shaheen Khan become more strict and forbid Jess from playing any more matches The elder Bhamras are also distracted by their elaborate wedding plans for Jess's older sister, Pinky Archie Panjabi Thanks to Jess and Jules's skills, the Harriers reach the finals of the league tournament Unfortunately, the final and Pinky's wedding are on the same day

Joe pleads with Mr Bhamra to allow Jess to play, but Mr Bhamra refuses, revealing that he doesn't want Jess to suffer the same way he did when he was kicked out of the cricket club because of him being Indian Jess develops an attraction toward Joe, and when the team plays in Hamburg, Germany and goes out clubbing, they're caught about to kiss by Jules, who also has a crush on Joe, souring Jess and Jules's friendship, as Jules is adamant she'd told Jess about her crush When Jess goes to Jules's house to try to patch up their friendship, Jules's mother Juliet Stevenson is misled and thinks they're hiding a lesbian relationship

Joe accepts that Jess isn't allowed to play, and the final begins without her But halfway through Pinky's wedding, Tony convinces Mr Bhamra to let Jess go He agrees, and Tony drives Jess to the game, where the Harriers are losing 1–0 with half an hour left Jess and Jules tie the score, and when Jess is awarded a free kick, she must bend the ball around the wall of players to score She succeeds and the Harriers win the tournament Jess and Jules are offered scholarships at Santa Clara University in California, which Jules tells her parents immediately, whereas Jess has trouble telling hers Jules and her mother arrive at the wedding so that Jules can celebrate with Jess When Mrs Paxton accuses Jess of being a hypocrite and a lesbian, Jules grabs her mother and runs off in shame

Jess still hasn't told her parents about the scholarship Tony decides to lie to the family and tells them he's engaged to Jess as long as she gets to go to any college she wants Jess reveals the lie and her mother blames Jess's father for allowing her to play Jess's father convinces her mother to accept Jess's wishes after telling her he doesn't want Jess suffering as he did Jess flees to the football field to tell Joe of her parents' decision The two almost kiss, but Jess pulls away, saying her parents would object, and that although they had come far enough to let her go to America to play, she doesn't think they would be able to handle another cultural rebellion from her

On the day of Jess and Jules's flight, Jules's mother gives her daughter a football jersey and wishes her good luck The two are about to board the plane when Joe arrives and confesses his love for Jess The two kiss and Jess agrees to sort out their relationship and her parents when she returns for Christmas While at the airport, they see David Beckham with his wife Victoria, which Jules takes as a sign Jess and Jules send their parents a team photograph, and it is revealed that Pinky is pregnant Mr Bhamra practices cricket with Joe's help

Castedit

  • Parminder Nagra as Jesminder Kaur "Jess" Bhamra
  • Keira Knightley as Juliette "Jules" Paxton
  • Archie Panjabi as "Pinky" Kaur Bhamra
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe
  • Shaznay Lewis as Marlena "Mel" Goines
  • Anupam Kher as Mohaan Singh Bhamra
  • Shaheen Khan as Mrs "Sukhi" Kaur Bhamra
  • Frank Harper as Alan Paxton
  • Juliet Stevenson as Paula Paxton
  • Ameet Chana as Tony
  • Kulvinder Ghir as Teetu
  • Pooja Shah as Meena
  • Preeya Kalidas as Monica
  • Trey Farley as Taz
  • Saraj Chaudhry as Sonny
  • Paven Virk as Bubbly
  • Nithin Sathya uncredited as Waiter
  • Emma Daly as team player
  • Nina Wadia as Wedding Caterer
  • Ace Bhatti as Nairobi Grandson
  • David Beckham as himself
  • Gary Lineker as himself
  • Alan Hansen as himself
  • John Barnes as himself

Productionedit

Gurinder Chadha co wrote the script with Guljit Bindra, and screenwriting partner Paul Mayeda Berges Nayar and Chadha actively pursed financing for the film at Sundance Film Festival Having previously worked with Road Movies, a German production company, on several other projects, Nayar approached them and they came on board, followed by British Screen and The Film Council

Helkon SK, formerly known as Redbus, picked up the script Fox Searchlight Pictures picked up the rights for distribution in the United States at the Cannes Film Festival in 20024

Filmingedit

Principal photography began on 18 June 2001 A variety of locations around London and Shepperton Studios were used for the nine-week shoot, with the semi final taking place over a three-day period in Hamburg, Germany4

Castingedit

The film was situated in Hounslow in West London

Chadha, who played an active role in casting, chose Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley, who would play the two lead roles in the film, while Archie Panjabi and Jonathan Rhys Meyers were in early talks to join the cast Shaznay Lewis and Anupam Kher were also in final talks to join the film Juliet Stevenson and Frank Harper joined the cast of the film, playing Paula Paxton and Alan Paxton, mother and father of Jules

For the role of Jess' mother, Mrs Bhamra, Chadha turned to Shaheen Khan, whom she had previously cast in Bhaji on the Beach Anupam Kher, a Bollywood actor, was cast as Mr Bhamra, Jess' father Chadha worked with The Football Association and ended up casting actual players from a variety of school teams4

Releaseedit

Theatricaledit

Bend It Like Beckham was released theatrically on 12 April 2002 by Redbus Film Distribution The film then received a limited theatrical release in the United States on 12 March 2003, by Fox Searchlight Pictures When originally released in the United Kingdom, it topped the country's box office for the next three weekends, before being overtaken by About a Boy56

Home mediaedit

The film was released on DVD and VHS on 18 November 2002 by Warner Home Video Among the DVD bonus features, there are several scenes that did not make the final release Some of these scenes include dialogue from Pinky's friends as well as Jules, her mother meeting Kevin and his friends outside a shop, which would have been helpful because Kevin is mentioned three times but is never seen

Receptionedit

Critical responseedit

Jonathan Rhys Meyers was praised by critics for his performance

The film surprised critics and was met with mostly positive reviews Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times noted that the film "was really full of easy humor, an impeccable sense of milieu that is the result of knowing the culture intimately enough to poke fun at it while understanding its underlying integrity"7

The Times of India noted the film's social context, saying, "it is really about the bending of rules, social paradigms and lives – all to finally curl that ball, bending it like Beckham, through the goalpost of ambition The creeping divide shows that Britain is changing, but hasn't quite changed yet The stiff upper lip has travelled miles from the time Chadha's father was denied a pint at some pubs at Southall, but like dollops of coagulated spice in badly stirred curry, discrimination crops up to spoil the taste, every now and then, in multi-racial Britain"8

Planet Bollywood gave the film a 9 out of 10 and stated that the "screenplay not only explores the development of Jesse as a person, but also the changing values and culture of NRI teens: Jesse's urge to break the social norm of the Indian homemaker, her sister's Archie Punjabi sexually-active relationship, and the gay Indian Tony, played by Ameet Chana"9

The Hindu argued "if ever there is a film that is positive, realistic and yet delightful, then it has to be Dream Production's latest venture directed by Gurinder Chadha Light hearted, without taking away the considerable substance in terms of values, attitudes and the love for sport, the film just goes to prove that there are ways to be convincing and honest"10

The BBC gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and argued that "Mr Beckham ought to be proud to have his name on such a great film"11 Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives Bend It like Beckham a rating of 85%, based upon 147 reviews 125 fresh and 22 rotten12 The British film was distributed by iDream Productions in India,13 and went on to set the record in India for most number of tickets sold during a single weekend for a foreign movie

Box officeedit

Bend It Like Beckham also became the highest grossing Indian themed film ever in the United States, with $32 million in box office revenue14

Accoladesedit

Winsedit

  • 2004 Pyongyang Film Festival: Music Prize
  • 2002 British Comedy Awards: Best comedy film
  • 2003 ESPY Awards: Best Sports Movie ESPY Award15
  • 2004 GLAAD Media Awards: Outstanding Film – Wide Release

Nominationsedit

  • 2006 Billie Award – Entertainment Best film
  • 2004 Writers Guild of America Award – Best Screenplay
  • 2003 British Academy of Film and Television Arts – Best film
  • 2003 Golden Globe for Best Film – Musical or Comedy
  • 2002 Locarno International Film Festival: Audience Award – Gurinder Chadha
  • 2002 London Film Critics Circle Awards: British Best Newcomer – Keira Knightley
  • 2002 International Film Festival of Marrakech: Special Jury Award – Gurinder Chadha
  • 2003 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures: Special Recognition
  • 2002 Sydney Film Festival: PRIX UIP – Gurinder Chadha
  • 2003 The Comedy Festival: Film Discovery Jury Award – Gurinder Ch

Soundtrackedit

Music from the Motion Picture Bend It Like Beckham
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 2002
Recorded 2000-2002
Genre Bhangra
Pop
Label Milan Entertainment US
Cube Records UK
Producer Various artists
AllMusic link

The release of the soundtrack in the United Kingdom features bhangra music, songs by the Spice Girls' Victoria Beckham and Melanie C and rock band Texas It also features "Baddest Ruffest" by Backyard Dog, the aria Nessun Dorma, from Puccini's Turandot and excerpts from dance band Basement Jaxx The USA release rearranges the tracks and excludes some material "Dream the Dream" appears in the movie but did not make the final cut on the soundtrack

Release United Kingdomedit

  1. Craig Pruess & Bally Sagoo Feat Gunjan – "Titles"
  2. Blondie – "Atomic"
  3. Backyard Dog – "Baddest Ruffest"
  4. B21 – "Darshan"
  5. Movie Dialogue – "It's Beckham's Corner"
  6. Victoria Beckham – "I Wish"
  7. Movie Dialogue – "Learn To Cook Dahl"
  8. Malkit Singh – "Jind Mahi"
  9. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – "Tere Bin Nahin Lagda"
  10. Bally Sagoo Feat Gunjan – "Noorie"
  11. Movie Dialogue – "Juicy Juicy Mangoes"
  12. Basement Jaxx – "Do Your Thing"
  13. Movie Dialogue – "Eyes Down"
  14. Texas – "Inner Smile"
  15. Melanie C – "Independence Day"
  16. Movie Dialogue – "Can't Make Round Chapattis"
  17. Hans Raj Hans – "Punjabiyan Di Shaan"
  18. Gunjan – "Kinna Sohna"
  19. Tito Beltrán – "Nessun Dorma"
  20. Movie Dialogue – "The Offside Rule Is"
  21. Bina Mistry – "Hot Hot Hot"
  22. Craig Pruess & Bally Sagoo Feat Gunjan – "Hai Raba!"
  23. Curtis Mayfield – "Move on Up"

Release United Statesedit

  1. Craig Pruess & Bally Sagoo Feat Gunjan – "Titles"
    • Movie Dialogue – "It's Beckham's Corner"
  2. Texas – "Inner Smile"
  3. Malkit Singh – "Jind Mahi"
  4. Bally Sagoo Feat Gunjan – "Noorie"
    • Movie Dialogue – "Learn To Cook Dahl"
  5. Victoria Beckham – "I Wish"
    • Movie Dialogue – "Juicy Juicy Mangoes"
  6. Gunjan – "Kinna Sohna"
  7. Partners in Rhyme featuring Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – "Tere Bin Nahin Lagda"
    • Movie Dialogue – "Can't Make Round Chapattis"
  8. Melanie C – "Independence Day"
  9. B21 – "Darshan"
    • Movie Dialogue – "Eyes Down"
  10. Bina Mistry – "Hot Hot Hot"
  11. Blondie – "Atomic"
  12. Craig Pruess & Bally Sagoo Feat Gunjan – "Hai Raba!"
  13. Tito Beltrán – "Nessun Dorma"

North Korean broadcastedit

To mark the tenth anniversary of North Korea's relations with the United Kingdom, an edited version of Bend It Like Beckham was broadcast on North Korean state television on 26 December 2010, Boxing Day The British Ambassador to South Korea, Martin Uden, said it was the "first ever Western made film to air on television" in North Korea16

Stage musicaledit

Main article: Bend It Like Beckham the Musical

A stage musical version of the film opened at London's Phoenix Theatre in June 20153

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "Bend It Like Beckham 12" British Board of Film Classification 11 March 2002 Retrieved 23 September 2016 
  2. ^ Bend It Like Beckham at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ a b "Bend It Like Beckham the Musical" 
  4. ^ a b c "Bend It Like Beckham : Production Notes" Cinemacom  External link in |website= help
  5. ^ "Weekend box office 12th April 2002 - 14th April 2002" www25thframecouk Retrieved 25 April 2017 
  6. ^ "Weekend box office 19th April 2002 - 21st April 2002" www25thframecouk Retrieved 25 April 2017 
  7. ^ Turan, Kenneth 12 March 2003 "Bend it Like Beckham: Movie Review" Los Angeles Times Archived from the original on 24 November 2007 Retrieved 28 March 2016 
  8. ^ Review: Bend it like Beckham is like curry at the Wayback Machine archived 2 March 2009 Times of India review 10 July 2002
  9. ^ Bend It Like Beckham Archived 2 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine Planet Bollywood review 27 June 2003 Retrieved on 3 November 2011
  10. ^ Bend It Like Beckham The Hindu 19 July 2002
  11. ^ Jamie Russell Bend it Like Beckham 2002 Bbccouk 11 April 2002 Retrieved on 3 November 2011
  12. ^ "Bend It Like Beckham" Rotten Tomatoes Flixster Retrieved 5 October 2010 
  13. ^ SSKI's Shripal Morakhia divests 50% stake in iDream to management team Indiantelevision 23 April 2014
  14. ^ Dropping Lesbian Romance from Beckham the Right Decision Archived 15 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine AfterEllencom Retrieved on 3 November 2011
  15. ^ http://espngocom/espys/
  16. ^ "North Korea bends it like Beckham in UK film first" BBC 30 December 2010 Retrieved 30 December 2010 

External linksedit

  • Bend It Like Beckham on IMDb
  • Bend It Like Beckham at AllMovie
  • Bend It Like Beckham at Box Office Mojo
  • Bend It Like Beckham at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Bend It Like Beckham at Metacritic
  • Film portal
  • United Kingdom portal
  • India portal
  • 2000s portal

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