Review of Bend It Like
started out as a British-Indian film.
Then, it became a British film.
Now, it is a classic movie that has been accepted
by a worldwide audience. The movie’s
motto is- “Who wants to cook Aloo Gobi when you can bend a ball like Beckham?” It turns out that this message appeals not
just to British teenagers, but also to teenagers in America, India, Australia and everywhere else. With this movie, Gurinder Chada establishes
herself as a director who can bring Indian stories to a global audience putting
her in the same league as Mira
operates at many levels. At one level,
it is the story of how an Indian family in Britain resists acculturation. The young Indian lady
who wants to be a soccer star has to fight tradition as well as the bitter
racial experiences of her father. At
another level, it is the story of sports and women. The universality of the movie emerges from this
theme. Even though, women have long had
the opportunity to participate in sports in Western societies, cultural
acceptance of athletic women has been hard to come by. In the movie, the enduring friendship between
the young Indian soccer star and her British peer is the pivotal
relationship. The most memorable
character is, perhaps, the mother of the British soccer player who equates
women athletes with a certain sexual persuasion! Ultimately, the movie is about the empowerment
succeeds in telling a powerful story without resorting to rants or lecturing
the audience. The humorous approach to
these serious topics succeeds in bringing the message home.
December 21, 2006
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