Indian-born Gurinder Chadha is a British filmmaker of motion pictures. Her films mostly focus on the lives of Indians who reside in England. The struggles that Indian women residing in the UK face when their traditional and modern cultures converge are recurring issues in her writing. Though many of her movies appear to be straightforward quirky comedies about Indian women, they actually tackle a variety of social and emotional themes, particularly those that affect immigrants who are torn between two cultures.
Her work frequently includes book-to-movie adaptations, although she does so with a unique style. Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010), and Viceroy’s House is some of her best-known works (2017). Her most recent productions are Beecham House on television and the biographical musical comedy-drama Blinded by the Light.
Chadha started her media career in radio in the middle of the 1980s before transitioning to BBC television news reporting. She produced and directed prestigious documentaries for the British Film Institute, the BBC, and Channel Four. For Channel 4, she produced and directed the 1989 documentary I’m British but…, which focused on the lives of young British Asians. Chadha founded Umbi Films in 1990 despite not having any official film training. Her debut feature, an 11-minute movie called Nice Arrangement (1991), was about an Asian wedding in Britain. In 1991, it was chosen for the critics’ section at the Cannes Film Festival.