W.O.C Gurinder Chadha
Gurinder Chadha is one of the well-known Filmmaker in Bollywood (Indian) industry. Gurinder Chadha was born in Kenya in 1951. Her family moved to their native land, in India, due to the rising political conflict in Kenya. They eventually moved back in Southall, West London on 1951-1961.
Chadha started her career as a news reporter in BBC Radio. She directed several award-winning documentaries for the BBC. In addition to that, she moved to the BFI and Channel four who produced the 30-minutes documentary. One of them was, I’m English But….(1989-1990). It was about young English Asian who, detest their parents and listen to Acid Bhangra, a mix of Punjabi Bhangra and rap.
In 1990, Chadha set up her own production company call Umbl Films. Her first theatrical film, Nice Arrangement (1991-1994) was about 11-minutes short. It was about a British-Asian wedding and why women chose to marry from their parent’s choice.
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Since, I am from India so I found out about her movies through Asian Channels on TV’s interviews, Indian magazines and through Indian websites. I saw couple of her movies such as Bride and Prejudice and Bend it Like Beckham, which are remarkably done. Previously, I have not seen many South Asian Women director in filmmaking in a Bollywood field. In my Opinion, it could be because they do not much appreciated through our society and cultural barrier prevent them from coming in to this field.
She is known for her work; consequently, it was not hard for me to find out more about her biography. Moreover, I found her movies and documentaries are much thought provoking, in each of her movies, there is a lesson to learn from. There is always this message conveying us that we should believe in ourselves and become what we want to be.
I would recommend people to see her for work at least once.
Some of her works include:
Dallas - (Director / 2006 / Announced /)
Freedom at Midnight - (Director / / Announced /)
I Dream of Jeannie - (Director / / Announced /)
London - (Director / / Announced /)
London - (Screenplay / / Announced /)
Nine Wives - (Director / / Announced /)
The Closet (Remake) - (Director / / Announced /)
The Closet (Remake) - (Screenplay / / Announced /)
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snagging - (Director((in negotiations)) / In-Production /)
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging - (Screenplay/ / In-Production /)
Paris Je T'aime - (Director / 2006 / Released /)
The Mistress of Spices - (Producer / 2006 / Released/)
Bride and Prejudice - (Director / 2005 / Released /)
Bend It Like Beckham - (Director / 2003 / Released /)
What's Cooking? - (Director / 2000 / Released /)
The Stupids - (Reporter No 1 / 1996 / Released /)
Bhaji On the Beach - (Director / 1994 / Released /Pathe Cinema)
London - (Thanks / 1994 / Released /)
What Do You Call An Indian Woman Who's Funny? -(Director / 1994 / Released /)
The Wonderful World of Pierre and Gilles - (Director /1993 / Released /)
Acting Our Age - (Director / 1992 / Released /)
A Nice Arrangement - (Director / 1990 / Released /)
I'm British But... - (Director / 1989- / Released /)
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